Grace looking for winning start to 2015
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:06AM GMT, Friday, 02 January 2015
The Addicks open their fixtures for 2015 when they play Copsewood Coventry for the first time at Sporting Club Thamesmead - ko 2pm
The pressure’s not on us now so we can just get on with it and if it happens it happens.
There are a number of parallels between this season and the last time the Charlton women’s team were in the FAWPL South – when they won the league in 2010/11 – says defender Grace Coombs.
The Addicks are preparing for their opening match of 2015, a home tie with Copsewood Coventry at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday, the ground where they will play the majority of their remaining league games.
Four seasons ago Charlton made an indifferent start, winning just two of their first seven games, but lost just once after Christmas including going on a seven-game winning run.
That form fired them to the title – pipping a talented Cardiff City side boasting Natasha Harding, who has recently moved to the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, and Bristol Academy defender Sophie Ingle on goal difference.
And, with the 2014/15 season shaping up to be a tight one, with three points separating the top four (Charlton currently sit third), Coombs sees no reason why lightning can’t strike twice.
She said: “The season we won the league I think we were in a similar position and I think we only lost one game after Christmas so anything can happen.
“Everyone can beat each other and if we can beat all the teams at the top, I don’t think anyone’s not going to drop points.
“We’re not in control but I don’t think we’re far off of it at all. The pressure’s not on us now so we can just get on with it and if it happens it happens.
“If it doesn’t, [we can] build and go into next year with hopefully everyone fit from the start instead of getting them back, bit by bit.”