Kit hoping Addicks can extend their cup run
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:02PM GMT, Friday, 28 November 2014
Kit Graham hopes the Charlton women’s team can get back to winning ways when they travel to face Plymouth Argyle in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup on Sunday.
Despite not having won in their last two outing against fellow title contenders, the Addicks will take confidence from their comeback from two goals down a fortnight ago against Cardiff City.
The Addicks were frustrated by the weather last weekend, with their home match against Lewes being called off, so Graham hopes the momentum gained in Wales will carry through.
She said: “It will be interesting to see what Plymouth are like because we haven’t played them in the league yet, although we’ve seen results from other teams that have played them already.
“Playing last weekend would have helped our confidence but we’ve just got to take it as it comes.
“I think it’s important we get the win back under our belt. Obviously we had to fight for the game against Cardiff and we showed that we can do it.
“To come back from 2-0 down against a very good team shows we have a lot of character. I don’t think you could fault anyone in the second half – everyone worked for each other.”
The league cup is a competition Charlton will be hoping for a long run in and a victory here will move them into the quarter finals, where the competition will become interesting.
Both the FAWPL Southern and Northern division title races will go down to the wire, with the incentive of promotion to the FA Women’s Super League spurring all teams on.
The top six in the Southern division are currently separated by just six points, with Charlton currently sitting third. The Addicks’ results against Brighton, a 4-1 home win followed by a 5-1 away loss, showing the unpredictable nature of the league.
But Graham believes that anything is possible for her side, in both league and cup, and is hoping for some silverware come the end of the campaign.
“I don’t think there’s a team in the league that we can’t beat,” she added. “Obviously there are teams that we will struggle against more than others because they are good but we are good as well.
“It will be good to see how we perform against teams from the Northern division as well and be a good experience to play those kind of teams.
“I didn’t realise we had won that many games, we’ve won seven from 11 in the league which is not bad going and we’re still up there with a chance of a top three finish so I think the season is going well.”
Meanwhile, there is another streak Graham will be hoping to break: her goalscoring drought, which now extends to two matches – a long time for the usually prolific striker.
The 19-year-old is the highest league scorer in any of the six FAWPL divisions, having netted 14 goals in just 11 games, supplementing that tally with six more from three cup ties.
“It’s been about four weeks I haven’t scored! It’d be nice to get back on the scoresheet but we’ll have to see how it goes. I forgot my boots the other week so that’s what I’m putting it down to.”
So Graham is due a goal or two sooner rather than later and with a new strike partners in Nikita Whinnett and Dominique Harris, Plymouth’s defence may have a busy day.