Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Kim - Excited for the new season
Kim - Excited for the new season
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:53AM BST, Friday, 18 August 2017
Charlton kick off the 2017/18 season in familiar territory, hosting Lewes Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead this Sunday 20 August at 2pm. Entry for Charlton Athletic season ticket holders is free on the day, with general admission priced at £4 for adults and £2 for children.
Quote by: Kim Dixson“We’re so much more competitive across the board – everyone’s got two or three players breathing down their neck. We wanted a big squad this year with everyone raring to go, and that’s what we’ve got.Quote by: Kim Dixson
Kim Dixson
It's been a summer of change for the Addicks, with head coach Riteesh Mishra having been busy with first and foremost the recruitment of first team coach James Marrs.

Prolific striker Charlotte Gurr, who was part of Marrs’ Brighton side that won the FAWPL South two years ago, headlines the many new arrivals to south east London, alongside Kat Nutman, former captain of FA Women’s Super League 2 team Oxford United.

Elsewhere, highly rated youngsters Katie Startup and Chloe Brunton-Wilde join from Chelsea and Arsenal respectively; Ellie Dorey from Brighton; Portsmouth’s Emma Sherwood; and Liz O’Callaghan from QPR.

Skipper Kim Dixson says her side is “looking forward to the new season to start” adding the club is now a good place to be, with plenty of healthy competition for places.

“All the hard work over the last six weeks goes down to next Sunday and we’ve got to hit the ground running – we can’t afford to not have a good start and that’s what we want,” she said.

“It feels like a good place to be at the moment. The new players have come in and done really well and the players we’ve still got from last year are just going to improve with the coaching staff and everything we’ve got in place.

“We’re so much more competitive across the board – everyone’s got two or three players breathing down their neck. We wanted a big squad this year with everyone raring to go, and that’s what we’ve got.

“Marrsy’s settled in really well, too. Everyone really respects him and he’s a good coach. He’s exactly what we needed – someone straight to the point and hopefully him and Riteesh have got their points across and we’ll be able to put them into action on Sunday.”

With that optimism, though, also comes caution. Lewes have also been active this summer, bringing in players well known to Marrs, like Amy Taylor and Lisa Fulgence, from their time at both Brighton and Gillingham.

The Sussex side’s Equality FC campaign, which has seen their women’s team secure equal funding to that of their men’s team, has gained plenty of national media coverage – and rightly so.

With that in mind, Dixson acknowledges getting a positive result against them is going to be tougher than ever. Still, she’s confident in her side’s ability to do just that.

“They’ll come here with more confidence than maybe they normally do but there’s no reason why we still can’t win. That’s the aim at the end of the day, to go and win a football match.

“It’s just getting that winning mentality from the off. If we can do that then we’ve got a chance to have a really successful season and that’s exactly what we want. We want to work hard for each other and get on with it now.”

On the season as a whole, the skipper echoes Mishra’s thoughts – that they will take every game as it comes rather than put pressure on themselves to win the league.

“We can’t look too far ahead,” she added. “There’s a lot of good teams in this league so for us as a team, we’re taking every game as it comes and doing what we can control. Hopefully the results will come on the pitch.

“At the end of the day, we all want to enjoy our football and I think if we do that we’ll be winning. That’s the main positive thing from pre-season – everyone’s enjoyed it.”

Recent Results
First Team
Date Opposition Score
19 Nov 2017 Enfield Town (Capital Women's Senior Cup Q\F) 6 - 0
12 Nov 2017 Lewes 2 - 1
05 Nov 2017 Coventry United 2 - 0
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Date Opposition Venue
26 Nov 2017 Swindon Town H
03 Dec 2017 Queens Park Rangers (SSE FA Cup Rnd 2) H
10 Dec 2017 CK Basildon (FAWPL Cup Round 2) A
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No fixtures are available
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