Grace looking forward to Palace challenge
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:12AM BST, Friday, 11 May 2018
The Charlton women’s team make the short journey to Hayes Lane, Bromley, to face local rivals Crystal Palace Ladies (2pm kick off) for the second time in a week knowing that victory would clinch them the FA Women’s Premier League South title.
In fact, should C&K Basildon fail to beat Chichester City by 45 goals or more, a draw would be enough to crown the Addicks champions and set up a probable FAWPL Championship play off clash with Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, May 27.
Charlton do, though, have a further two games still to go, both at home, should they fail to wrap the title up on Sunday.
Vice captain Grace Coombs says she’s not bothered when that point comes, but admits it would be great to do it against one of their title rivals and that her side will be raring to go come this weekend. “We always look forward to playing in big games, it’s what we work hard for,” she said.
“It will be a tough one again, they always are against Palace. We know they’re not going to make it easy for us, but we will prepare this week and approach Sunday just like every other game we play.”
Riteesh Mishra’s side defeated Palace 2-1 last Sunday to lift the Capital Women’s Senior Cup for the fifth time in a row thanks to a last-minute stunner from Canadian midfielder Olivia Lukasewich.
Despite missing a first half penalty and going a goal down, the Addicks showed great character to reverse that scoreline, with Kit Graham, who is nearing her 200th career goal for the club, getting the ball rolling.
And Coombs says she was delighted with getting their first piece of silverware on the board, especially after the “disappointment” of losing the Ryman Cup against West Ham last month. “We wanted to make sure we put that right,” she continued.
“It’s always tough to go a goal behind but we all have confidence that we will score goals in games, so it’s just about being patient and not panicking. The character the team has showed over the last few months has been brilliant and it’s played a big role in our recent results.”
The Capital Cup final was a hostile atmosphere, with a large contingent of Palace supporters turning out and cheering their side on. It’s likely to be a similar story this weekend, and the club would love all the support they can get on what could be a huge day for the club as a whole.
“We know there aren’t going to be many people in the ground that will want us to win on Sunday! We know from last week what their fans are like so if there are any Charlton fans that can come and cheer us on, we will appreciate that support.
“It’s a big weekend for the entire club, so hopefully both teams will have something to celebrate come Sunday evening.”