Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:03PM GMT, Saturday, 02 February 2013
Bill Long hopes a big crowd will help to boost his Charlton women’s side in their FA Women’s Cup third round clash against Oxford United at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
Addicks supporters and the local community can take advantage of free entry at Thamesmead Town FC, Bayliss Avenue, SE28 8NJ for the 2pm kick off, with Charlton season ticket holders, under 16s and accompanying adults being admitted for no charge.
The Addicks will also hope to take momentum from a dramatic, 119th minute winner against Watford in the League Cup last weekend into a game against the South-West Combination leaders.
Caretaker manager Long said: “I think [a bigger attendance] will give the girls a big boost. If you run out on the pitch and there’s 150-250 people screaming for Charlton it gives you a massive lift.
“I think the girls will appreciate it and it will be great if we can get the local community and the local supporters involved it will be superb.”
The league campaign has temporarily been put on hold while the Addicks try to challenge for honours in the cup competitions.
The FA Cup game is followed by a League Cup quarter final against Leeds United and a London Cup semi-final against current holders Tottenham Hotspur.
Long will not be taking the game against the Us lightly, having previously stated his desire to test his side against an FA Women’s Super League side when they enter in two rounds time.
“I’m looking forward to Oxford this week,” he added. “We have picked up a few niggles so I’m hoping they will clear up during the week but we have a good squad.
“Hopefully we go into the game with a big bit of confidence and get another result.
“The FA Cup is the FA Cup and we have to take every game as if it’s a cup final. We have to get a result this week so we’ll put a strong side out and be right on our game.
“You want to go as far as you physically can. You dream of getting to the final but we just take each round as it comes, play the opposition that’s in front of us and take it from there.
“I would love to get through and draw a Super League side to see how far we are away from being in that area.
“And with the girls we have got here, I don’t see that as something that’s impossible. I think we could get a result against any side on our day.”