Howlett looking forward to Pompey match
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:22AM BST, Thursday, 18 September 2014
Amy Howlett has called on the Charlton women’s team to ‘stand up and deal with’ the physical side of the game, as they return to FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South action on Sunday.
The Addicks got back to winning ways in the FAWPL Cup against Denham United (3-0) last weekend, with Howlett bagging a hat trick within the first 22 minutes of the game.
That victory followed a 5-2 loss to a Tottenham Hotspur side that harassed Charlton more than they have been used to, bringing their 100% start to the season to a halt.
Howlett is a new signing this season, having played all her career for Ipswich Town, so Portsmouth will be new opposition, but the winger expects the Hampshire side to be similar to Spurs.
She said: “It will be the first time I’ve played against them, but I’m sure they’ll be a strong physical side, which is what we need to step up and deal with.
“We struggled with that against Tottenham. I think it was a bit of a shock to the system and we didn’t deal with it as well as we should have.
“But hopefully we will now know what we’re coming up against this week and we can put that right, work hard in training, push on and not have another performance like that.”
Howlett has made a flying start to her Charlton career, scoring within 24 seconds of her debut in a 12-1 opening day win over Keynsham Town. She has since added four more goals in four games, including the fourth in a 5-0 league victory over QPR.
The 27 year old was happy to see her new side get back to winning ways against Denham, especially without the likes of Kit Graham and Sam Pittuck in the starting eleven.
The Addicks will now face an away trip to face Norton & Stockton Ancients, who currently sit bottom of the FAWPL Northern Division One, in the next round.
“Even after we scored the three goals [against Denham], we still managed to play really well first half,” she added.
“We still kept it down and passed it around. Especially after last week, it could have gone either way but we started really well, which is definitely what we needed.
“We had a few key players missing and for people to come in, step up and do a good job, it shows what a good squad that we have got.
“Now hopefully we can push on for what we know will be a really hard game next week. A good win is what we needed and a good performance.”