Leeds United Preview
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:21AM BST, Friday, 23 September 2011
The Charlton Women’s team will want to build on an impressive draw with Premier League champions Sunderland when they host Leeds United on Sunday.
Goals from Kim Dixson and Gemma Bryan twice put the Addicks in the lead but the Mackems pulled back both times through a Kelly McDougall penalty and Sophie Williams.
Despite lapses in concentration for the two Sunderland goals, Technical Director Paul Mortimer was pleased with his side’s performance.
He said: “It was a good game and we were well worth what we got. They are a good side, very direct but we should have dealt better with that because they were quite one-dimensional.
“We gave them a goal and gave away a penalty because we doubted ourselves a little but that is the way we are going to play. We played some lovely stuff in spells and I am pleased with a point.”
Charlton face another tough test this weekend, with Leeds lying in second-place behind Coventry City, but Mortimer feels his side are ready for the challenge.
“Leeds will be difficult and we are looking forward to playing against them,” he added. “They are a good side and have a good history but we will be ready to compete and do our best.
“Last season there were spells in some games where the girls could have a breather – that’s not going to happen this time around.
“We are the new kids on the block so everyone is expecting to beat us and the girls have to know they need to be ready for every 90 minutes and I think they are beginning to realise that.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Leeds United Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 25 September
Kick off: 1400
Leeds (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 4th
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 2-1 to Sunderland)
FA Women’s Cup: 3rd Round (Lost 6-5 to Blackburn on penalties after a 0-0 draw)
Manager: Chris Welburn
Captain: Clare Sykes
10 December 2006, League Cup: Home, Lost 4-6: Eniola Aluko, Natasha Dowie, Gemma Ritchie, Casey Stoney.
22 April 2007, League: Away, Won 2-0: Eniola Aluko, Ann-Marie Heatherson.
4 November 2007, League: Home, Lost 0-5.
23 December 2007, League: Away, Drew 2-2: Danni Farmer (2).