Jenny looking to celebrate her return home with a win
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:02PM BST, Friday, 11 September 2015
The Charlton women’s team will be looking to set the record straight when they host C&K Basildon at Sporting Club Thamesmead (2pm) on Sunday.
The Addicks were disappointed to open their 2015/16 FA Women’s Premier League South campaign with a 1-1 draw against the newly promoted side in Canvey Island three weeks ago.
After going a goal down early on, Charlton equalised through Gemma Shepherd just before half time but missed a glut of chances to take all three points, and even had goalkeeper Megen Lynch to thank for keeping them from losing at points.
A number of players have admitted that stalemate ‘felt like a loss’, and striker Jenny Newman believes her side have learnt their lessons from the encounter.
She said: “First two games, two draws; not the worst start but a bit disappointing because we want to be going out there and winning every game.
“It’s always hard when teams get promoted, you don’t know what to expect. I’ve never played Basildon but in this league you can never take anything for granted and the girls have learnt that now.
“Sunday’s going to be a great test for us; it’s only two or three weeks since we played them so that’s a great test to play them again so soon and hopefully learn from our mistakes because we want to be winning games like that.”
Despite that disappointment, Charlton are currently one of just three unbeaten teams in the division, having also drawn with Brighton (0-0) before thrashing Plymouth 6-1 last weekend.
And Newman was happy with the way her side performed in the south west, seeing plenty of reasons to be positive for Sunday and beyond, with a tough run of fixtures coming up.
“It was a good weekend to team build and a good game to get stuck into really,” she added. We’ve been training really well so what we’ve been doing in training is coming into practise.
“There’s stuff still to work on but we looked good, everyone was hungry for the ball, there was a lot of movement and quite a lot of goals.
“It’s a positive start to the season and now we’ve got one win we’ll set the ball rolling.”
For Newman, the match took on added significance, being her first appearance for Charlton for over a year due to a cruciate ligament injury.
And the striker impressed, capping the performance with a neatly taken goal; she now hopes to continue impressing and cement a place in the starting eleven, despite plenty of competition for those attacking spots.
“It was an amazing feeling that I’ll never forget,” she said. “I’ve never been injured before so coming back from a long-term injury.
“The support I get just gives me the confidence to play; the team are amazing, the support through my injury and now I’m coming back.
“I felt great and the support from the team was amazing; when I scored, everyone came to celebrate with me and it just really makes me want to push on for this season and have that feeling again scoring more goals.
“If there’s not competition for places then the team’s not at the level it should be. Everyone should be wanting to play, there should be players on the fringe that want to play.
“I’m more than willing to work for my place, I’ve got the hunger now I’ve got the goal, I got to start and I want to stay there; just got to keep trying to prove myself in training.”