Grace looking forward to Spurs test
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:04AM BST, Saturday, 06 September 2014
The Charlton women’s team continued to state their case for a title challenge this season with a 5-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Wednesday night.
That result followed 12-1 and 5-2 victories over Keynsham Town and Swindon Town respectively to open their 2014/15 campaign in impressive goalscoring form.
Charlton’s myriad attacking weapons have already helped themselves to a hatful of goals in those three games: Kit Graham leading the charts with nine, followed by Gemma Shepherd (6), Sam Pittuck (4), Amy Howlett (2) and Emma Harrison (1).
A number of opposing teams have already been spotted at Bayliss Avenue on scouting missions, namely Brighton and Hove Albion and Gillingham, but Grace Coombs says the girls are not fazed.
Instead, the centre back, named PHSC plc Player of the Match against QPR, challenged their FA Women’s Premier League South opponents to find a way of stopping the rampant Addicks attack.
She said: “It doesn’t bother us if other teams come and make notes. They come and see that performance, if they think they can better that then fair play to them.
“If they think they can mark one of our players out of the game then we’ve got plenty of others that can step up and do jobs so that doesn’t worry us at all.
“We’ve got so much firepower up top with Sam, Kit and Sheps, and then Amy as well, Emma gets herself involved too and I think we’ll score goals from elsewhere as well as the season progresses.”
Charlton travel to North London this Sunday to face Tottenham Hotspur at Ware FC (2pm) in a game that looks to be their first real test of the season.
Spurs also have three wins out of three so far, defeating Gillingham and West Ham United in the league and Enfield Town in the cup.
Coombs acknowledges the test they will pose but hopes her side can take the momentum gained so far, which has been boosted by their first clean sheet of the year, into the tie.
“I think [QPR] gave us a lot of time on the ball at the back,” the University of Massachusetts alumni added, “and their gameplan didn’t really work if I’m honest because we had a lot of time at the back.
“We were able to get the ball to Charley [Clifford] a lot in the middle and then she can go and play with it.
“It was great for us to practise keeping the ball – every team loves being in possession of the ball because if you’ve got the ball you can’t concede goals.
“Every game is different, though. Obviously we got the clean sheet on Wednesday, which we’re happy about, so it’s just looking to build on that.
“They’re always a strong, physical side, Spurs, so it’ll be a tough game but if we play our game then we’re all confident enough to know that we’ll get results at the end of it.”