Kit relishing the Addicks attacking game
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:36PM BST, Wednesday, 08 October 2014
The feelgood factor was palpable at training on Tuesday evening, after the Charlton womenís teamís 4-1 rout of FA Womenís Premier League (FAWPL) South leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.
Kit Graham, who sits comfortably at the top of the FAWPL South’s top goalscorers list with 13 goals in just seven league games, put the Addicks 2-0 up after 10 minutes on Sunday.
Gemma Shepherd then stunned the Seagulls further by adding a third 11 minutes later, with Amy Howlett striking just after half time to kill off any hopes of a comeback Fliss Gibbons’ consolation gave them.
And Graham, whose tally in all competitions is 16 goals in eight matches, believes the victory, which puts Charlton just one point off top of the table, will make other teams sit up and take notice.
She said: “I hope they do. We deserve for teams to be thinking that about us. We’re a good team, we’ve got a lot of good players and when we put in a performance like that teams should worry.
“I think it was important for us to get three points under our belt. I don’t think some games have gone the way we deserved them to go. The Portsmouth game being one that we just couldn’t score in and the scoreline didn’t really reflect how we played so it was good to get the win that we deserved.
“This weekend I think it showed what a good team we are when we play together and we work hard for each other because I think we purely beat them on work rate.”
After an indifferent start to last season Graham, who turns 19 next month, finished the campaign with 14 from the final 16 games. And she has taken that sensational form into this term, already beating last season’s total of 15 with just a third of the year gone. Overall, her tally for 2014 reads: 23 appearances, 28 goals.
The main difference this season is that she has been ably backed up in the scoring by team mates Shepherd (8), Howlett (6), Sam Pittuck (5) and Emma Harrison (3), while even captain Katie Flack got on the scoresheet for the first time in almost four years.
“I think this season we’re making a lot more chances for ourselves than we did last season,” she added. “We’ve got four goals in each of the last three games and if you think about the chances we miss as well…
“We’ve got such a strong, attacking team, even Flacky getting on the scoresheet – it shows that we’ve got players that want to score and get forward.
“We’re always a threat, we just need to work on those little things that are conceding us goals because you always have those games like Portsmouth where we lost 2-1 because we didn’t take our chances.
“I think that was a big game for us, to show us that if we didn’t take our chances, that’s what happens against a good team.”
So with her first season objective of beating last season’s tally, what will Graham be aiming for during the remainder of the campaign? “The guy I work with, he actually bet me £30 that if I get 30 goals, doubling my tally, he’d give me £30, so we’ll see how it goes – he’s a bit gutted!”