Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:33PM BST, Thursday, 11 October 2012
Kim Dixson is hoping to lead the Charlton women’s team to cup success this season ahead of their Premier League Cup game against Brighton at Sporting Club Thamesmead this Sunday (KO 2pm).
Admission is free for Charlton Athletic season ticket holders (other tickets £4 for adults and £2 concessions) for the game at Thamesmead Town’s Bayliss Avenue ground.
Charlton’s first League Cup group stage game ended in a 4-1 win against Gillingham and with the side coming off two successive league wins, confidence is high.
And Dixson is looking for a measure of revenge after the Seagulls were the only team to defeat the Addicks during pre-season.
She said: “We have two cup games coming up now and we want to carry on that winning mentality – not concede goals and score as many goals as we can.
“One of my aims this year is to win some silverware. We let ourselves down in the London Cup last year, losing in the semi-final to Tottenham. That has haunted me for a whole season now.
“The League Cup is not out of our sights either, I think that we can beat anyone on our day so I don’t see why we can’t do it.
“We owe Brighton because we were shocking against them in pre-season. For the whole 90 minutes, we didn’t play football and we didn’t look like a team.”
Charlton ground out a tough 1-0 away win against Cardiff last weekend to add to their first victory of the campaign, a 7-2 rout of Portsmouth, the week before.
Caretaker manager Bill Long will not take Brighton lightly but hopes their newly found momentum, including their first clean sheet of the season, can run into this match and bring around a cup run.
“Our defending is the thing we have really been working on so to keep a clean sheet and win against Cardiff is great,” he said.
“The girls were immense at the back, the back four were fantastic and I hope it gives them confidence. It proves they can do it and to come a long way and start off the way they did is great.
“Hopefully one win leads to another, which it has done, and we go into to a cup game this weekend and hopefully that continues into the next two or three weeks and through the season.
“We want to do well in the cups. We want to go as far as we can so we will put out our strongest team possible and hopefully we can dig out another win, but maybe with a bit more flare about us.
“It’s a cup game so, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t look at division, we just have to beat the team that’s in front of us.
“They are going to come out and up their game because they are coming to a National Division side and we have to be ready for that.
“We can’t think it will be a walk in the park, we have to dig in and put Brighton under pressure and hopefully we will get the right result.”