Kim looking to keep the confidence flowing
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:33PM BST, Saturday, 03 September 2016
The Charlton Women's team are looking to keep the confidence flowing – and the goals coming – as they prepare to host Shanklin LFC in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The Addicks, who lifted the trophy two seasons ago, have begun the new campaign in sensational style, with 4-0 and 6-0 victories over Swindon Town and C&K Basildon respectively.
And, whilst the last two seasons have been notable for the amount of goals Charlton have scored, captain Kim Dixson has been pleased with their two clean sheets, as well as the way they have started both matches.
She said: “We know we’ve got goals in this team; the most important thing is the clean sheets. That will just build confidence.
“How we played on Sunday was really, really good – you would have thought we were five, six games into the season how we played.
“It’s nice that we’re coming away thinking ‘yeah, we played really well that game’. I think their manager was really quiet, which is testament to us and how we went about it.
“[In past seasons] we’ve always been quite slow out of the blocks but the last couple of games we’ve come out and want to prove a point and I’m glad we have.
“But we can still improve – we probably could have score goals, that’s how critical we’ve got to be as a team.”
Two seasons ago, Dixson lifted the FAWPL Cup after an impressive penalty shootout victory against Sheffield FC, who went on to secure promotion to the FA Women’s Super League weeks later, in Nuneaton.
However, last term was disappointing, losing away to Cardiff after a disappointing performance – and that was followed up the subsequent week with yet another poor showing in the Welsh capital.
Dixson acknowledges that they will have to improve when they make that long journey this time around but hopes the FAWPL Cup draw will be kinder to her side this time around should they progress tomorrow.
“Every cup you go in you want to win it and it’s the same every time we play – and that cup is a really nice one to win so we want to do well in that,” she added.
“We’re looking for more of the same [against Shanklin] – a clean sheet and lots of goals and that would breed massive confidence in the team going into the next game.
“We struggled when we went to Cardiff both times last year; we need to put that right this year when we play them.
“For now we will just see who we are up against; hopefully we can get the win on Sunday, get a good draw and go far again.”