Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:26PM BST, Monday, 18 April 2011
Charlton Women’s team will be travelling to Lordswood FC to play Gillingham on Wednesday evening (KO 7.45pm) looking to avenge two earlier defeats this season.
Report by Colin B Robertson
Beating the lower placed side would maintain their winning form at the top of the table, after pulling a further point clear with the home victory against Brighton on Sunday.
Gillingham manager, Ian Varley was there to watch against Brighton. Technical Director, Paul Mortimer said, “He’ll have drawn up his plan of what he needs to do to beat us.” Charlton should know what to expect, Mortimer noted for his side, “they are coming up against teams that are just looking to stop us playing.”
Mortimer was impressed with the heart his side showed in the gritty Brighton fixture, “It was never going to be a game of fancy football because the pitches don’t allow it but I’m proud of the girls they battled really well.”
Striker Gemma Bryan showed her ability to hold and link play, “Gemma played really well - deserved a goal. The good thing is when she doesn’t score someone else is picking up the slack. That wasn’t happening earlier in the season. I always knew Fliss (Felicity Gibbons) could score goals and she almost had header too. The girls deserved it.”
The Gills are coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Cardiff in the league and are hovering just above the relegation battle. Mortimer said, “we know them quite well – know a few of their players and they are beatable but on their day they can beat anyone.”
“It’s not about them it’s about us. If we want to be successful it’s about what goes on in our dressing room and how our team plays – on our day we are good enough to beat most teams if we are reliable and consistent.”
The home fixture against them was the first game of the season for Charlton and even though the Addicks created countless chances they lost to a set-piece at the other end.
Mortimer said, “We battered them but just couldn’t score. It’s a harsh lesson to learn but we have to learn it.” Recollecting how he had been aware of the dangerous ability of Ashlee Hincks he warned the side not to give away silly free-kicks. The technical director is confident with how his team have been approaching that aspect, “In the last few games we’ve dealt with them really well.”
The team won’t train us usual on Tuesday night, “It’s a new one for us,” just rolling straight into Wednesday’s game, “we look forward to it” said Mortimer, “They got out of jail twice…we are determined to give it our best and try and get what we deserve. We didn’t deserve what we got off them twice.”
The match takes place at Lordswood FC, North Dane Way, Lordswood, Chatham, Kent, ME5 8YE (see red dot on map)
Directions to the ground:-
M25, A2 / M2 -
Junction 3 (first exit after the Medway bridge)
At the of the slip there be set of lights, take the first exit and stay in right hand lane.
At the lights turn right onto Walderslade Woods.
At the roundabout, go straight over continuing on Walderslade Woods.
Next round about take 2nd Exit heading down Lordswood Lane.
Follow this right to the end to another roundabout (Your drive past Kent Space Building)
Take 3rd Exit heading down Albemarle Road.
Bear left onto North Dane Way
Then take the first right, your then be in a car park with Lordswood Social Club and we are straight ahead
Admission is £2.50 for Adults - £1 for Under 16's
Please also note due to Ground rules that no alcohol or dogs are allowed in the ground.
There will be a burger bar open for hot snacks and drinks