Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:27AM GMT, Thursday, 21 February 2013
The Charlton womenís teamís clash with Barnet this weekend will be a tough match, says caretaker manager Bill Long, despite their opponents being bottom of the league.
The Addicks play their first FA Women’s Premier League game since December 2 at Bayliss Avenue (2pm kick off) against a side that have yet to win outside the League Cup this season.
Although they are struggling, they recently installed a new manager after their shock FA Cup loss to Yeovil Town, which occasionally fires teams out of a slump.
But, after his side secured an FA London Women’s Senior Cup final tie with Arsenal next month, Long is pleased how his side bounced back from successive cup losses to Oxford and Leeds.
He said: “We were poor against Oxford but at times against Leeds we were a very, very good side and a couple of naive mistakes have cost us but hopefully we have learnt from those.
“Looking at Sunday, we bounced through them (Spurs), we got a decent win and hopefully that moves us into the Barnet game. If we can get a good win there we are on the right path again.
“We need to get them three points on the board to help us play catch-up. If we can get two or three good results we are looking at the top of the table rather than the bottom.
“When a new manager comes in, often the results turn around for a while because the girls want to impress the new manager and I’m sure that will be the case for Barnet.
“Whatever happens they are going to be a hard-working side that wants to win – no one wants to go out and lose – so we have to be aware of that and have the same feelings.”
A Gemma Bryan hat-trick fired Charlton to a comfortable 4-0 win over Tottenham last weekend, banishing memories of last season’s 2-0 reverse at the same stage of the same competition.
Long was delighted his side still have a chance to end the season with silverware and revealed the girls used last year’s game as extra motivation to win this time around.
“It’s always good to get into a final and we have played reasonably well today,” he added. “Give the girls their dues, they’ve come out, worked hard for the win and they’ve got their just rewards.
“It sounds a really nice score line but, realistically it could have been a few more but our goalkeeper has had to make a few saves and she did that well.
“The girls were up for it today, you could see that in the changing room before the game. Tottenham beat us last year and I think some of the girls had that in the back of their minds.
“They knew they couldn’t be complacent and I don’t think they were. They came out, battled and played football at times too, which got us the result we deserved.”