Grace - Sunday's a Whole New Challenge
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:20AM GMT, Friday, 31 October 2014
The Charlton women’s team go into their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday full of confidence, but Grace Coombs has urged her team mates to forget their earlier win over the Seagulls.
The Addicks travel to Lancing this weekend in the FA Women’s Premier League South hoping to extend their seven-match winning streak and secure their third ‘double’ of the season.
A 4-1 home triumph against the pre-season title favourites will still be fresh in the minds of both sets of players and defender Coombs believes it will be a fine balancing act for her side.
Whereas the 23 year old wants the result forgotten and no complacency to creep in, a repeat of the performance would be more than welcome.
She said: “It was a massive result but it doesn’t mean anything now, it’s gone. They’ll be really up for it because they were obviously disappointed with how the game went.
“But we just need to go and play the same way that we did and if we do then I think we should all be pretty confident in ourselves.
“We worked hard in the first game to make it somewhat comfortable for ourselves so we’ve got to work hard again to get the same result.
“[Going 3-0 up in] the first 20 minutes is what won us the game because they were shocked and having a three-goal cushion is nice. They did come back into it but we stuffed that out again.
“You can’t afford not to start well in this league at all – it just proved in that game you can be 3-0 up or 3-0 down in 20 minutes and you’re either happy or climbing a mountain.”
With just two losses this campaign, Charlton are in with a shot at the FAWPL South title, which would earn them a shot at promotion to the FA Women’s Super League Division Two.
But the race for that play-off berth is beginning to hot up, with just four points separating the top five almost halfway through the season.
And Coombs knows in order to keep the pressure on the teams around them, Charlton will need to carry on winning; but their performances have been encouraging so far.
“It’s good to have that little run in our heads,” she added, “it’s a bit of a confidence boost and we’ve had some tough games in that period. And we got a clean sheet as well, which is always good for us.
“Even the game before [the run started] we lost to Portsmouth but we still didn’t play too badly either so I think things are slowly coming together. Hopefully we can keep it going and stay up there.
“The league is already tight, so we just have to keep ourselves in it really. If you lose a couple of games you could find yourselves really far behind so every game is important.
“Hopefully, especially with some of the results we have been getting, people are watching and are wary of us.”