Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:51PM GMT, Thursday, 10 January 2013
Bill Long is hoping the Charlton women’s team can draw a Super League side in the FA Cup latter stages but admits his side have a tough third round tie to get through first.
The Addicks were drawn at home to South West Combination leaders Oxford United on February 3 and caretaker manager Long knows they will have to be at their best to progress.
The Us currently sit top of their combination league, having lost just once all season and have plenty of Premier League experience amongst their ranks.
They are captained by Sahara Obsorne-Ricketts, a former centre back partner of Charlton’s Cori Daniels at Watford.
Elsewhere they also have ex-Doncaster Belle Catherine Beaver and ex-Reading midfielder Natasha Caswell so Long knows the two division gap will count for nothing.
He said: “It’s going to be one of those that you still have to keep your eye on. For Oxford it’s going to be a big game and they are going to come out all guns blazing and I expect a very difficult game.
“You would like to think we could go through but we will definitely have to concentrate on what we’re doing in that game.
“I would imagine Oxford are a good team, looking at where they are in the league, so we have to take it very seriously. We have to concentrate and do the right things.”
As for progressing in the competition, Long would like to test his side against one of the top teams in the country and feels confident his charges have enough quality to get a result .
“You want to go as far as you physically can,” he added. “You dream of getting to the final but we just take each round as it comes, play the opposition that’s in front of us and take it from there.
“I would love to get through and draw a Super League side to see how far we are away from being in that area.
“And with the girls we have got here, I don’t see that as something that’s impossible. I think we could get a result against any side on our day.”