Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:44AM UTC, Friday, 02 March 2012
Paul Mortimer believes the possibility of playing in a cup final is all the motivation the Charlton Women’s team needs for Sunday’s London Cup semi final against Tottenham Hotspur.
With the Addicks coming into a busy schedule of playing five games in just fourteen days, technical director Mortimer will utilise the depth of his squad and change the team – especialy with Fliss Gibbons away on international duty.
The game kicks off at 10.30am at Harlow FC and, with the chance to add to their trophy haul from last season, Mortimer feels his players should be excited for the clash.
He said: “There should be no need for me to motivate the players at all. There is a chance to get through to a cup final – a chance for silverware. That should be enough.
“You want to know what it feels like to win, you want to keep that feeling and you want to understand what it takes to win and we are in the middle of doing that.
“We are playing ugly, some of the football is fantastic, some of it isn’t but we are winning games. We are looking after Megen at the back well enough and limiting what work she has to do.”
The manager will be hoping the unusual kick off time will not affect the players, as it did him when he played professionally.
He added: “I used to hate playing early kick offs. I don’t think I ever played the full game; I was dragged at half time most of the time!
“It can [affect the players] but a lot of the girls came through centre of excellence football, which is 10 o’clock kick offs so it shouldn’t really be an issue – not when there is a cup final at the end of it.
“It is going to be very interesting. The girls are going to have to prepare properly.”
Tottenham Ladies v Charlton Athletic Women
London Women’s Cup, Semi Final
Location: Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5BE
When: Sunday 4 March
Kick off: 1030
Tottenham Hotspur (Last Season):
South-East Combination: 1st
FA Women’s Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 2-1 to Colchester United)