Grace looking to get back to winning ways
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:48PM BST, Wednesday, 07 October 2015
The Charlton women’s team are confident a return to home soil will help them back to winning ways on Sunday, but are not taking their upcoming FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South match lightly
The Addicks host West Ham United at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday (2pm kick off), with free entry for Charlton Athletic season ticket holders (£3 adults, £1 concessions, otherwise).
And defender Grace Coombs says her side are determined to bounce back from last weekend’s FAWPL Cup loss away to Cardiff City.
The Hammers currently sit second from bottom in the FAWPL South, but Coombs adds Charlton are aware of the east Londoners’ threat, having drawn both league encounters last season.
She said: “They’re at the bottom so they’re not one of the top teams but last year we had two really tough league games against them and we dropped points that we shouldn’t have dropped so we know it’s not going to be easy.
“We won’t go into it lightly; we’ll treat it exactly the same as playing against a Cardiff and hopefully we’ll get the result and get back to winning.
“We’ve only scored once in the last two games so hopefully we can get a few goals and improve our goal difference, but the most important thing is just to win.
“We do like to play at home; we’re comfortable there. We had some tough games against West Ham last year but any time we play at home we’re always a little bit more confident in ourselves.”
After an impressive start to their FAWPL South campaign, with no defeats in their first six matches that included a 4-1 away victory against champions Portsmouth, it has been an up and down week for Charlton.
Their first loss of the season, 3-1 away to Cardiff in the league, was followed up by their second a week later – also in Wales at the hands of the Bluebirds, this time in the FAWPL Cup.
Those defeats, though, sandwiched a hard-fought home triumph against Tottenham Hotspur and , despite the disappointment of their cup defence fizzling out, Coombs evaluated their season positively.
I think we started a lot better than the week before but got unlucky with their first couple of goals which, on another day, wouldn’t have gone in at all which knocked the wind out of us a little bit.
“We really wanted to do well in [the FAWPL Cup] and try to defend it but we went out to a good side so sometimes you’ve just got to accept it,” she added.
“Last year it caused us to have a lot more games at the end of the season which piled up our league fixtures so it may turn out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise for us; now we can concentrate on the league and hopefully get success there instead.
“You look at the table and you might think we’re a bit off the pace but we’ve done well against the teams at the top.
“I don’t think we realised how tough our start was until now. If you look at the league at the minute, we’ve only played one team in the bottom six so we have had a lot of hard games and we’ve only lost one of those games.
“If you look at some of the teams Brighton have played, they haven’t really played anyone at the top. Everyone will beat each other, there’s a lot of good teams up there.
“Hopefully we’ll catch the points up; we’re not worried about that at all because the league will continually change throughout the whole season.”