Amy's flying start
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:44PM BST, Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Amy Howlett made a flying start to her time with the Charlton women’s team, netting within 24 seconds of her competitive debut against Keynsham Town on Sunday.
Howlett put pen to paper on Friday, having impressed as a trialist during pre-season, confirming her move from FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One side Ipswich Town.
And with her first touch in a league game for Charlton, she sent her new side on the way to a 12-1 rout of Keynsham, volleying home a Sam Pittuck cross with less than half a minute played.
The midfielder could have had more, going close three or four times, and was pleased with her and her team’s start to the season, as they became the early pacesetters.
She said: “I think the formation we play suits me really well. Playing that diamond shape enables me to come inside and get on the ball more so I think that’s helping me score a lot of goals.
“I think I shocked myself, I couldn’t believe it! It was a great start to the game and set us up well so I am really happy. Hopefully more goals will come in time.
“Those kind of games can go either way but being six up at half time, we didn’t just sit back and relax, we pushed on to score more goals and I think it worked really well and the girls came together really well. It was a good game to play in and we passed the ball around really well.”
Initially impressing the Addicks’ management in a friendly whilst playing for Ipswich, a game the Reds won 13-1, Howlett played in two pre-season games for Charlton, scoring in both.
And, after over 15 years playing for Ipswich, the 27-year-old midfielder admitted she felt it was time to try her luck in a higher division and made the decision to join Charlton – a choice that has reaped instant dividends.
“It was just taking the opportunity to make the next step up, playing at a higher level,” she said on the move.
“Once I met the girls as well I got on really well with them and they made me feel really welcome. I got on very well in the pre-season friendlies so I made the decision on actually signing and I’m glad I did.
“The thing with living so far out, most decent clubs play around London way so it’s quite hard and you have to make that commitment if you want to make that step up and I feel like I am ready to do it at the moment.”