Charley looking forward to 3 weeks of Cup Football
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:23PM GMT, Saturday, 10 January 2015
Charley Clifford hopes the Charlton women’s team can turn more of their good performances into wins in 2015 to help them in the rest of their campaign.
The Addicks are in cup mode, hosting Cardiff City in the FA Cup second round on Sunday (2pm) at Sporting Club Thamesmead before Carshalton Athletic come to south-east London in the Ryman Cup semi final on Thursday (7.45pm).
The following week Charlton travel to Old Actonians as they begin the defence of the Capital Cup and on 1 February they make the trip to Lancing for an FA Women’s Premier League Cup quarter final against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Clifford has been pleased with her side’s form before Christmas, with Charlton sitting third in the FAWPL South, and hopes to push on with cup runs and a tilt at promotion to the FA Women’s Super League.
Speaking after her two goals helped Charlton defeat Maidstone United 7-0 in the Ryman Cup quarter final last year, she said: “[This season has] been a little bit up and down
“I think we’ve had more ups than downs but when we’ve had our downs we feel like we should have won the games rather than playing rubbish and losing that way.
“I think there’s only been one game that’s happened this season so that’s really good but going forward we don’t want to be feeling like we should have won games, we want to actually win them. We just need to keep playing well and winning.”
Charlton are looking to make it a hat-trick of Capital Cup (formerly London Cup) victories, having beaten Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the two previous years.
The Ryman Cup is a new competition and with a semi-final with Carshalton standing in the way of another final, they will be confident of progression there.
The FA Cup, which will kick off the Addicks’ 2015, is there to, hopefully, test them against some of the FAWSL sides, while the FAWPL Cup is also within grasp, despite a tricky draw.
Clifford is pleased to still be fighting for silverware on five fronts, including the FAWPL South, and hopes the amount of home games they have in the remainder of the campaign will aid their chances.
“[Against Maidstone] we knew what we had to do to get through and it’s another cup we want to win,” she added.
“We just had to do a professional job and that’s what we did, even if we didn’t play to our best, we still did the job and came away with the win.
“We are hoping we can carry on this cup run we have been on now, we’re not too far from the final here but that’s for every cup going as well.
“We still have the FA Cup, League Cup and the London Cup coming up and we want to go as far as possible in those.
“We’ve not lost at home this season so fingers crossed we can keep it that way and go unbeaten all season there and that would be really good for us as a team and as a club because it shows a lot of character to be able to do that.”