Emma hoping for a good FA Cup run
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:37AM UTC, Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Charlton women’s team will be hoping to test themselves against higher-league opposition if they can continue progressing in the FA Women’s Cup, says forward Emma Harrison.
The Addicks face Wolverhampton Wanderers, currently lying bottom of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) North, in the third round of the cup on Sunday at Sporting Club Thamesmead (2pm).
And, with FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) 2 teams entering at this stage and FAWSL 1 sides in the fifth round, should Charlton defeat the West Midlanders they could be rewarded with a tie against a top team sooner rather than later.
Harrison says it would be a good chance for her team to test themselves and, having defeated FAWSL 2 side Oxford United in a friendly last weekend, would be confident of getting a result.
She said: “Wolves will be a tough game – it will be nice to see what sort of standard they are and whether we can match that and play football again.
“Hopefully we can put in a good performance and get everyone’s confidence up and a good feeling in training.
“It’s nice to put together a cup run, especially in the FA Cup when the big boys come in; it’s a good experience to play against teams of that standard and see how we match up to that.
“When you can put in performances against big teams it always makes a difference.
“I thought we did alright against Oxford and it just shows that we have got the ability and that if the possibility of promotion did ever arise we might be able to do well in that sort of league.”
In the last few weeks, Charlton have been on the other side, beating two teams from a couple of divisions below them in other cup competitions.
A tricky away clash with London & South East Premier Division side Old Actonians a fortnight ago was overcome to book a place in the Capital Cup semi finals.
And on Thursday they saw off the challenge of Carshalton Athletic, a team in the same division as Actonians, by winning 6-1 to advance into the Ryman Cup final, where they will play Gillingham or Tottenham.
Harrison was pleased with her side’s performance against a plucky underdog on a bobbly pitch that has seen plenty of action recently. And the winger was also impressed by their opponents, who have a chance of an FA Cup upset this weekend when they face FAWPL South strugglers Keynsham Town.
“The pitch wasn’t great but I think we made the most of it,” she said, “and played some nice football.
“[It was a slow start], coming in from work you’re a bit sluggish, everyone’s rushing about, quick warm up and then straight out onto the pitch but I think we made the most of it and had quite a lot of possession.
“Carshalton tried to play football, which was good for us because I think we struggle when teams just want to hoof it. They tried to play out from the back and gave a good account of themselves.”