Charley looking to keep the pressure on
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:07PM BST, Saturday, 04 April 2015
The Charlton women’s team will look to keep up the pressure on the top three in the FA Women’s Premier League South title race as they continue a busy end-of-season period.
The Addicks host second-placed Portsmouth tomorrow before travelling to Aveley to face West Ham United, who currently sit five points behind, on Tuesday.
A comfortable 5-0 victory over Lewes Ladies on Wednesday at Sporting Club Thamesmead increased Charlton’s winning run to 12 competitive games and their unbeaten run to 16.
The last time they tasted defeat was back in November against Brighton and Hove Albion and midfielder Charley Clifford hopes to keep that run going heading into their FA Women’s Cup quarter final test against Everton next weekend.
She said: “If we keep winning our games, we’re in with a chance of winning the league.
“I remember when we did win the league [in 2010/11], we weren’t playing well and we were about the same as where we are now and after Christmas we hit a run and at the moment that’s what we’ve done.
“We haven’t lost since Christmas and hopefully if we can carry that into every game, we’ll definitely be contenders.”
Clifford was one of five different players on the scoresheet against Lewes, netting a scorcher to put her side 2-0 to the good in a game they never looked like losing.
Just one of those scorers, Gemma Shepherd, was an attacking players, with defenders Stef Simmons, Grace Coombs and Sam Pittuck also on target.
With Kit Graham, who has racked up 40 goals in all competitions this season, the team’s obviously goalscoring threat, the fact that goals can come from all over the team gives Clifford confidence.
“Considering out of the five different goalscorers, one was a striker so that gives good confidence for the team, knowing that we can get goals all around the pitch rather than just relying on Kit,” she added.
“We can’t just rely on her all the time; imagine if she gets injured, so today just goes to show that everyone can score.
“Over the recent weeks, we haven’t really been playing well but we’ve been grinding results out but today we actually played as a team; even when Jel made the changes, we still played as a team and didn’t let anyone slip out of place.
“Everything just seemed to work: me and Kimmy clicked, and we clicked with Gem and Kit going forward and then when the girls came on in the second half, we just all tried to do what we knew we could do.”