Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:14PM UTC, Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Katie Hardaker believes the Charlton womenís reserve teamís 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Sunday was a statement of intent from the table topping Addicks.
Hardaker and Kristina Manktelow scored the goals that sent Charlton to top spot in the Southern Division One, ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal, and stretched their winning run to seven games.
And the midfielder, newly returned to the Charlton fold from Gillingham, hopes the confidence gained from those wins will help them push the top sides in the title race.
She said: “It’s great to get a win against top of the league because they are the team to beat in our division.
“But we have had such good form lately and we have been passing the ball around so well, we just had to take the confidence from all the last games and put it into this game.
“I think we showed today that we are the team to beat now and we can beat the likes of the Chelseas and the Arsenals.
“We just have to keep this attitude and keep this work rate because we have been working so hard, we don’t want to let that drop.”
After just over a year with Gillingham, Hardaker re-joined the club she supports a month ago and has played a key part in their recent up-turn in form.
And she re-opened her Addicks account moments before half time with an unstoppable long range curling effort to put her side two goals up.
“It was probably one of the best goals I have scored,” Katie added.
“It happened so quick, it just came to me and I was at about the edge of the 18-yard box but had a defender in my way so I had to shift it and lob the keeper – it was pretty good!
“It was great to score. Coming back to Charlton, I love the club so it was great to get a goal a couple of games in.
“Kris scored a fantastic goal as well, with her back to goal, a quick turn and then put the ball in the back of the net so that was great.”