Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:49PM BST, Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Jenny Newman hopes her fine form for the Charlton women’s reserve team will win her place in the first team back – and if it does, she will be ready to take it.
After making two substitute appearances and one start for the first team, Newman has impressed for the reserves over the last three weeks, playing an integral part in the side scoring 17 goals in their previous three games.
Last term she also started the season in the reserve squad but soon found herself replacing the injured Ellie Stenning in the first team’s 5-3 away win against Reading, where she scored twice.
And, speaking after being given PHSC plc’s Reserve Team Player of the Month, the winger admits she is ready to do the same this season.
She said: “At the moment I feel like I am getting a lot of confidence playing in the reserves but as soon as there is a first team spot open for me I am going to grab the opportunity with both hands and work hard.
“Everyone is pushing and there are a lot of players in there that want to play first team football so we want to show we can work together as a team and we are all good players.
“At the end of the day, everyone wants to play first team football so when I get my chance I am ready for it.
“It seems like every season I maybe start in the first team, go back into the reserves and then something happens and I get my shot in the first team.
“Usually I manage to give it a good go and keep my place and that is what I am hoping to do this time.”
Jenny was unfortunate not to find herself on the scoresheet in the 6-0 win over Arsenal three weeks ago but turned in a fine League Cup performance the following week against Queens Park Rangers.
The 22-year-old found the net five times, and was unlucky not to have gained herself a double hat-trick, in what turned out to be a 9-0 rout before hitting the winner this weekend against Cardiff City.
“We have been pretty clinical over the last few weeks,” she added, “which is really good because sometimes we lack that.
“Sometimes we play really well and we just can’t get the goals but the last few weeks it is playing off.
“I hadn’t scored in a while and everything seemed to come off in [the QPR] game, even though I still missed an open goal and hit the bar twice!
“Luckily I had quite a few chances. The girls were really good and I had a lot of really good balls setting me up, which makes it easier.”
Under new coach Stuart Weston the reserves fought hard to make it a Cardiff double for Charlton this weekend, with Charley Clifford and Newman both scoring in a 2-1 win.
And as with the first team, Jenny was delighted the reserves showed their fighting qualities in what was a scrappy game in Wales to move themselves into third place in the league.
“It was a good win. It was a hard game, it was quite physical, quite scrappy, but we all kept working hard until the end and managed to grind out the result.
“It shows that even if we are not having a good game we have the desire. We all really wanted to win, we didn’t want to come all that way without getting the three points.
“We had a lot of chances and it was one of those games where nothing was really coming off for us. The ball just fell to me in the box and it felt like it took ages for my foot to hit it! When it went in the bottom corner there was so much relief and we managed to hold it for the last two minutes.”