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Charley Clifford in action at The Valley - Photo Keith Gillard
Charley's cup hopes are crystal clear
Charley's cup hopes are crystal clear
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:37AM GMT, Sunday, 04 December 2016
The Charlton women’s team hope to keep their winning momentum up when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup first round proper on Sunday, says Charley Clifford
The Addicks come into the clash off the back of a 4-2 FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South victory against former champions Portsmouth that extends a winning run of seven matches that stretches back to early October.

Clifford scored twice in that match at Sporting Club Thamesmead and, although admitting it was not their best performance in the first half, she hopes her side can use it as momentum today.

She said: “I know [Portsmouth] have lost some players but they’ve still got some people there that know what it’s all about so they’re a strong team and beating them is a good achievement.

“To go into the Palace game on the back of a win against them is important and hopefully we can take that momentum in and continue to play as well as we did in the second half against Portsmouth.”

The last time Charlton were not victorious in a match was the previous time they played Palace, drawing 2-2 in Thamesmead. That followed an earlier 3-3 stalemate in Bromley and Clifford admits ‘it’s been too close the last couple of times we’ve played them’.

The FA Cup, though, is likely to spur the side on and, with the added prospect of playing at such a big ground, the midfielder is excited to get going. “They’ve made it such a big occasion by playing it there,” she added.

“It’s always good to play at the men’s ground, we’ve just got to play how we’ve previously played at the Valley. We’re used to playing on big pitches because we’ve done it before so maybe that might give us a bit of an advantage over them.

“I scored a few goals at the start of the season and then had a bit of a drought so it’s nice to get back scoring. Scoring in the last two games, fingers crossed I can keep it going and put a few past Palace – it’s always good to score against Palace, with the Charlton-Palace rivalry so fingers crossed.”

Tickets for the Crystal Palace match can be bought on the CPFC ticketing website at a price of £5. Tickets on the day will be priced at £7.50. U12s go Free if accompanied by an adult.

There are no concessions unfortunately for senior citizens or students. We as a club don’t have the tickets to sell so we urge you to buy them on-line if you want to save a few quid.

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