Charley - We've shown what we are capable of
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:46PM BST, Tuesday, 02 May 2017
The Charlton women’s team will next season be looking to emulate what Tottenham Hotspur have done this term, after two victories against the newly crowned FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South champions in the space of three days shows what they are capable of.
Until 10 days ago, Spurs had been unbeaten all season, bar an SSE Women’s FA Cup defeat to FA Women’s Super League 1 side Arsenal – before their impressive run was halted by Charlton’s 3-2 victory on their own soil.
And last Tuesday saw an even more important 2-1 victory that saw the Addicks retain their Capital Women’s Cup trophy for the fourth successive season.
It showed there is plenty of character in Charlton’s ranks, having already been on the losing side to Spurs twice this season, in both the FAWPL South home league match and the Ryman Women’s Cup final – and having gone a goal down both times last week.
And midfielder Charley Clifford says she is excited by what her side can do next season under the guidance of first team coach Riteesh Mishra, who has already had a huge influence on performances and results.
“I don’t think we would have done what we did [coming back from a goal down] at the start of the season,” Clifford said.
“Riteesh has come in and got really behind us, worked with us on how to prevent things like letting our heads drop and from Christmas onwards we’ve really started to come together and we’re working hard for each other, not just ourselves.
Having that togetherness and the mentality to go on to win like we have done tonight and come back from 1-0 down shows that something’s working and that something’s starting to click now and that everyone’s on the same wavelength.
“We left it too late this year [to challenge properly for the league title] but if we can all stick together and we know that we all want the same things, which is what we’ve been working towards since Christmas, then fingers crossed things are looking up for next year.
“We want to do what Tottenham have done this year in the league, as well as the cups.”
Next up, it’s the decider between two sides that know each other so well – the FAWPL Cup final takes place this Sunday 7 May at Broadhall Way, Stevenage, at 2pm.
That is the one both sides will be wanting to win, and it is Spurs who this time go into it as defending champions, with Charlton having won it the previous year.
Clifford reckons the momentum is all now firmly with her side. “[The FAWPL Cup has] been going since I was a kid and that is the one that everyone wants to win,” she added. “We’ve got the momentum now because we’ve just beaten them twice within a week so fingers crossed we can take that into the game and do what we did [on Tuesday].