Kit delighted with Pompey double
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:01AM GMT, Wednesday, 04 November 2015
Kit Graham was delighted to see the Charlton women’s team come away from their two league matches against reigning FA Women’s Premier League South champions Portsmouth with six points.
The Addicks recorded their fourth win in a row on Sunday, beating Pompey 2-1 at Sporting Club Thamesmead to move into second place in the FAWPL South table, just a single point behind leaders Cardiff City.
Portsmouth’s Nigerian international Ini Umotong cancelled out a Gemma Shepherd penalty in the first half but it was Graham who popped up with the winning goal 15 minutes from time to increase her side’s winning run.
And Graham, who takes her tally to seven for the season, was pleased with the result, despite admitting her side were not at their best.
She said: “We knew we needed to come in and play it like a cup final and it’s good to come away with the three points.
“Sometimes we don’t necessarily play our best but we get the three points and that’s all that matters.
“I think we regrouped well [after losing twice on the bounce to Cardiff]. We had a tough start to the season, playing big teams where we lost points, but we’ve made up for it and we’re sitting pretty in second at the moment so it’s rewarding.
“It’s all to play for at the moment – there’s only a point in it. We’ve just got to take every game as it comes, starting with Lewes next week. Go out and play like we did today – hopefully a bit better – and get the three points again.”
At the halfway point of the campaign, the top of the FAWPL south is predictably close, with Cardiff top by a point from Charlton, who are, in turn, a point ahead of third-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.
Pompey and Coventry United are six and eight points back respectively, but both have games in hand over the top three.
Graham adds that, although the girls are pleased with their start to the season, there is still scope for plenty of twists and turns yet.
“We’re chuffed to be second at the moment,” she said. “We just have to take every game as it comes, work hard for each other and keep getting the three points.
“Everyone can slip up, look at Brighton; they slipped up [against then winless basement side QPR], we can slip up, Cardiff can slip up. It’s going to be a tough season.”