Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Grace - We can do this
Grace - We can do this
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:33AM BST, Wednesday, 05 April 2017
The Charlton women’s team will be looking to avenge their recent 1-0 FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South loss to Tottenham Hotspur when they renew acquaintances in the Ryman Cup final tonight.
Quote by: Grace Coombs“We know if we play well we can win so we’ve just got to make sure that we prepare properly, get ourselves in the right mindset and do what we’ve got to do.Quote by: Grace Coombs
Grace Coombs
The showpiece, to be played at Spurs’ home ground of Cheshunt FC (1930 kick off), is the first of three finals – plus the reverse league fixture - the pair will contest in the coming months.

And, after going down narrowly to a solitary Wendy Martin strike in Thamesmead three weeks ago, defender Grace Coombs says her side are itching to give a better account of themselves, after a ‘disappointing performance’ that day.

And they are keen to regain a trophy they surrendered to their North London rivals last season after a penalty shoot out loss at the same venue.

She said: “I think everyone’s buzzing for it. Everyone loves a night game, cup final against Spurs – it doesn’t really get much better than that.

“We know if we play well we can win so we’ve just got to make sure that we prepare properly, get ourselves in the right mindset and do what we’ve got to do.

“I think we all felt a little disappointed with how we played [against Tottenham last time out], especially first half. We know we can be more than a match for them on our day.

“It was hard to take last year, it was a tough 0-0 draw - we could have won it, they could have won it – and to lose on penalties is not nice but hopefully we’ll put it to bed in 90 minutes this time and go from there.

“We know what their strengths are and we’ve got to respect them as well but also go out to work to our own strengths. We know that we can punish teams and we know that we can defend well as a team so hopefully we can all put it together Wednesday.”

With their opponents coming into the match flying – having lost just one game in all competitions, a 10-0 FA Cup thrashing against Arsenal – a comfortable 3-0 victory against Portsmouth on Sunday after two winless weeks was a welcome boost to Charlton.

And Coombs hopes the win gives them confidence and momentum going into the final. “It’s good to get a few goals under the girls’ belts, gives us a bit of confidence,” she added.

“We’ve had a few games where we’ve been a bit lacking – I don’t think we feel our performance has been as good as it has been recently but we can’t be disappointed with a few goals and a clean sheet [against Pompey].”

The final will take place at Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt FC (EN8 8RU) on Wednesday at 19:30. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and £1 for under 16s. Parking at the ground will cost £2.

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