Charley looking to get back on the goal trail
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 5:44PM BST, Wednesday, 02 September 2015
Charley Clifford hopes the Charlton women’s team can record their first win of the season when they face Plymouth Argyle at Haye Road, Elburton on Sunday (1pm).
The Addicks have drawn their opening two matches of the FA Women’s Premier League season, 1-1 against C&K Basildon and 0-0 against Brighton.
Despite their current low-scoring exploits, the Plymouth clash is bound to bring goals, with the three encounters between the pair last season yielding 28 of them, with Charlton coming out on top on all three occasions (7-1, 5-3 and 11-1).
And, after week off due to FAWPL Cup opponents Gloucester City being unable to raise a team, midfielder Clifford says the team are raring to get back out onto the pitch and amongst the goals.
She said: “[The lack of a match last weekend] was frustrating because we’ve not scored many goals this year so I felt like we needed a bit of a run to try to get as many goals as we could.
“But obviously it wasn’t meant to be so we just had a training session, with some shooting practice so hopefully we can get our scoring back up.
“It’ll just mean so much to everyone to get our first three points on the board and against Plymouth we are going to do our best to get that first win.
“We’ve got a tough run coming up, with Spurs midweek and Portsmouth after that so it’s going to be two tough games that we’re going to have to be at our best so if we can start to get a run going then hopefully we can take it into them two games.”
The two draws represent a mixed start to their campaign, with Clifford and others admitting the Basildon stalemate ‘felt like a loss’.
However, a much improved performance the following Sunday saw a better result against one of only two teams that finished above Charlton last term, and one they are likely to be fighting for the title with this time around.
And Clifford hopes the latter will give them some momentum to build on, with winnable ties against Plymouth and Basildon, again, being followed by a tough run of fixtures that includes Tottenham twice, West Ham, Cardiff City and reigning champions Portsmouth.
“With Basildon, we didn’t play well but they constantly had 10 players behind the ball and it was really hard to break them down,” the 22-year-old added.
“Their keeper made some great saves, our keeper made some great saves; it was just one of those days.
“Against Brighton, it would have been great if we had got the win but they’re a tough side and are going to be up there this season and we’ve got to try and compete with them so a draw against them is decent.
“Let’s just hope we can start getting a few more points on the board starting with Plymouth on Sunday.”