Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Rosie Paye in action against Barnet on her league debut
Long aiming to sting the Bees
Long aiming to sting the Bees
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:40PM BST, Friday, 19 April 2013
Bill Long was delighted with the Charlton women’s team after they ended Sunderland’s 18-month unbeaten Premier League run with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

However, the Addicks’ caretaker manager wants his side to take the momentum from the victory into their clash with basement side Barnet at Underhill this Sunday - KO 2pm.

A Gemma Shepherd brace, including a last minute penalty, stalled the Black Cats’ title chase and moved Charlton above Cardiff into sixth place in the FA Women’s Premier League National Division.

And, after a disappointing defeat to Coventry a fortnight ago, Long was happy with the win but pointed out there are still four “cup finals” remaining.

He said: “It was a very hard battle. Sunderland are a fantastic side, probably the best side we have played all year and just to battle and nick a 2-1 win was fantastic for us.

“I didn’t see this one coming. Obviously you want to win every game but if you had asked me at the beginning of the week I would probably have been happy with a draw.

“Every single player that took to the pitch should feel really proud of themselves and be proud of their performance.

“We’ve gone up a place in the league and if we win next week we are on a roll and hopefully that roll can continue to the end of the season and see where it takes us.

“We’ve got to get a result [against Barnet], there’s no two ways about it – every game from here to the end of the season is a cup final for us so we need to be winning every game or making a really good effort to.”

The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw when they met the Bees at Bayliss Avenue – the visitors’ goal was their first away goal of the campaign.

And, with their opponents not having won a match all season, Charlton will travel to north London confident they can continue to make headway into the top half of the FA Women’s Premier League National Division.

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