Kit reflects on recent games & player debuts
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:02PM BST, Friday, 28 October 2016
With the Charlton women’s team in the midst of a break in their season, leading goalscorer Kit Graham says there is a ‘great spirit’ in the dressing room as they currently sit top of the FA Women’s Premier League South.
The Addicks are unbeaten in four matches, since a shock 5-1 defeat to second-placed Coventry United that looks to have acted as a wake-up call for the side.
Charlton have played two more games than those closest behind them, and are likely to slip off top spot this weekend as they are the only side without a fixture due to an odd number of teams in the league.
But Graham says they are enjoying life under new manager Paul McDonagh, who took over prior to their 2-0 victory over West Ham United after Jeremy Parsons stepped down from the role.
Graham said: “We’re on a good run at the minute, we’ve just got to keep it going, keep working hard in training, keep up the momentum and we’ll be alright.
“Everyone seems happy enough [with the new management team]. I know we’re all happy with training and the warm ups. There was a good spirit at West Ham – everybody was happy coming off and everyone’s in good spirits at the moment.”
A focus of McDonagh’s fledgling reign has been to look at ways of strengthening what is probably the smallest squad in their league. One way of doing this has been to blood a number of young reserve team players, with 18-year-olds Georgia Pearch, Bethany Weller and Florence Jackson all impressing on their first-team debuts.
Having lost a few players in the summer, Graham feels the new additions are bringing a renewed energy to the side and has been impressed – not only by the younger players but those more experienced like marquee summer signing Avilla Bergin, a Northern Ireland international winger.
Bergin has really hit the ground running after making the move from league rival Tottenham Hotspur and has struck up a good partnership with Graham already.
“We play quite well together,” Graham added on Bergin. “We have our moments where we’re not quite used to each other but we’re getting there. She’s definitely an asset to the team and she’s been doing really well.
“[The reserve team players] just need to keep proving to the management that they are good enough to come up, even if it’s as a bench player.
“Georgia last week came in and got 90 minutes – she did her job really well. Beth and Flo played well and they’re a credit to themselves – they’re getting their chance and giving it all they can.”