Katie looking for 3 points in next game
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:20AM BST, Friday, 28 August 2015
Katie Flack was delighted with a clean sheet and a point against fellow promotion favourites Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, after a disappointing opening day draw against C&K Basildon
Two points from two games means the Addicks have lost some early ground to their title rivals, but there were contrasting emotions after both matches.
A number of players admitted the 1-1 draw against newly promoted Basildon in Canvey Island had “felt like a loss”, with Brighton, Coventry United and Portsmouth all making winning starts to their campaigns.
However, a 0-0 against Brighton, the side that finished runners up in the FA Women’s Premier League South last term, has served to cheer everyone around the club up.
Flack, who impressed with a performance worthy of winning the PHSC Player of the Match award, praised her side’s character, pointing out the result could have been better had Kim Dixson’s free kick that struck the crossbar been an inch lower, or Kit Graham’s header not been saved at point-blank range by Seagulls’ keeper Faye Baker.
Flack said: “[The Basildon draw] was really disappointing, everyone was gutted; it felt like a loss to us.
“It just wasn’t good enough but we worked hard in training and managed to keep a clean sheet against a really good side [Brighton] - we’re happy with that.
“We knew we had to be on the top of our game and bounce back from last weekend and everyone put a shift in. Happy with the result but we could have probably nicked it in the end.”
All that is missing now is a digit in the ’W’ column in the FAWPL table, and Flack hopes that will come when her side travels to the south west.
Charlton have the day off this Sunday, with Gloucester City pulling out of their FAWPL Cup Determining Round clash, before an away match against Plymouth Argyle on 6 September.
The three meetings between the two sides last season yielded an incredible 28 goals, with the -Addicks running out winners on all three occasions: 7-1, 5-3 and 11-1.
It is, then a great chance to get three points on the board, before Basildon travel to Thamesmead the following Sunday, a chance to set the record straight.
“Now the games have started you want to be playing every week,” the right back said on the frustration of having the weekend off.
“We’ll be in for training but training is never the same as a game and match fitness is really important but we’ll train hard and be ready to go for Plymouth away next week.
“We’ve got a good bunch of girls here, we all know what’s expected of us, we’ll stick together, train hard and be ready to go against Plymouth.
“We’ll take each game as it comes. We will hope to get three points against both [Plymouth and Basildon], but we have to be on top of our game every time.”