Grace - Cardiff will be a tough test in the Cup
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:07AM GMT, Saturday, 17 February 2018
The Charlton women’s team will be hoping to progress into the quarter finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup for the second time in four seasons as they prepare to face Cardiff City on Sunday.
The women’s team travel to Wales knowing a win could be enough to give themselves a test against an FA Women’s Super League side, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea potentially waiting in the last eight.
Vice captain Grace Coombs says that would be the ideal scenario, and give her side the chance to test themselves against some of the best players this country has to offer. The last time they reached that round, they were unfortunate to fall on penalties to eventual finalists Everton in Widnes.
“That’s where we want to be and if we could test ourselves against that type of team, that would be great for us,” said Coombs.
“We got to the quarter finals a few years ago and that was a great run for us; a really good experience. Going out on penalties was a bit harsh on us, I think, but we showed we can compete and we want to do the same again.”
However, it isn’t a foregone conclusion just yet. Despite the Addicks riding high in second place in the FA Women’s Premier League and having beaten Cardiff 3-1 already this season, Coombs and her team mates will know they have a tough game standing in the way.
Despite less than stellar league form so far this term, Cardiff knocked out FAWSL 2 side Oxford United in the previous round, so will put up plenty of resistance. “Cardiff’s always a tough game,” Coombs added.
“We know they’re really strong at home and have some good players. But we’ll go with a game plan and be prepared. We know how they play and hopefully we’ll be able to put in a good performance.”
The centre back made her 200th appearance for Charlton against Enfield and was presented with a trophy by chairman Stephen King before last weekend’s FAWPL Cup quarter final defeat to Lewes.
Coombs says, after lots of ups and downs, “this is the most exciting time” she’s ever seen at the club. “I’m just looking forward to what the future will bring.”
She’s one of three in the current squad to have hit that 200 mark, with Kit Graham only four games away and Sam Pittuck recently joining the 100 appearance club. “It’s a credit to the club that we’ve got players who have been here that long,” Coombs added.