Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
First Team travel to Colchester on Sunday
First Team travel to Colchester on Sunday
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 8:29PM UTC, Friday, 25 March 2011
After an impressive win over league leaders Keynsham, Paul Mortimer wants the Charlton Women’s team to have more self-belief going into the final seven games of the season.
Quote by: Paul Mortimer“That was the consistency I have been looking for and it needs to be there against Colchester on Sunday because if it is, I don’t care who we are playing, we can beat most teams". Quote by: Paul Mortimer
Paul Mortimer

Report by David Brenchley

The 3-0 away victory over Keynsham, plus Cardiff’s mid-week win against the Bristol-based side, has put the Addicks back in the chase for the Southern Division title.

And Mortimer was delighted with his side’s performance against a team that had only lost one league game before last weekend.

“It was a real good victory. I think they had one good chance but apart from that we controlled the game, should have been 4-1 up at half time and it should have been seven or eight,” he said.

“We managed to score goals, Gemma scored a couple and Kim scored a good goal, we missed loads of chances, we were fairly comfortable, for long periods they couldn’t get out of their half.

“I said to the girls after: ‘they are the best team in the division and you have made them look ordinary. Now you have to start believing what I am saying to you.’”

Charlton are now five points behind the promotion places having played a game less and, as they would want it, have their destiny in their own hands.

Now Morts wants to see his side play with more of a ‘swagger’and to realise just how good they are, as they prepare to face fellow promotion contenders Colchester on Sunday.

“There comes a point where they have to look at their own performances against the top teams and realise whether they are good enough or not because it was an incredible performance.

“We were just so much better than them, in terms of the way we played, in terms of our fitness and our strength and our passing – I thought we were that good.

“That was the consistency I have been looking for and it needs to be there against Colchester on Sunday because if it is, I don’t care who we are playing, we can beat most teams.

“I keep trying to get them to have a look on the website, have a look at what you have done so far, have a look at how many chances you create and how many good games you play.

“I don’t think they do that because, if they did, they would have much more confidence and belief in themselves. I believe hugely in them and sometimes my concern is their belief in themselves and how good they are. They should have more of a swagger about themselves.”

Although they missed Pam McRoberts and Becky Duggan, the side’s strength in depth is also something that is encouraging.

“Ellie Bailes came back and she was brilliant in midfield, we have missed her,” he added. “Grace played really well at centre half [although] we missed Becky and Jenny Newman played well on the right.

“We managed to play the subs as well and we are going to need them all for the games we have left so it is important they all get a game.”

The venue of the match which kicks-off at 2pm is

Stanway Rovers FC
New Farm Road

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