Charley looking to keep the pressure on
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:51PM GMT, Friday, 18 March 2016
With the race for the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South title hotting up, the Charlton women’s team face a ‘must-win’ game against Coventry United at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The Addicks are currently the team with its destiny in its own hands, six points behind league leaders Brighton with two games in hand.
And midfielder Charley Clifford has called on her team mates to keep grinding out the wins – like they did last weekend when a 74th minute Stef Simmons free kick downed Lewes 1-0.
With a superior goal difference to the Seagulls and more matches remaining, five wins out of five wins would see Charlton lift the title – and get a shot at the Championship play-off with a place in the FA Women’s Super League at stake.
And Clifford expects a tight run in, with a tough clash against the FAWPL South’s 2013/14 champions to come first and foremost.
She said: “This is another must-win game. Where we are at the moment, we just need to grind out some of those wins and get as many points as possible and hopefully we can do that throughout the rest of the season.
“They’re a tough team to play because they’re up there as well so at the moment a win is a win, especially against the bigger teams.
“We just need to keep winning every game and hope other teams around us keep dropping points like Cardiff did against West Ham last weekend.
“We need to win the rest of our games, so do Brighton, so do Cardiff, so do Coventry, so whoever’s got the best consistency in the end is going to win – hopefully that’s us.”
Despite a ‘poor’ first half performance last weekend on the south coast, the Addicks managed to grind out that victory against Lewes, meaning a win this Sunday will move them just one win off top spot.
And Clifford says the team are hoping to keep putting the pressure on Brighton, who also have a difficult schedule to end the season with.
“We were poor in the first half [against Lewes] but in the second we came out all guns blazing and could have had a few in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
“We want to keep Brighton on their toes so we needed that win on Sunday and fortunately we got it in the end. It could have been better with goal difference but a win’s a win.
“Brighton have still got some tough games to come, with Portsmouth – we can’t rule them out either because they’re just behind us and they’re one of the best teams we’ve played at home this season.”