Coombs buzzing after Bees victory
Report by Greg Carter
Page last updated at 10:05PM UTC, Tuesday, 06 November 2018
The Charlton Women were victorious once again as they fought out a 2-0 win against London Bees at The Oakwood on Sunday.
They are an established team so we knew they were going to come at us so we had to be at our best again to get the result.
The Addicks carried on their unbeaten record at their new base in Crayford, through an early goal from Liz Ejupi and a penalty from strike partner Gemma Bryan moments before half time.
Captain Grace Coombs was delighted with the three points and, more importantly as a defender, another clean sheet.
"We are pleased with the win. That's three on the bounce - we're scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, so we can't really complain. Every game in this league's going to be tough and they are an established team so we knew they were going to come at us so we had to be at our best again to get the result," explained the centre back.
"The game was a bit scrappy at times. We know that we should've kept the ball better than we did so I think we made it a bit scrappy. But we are learning to win games when it gets like that so I think we're getting to the point where we can grit our teeth and grind out results and still create chances."
Coombs also praised goalkeeper Katie Startup, who was named Player of the Match by sponsors BiKBBI after an impressive performance.
"We rode their pressure well. I think we rode our luck a little bit at times but sometimes you need that. When you have a keeper like Katie in goal then you know that if it gets past we have so much confidence in her that she will save goals.
"We know we're going to score goals and create chances so for the defenders, if we can keep clean sheets, we're always going to give ourselves a chance."
The triumph puts Charlton just two points behind FA Women's Championship pace-setters Tottenham Hotspur and keeps them level with Manchester United.
Coombs says she's been pleasantly surprised with how the season has gone so far, but the Addicks' next game, away to Spurs, in two weeks will be a tough one.
"We're really pleased with how we've started. We're just going to every game, doing our preparation and getting the results. I don't think any of us thought we'd be here but it just proves the hard work we've put in and how much we can improve.
"We got two weeks to prepare, we'll work in training and it gives people that we've got coming back from injury, time to get a few more sessions under their belt and push on for the Spurs game."