Jordan looking to end 2014 on a winning note
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:19AM GMT, Monday, 22 December 2014
The Charlton women’s team will hope to round 2014 off by booking a place in the Ryman Cup semi finals with a win over Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium tonight (Monday) - ko 745pm.
With the Addicks’ 3-3 draw with West Ham United eight days ago seeing them slip down to third in the FA Women’s Premier League, the game will provide some welcome respite going into the two-week Christmas break.
Charlton’s FA and FAWPL Cup opponents were also revealed recently: a home tie with Cardiff City in the former (11 January) and a short trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the latter (1 February).
The fifth front they are challenging for honours on is the Capital Cup, as Charlton’s defence of that trophy begins against Old Actonians on 18 January.
And centre back Jordan Butler is already hoping for more than one piece of silverware as her side prepare to dream big.
She said: “I think cup games are always the ones that people want to win. The league is obviously important too but everyone loves a run in the cup.
“Although it’s a different opposition that we haven’t really played, it’ll be good for us to get out there, play our football and get some confidence back into the side after today.
“We’ve got the ability to progress in this cup and I think we need to – it’s not just about winning the league; if we can do the double or treble we might as well do it.”
The six-goal thriller of last weekend brought about mixed emotions for the players – the elation of fighting back from two goals down to go 3-2 up tempered by conceding an 80th minute equaliser.
It wasn’t the side’s best performance, admitted Butler, but the game represents their second two-goal comeback of the season with both matches ending 3-3 – a positive to take.
“We all said in the changing room we didn’t deserve to win the game,” the 22 year old added.
“For us to go 3-2 up and end up 3-3, it’s disappointing but we’ve got to think about the positives from it: we went 2-0 down and it’s difficult for teams to come back from that.
“We did well to come back and get in front but when we do get in front we need to get compact, get tight as a team and work through the last, I think it was 11 minutes.
“I think as a team we’ve got such great ability. Individually we are a great side but against West Ham we had a difficult time trying to work out what was going wrong.”