Megen - Wolves game is our first priority
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:25PM GMT, Friday, 06 February 2015
The Charlton women’s team hope to challenge themselves against FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) opposition in the FA Women’s Cup fourth round – but Megen Lynch’s sights are firmly fixed on Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Addicks have potentially been drawn against FAWSL2 side Reading in the next round but, after a postponement last weekend, they still have to get the third round out of the way.
Charlton will host Wolves at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday (2pm), hoping to continue their impressive cup form, that has seen them qualify for one cup final – the Ryman Cup – already.
They also have a Capital Cup semi final the following weekend against Enfield Town, before travelling to face Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup on 22 February.
But goalkeeper Lynch was quick to point out that they first have the task of eliminating the FAWPL Northern Division’s basement club, Wolves, first and foremost.
She said: “It would be great to test ourselves against Reading but our main focus is the Wolves game. We need to get through that first and if we can get a result there it will only breed confidence to go on.
“I think [Wolves] will be a good test because everyone wonders what the difference is between the Northern and the Southern [divisions].
“We know they’re bottom of the league but it could be a false position – they could be playing well but just not scoring.
“They could be one of the better teams in our league but bottom of theirs so it will be nice to see what they’re like.”
Reading, who are also not guaranteed a fourth round spot with Crystal Palace standing in their way, look to be one of the FAWSL2 title challengers this season.
With England international Fran Kirby spearheading their attack, Lynch knows they will be dangerous going forward.
However, her side recently triumphed 3-0 over fellow FAWSL2 team Oxford United in a friendly, giving them a boost in confidence. The Us were also on the wrong end of an FA Cup upset in the third round, losing 3-0 to FAWPL Northern Division leaders Coventry City.
These are omens that leads Lynch to believe the gap between the two divisions are not as large as some may think.
“We’ve played against a lot of their players so probably know quite a lot about Reading,” she added. “We know there are a few players that have come from our league into theirs.
“We know their main threat is the girl up front [England international Fran Kirby] so I think we’re pretty prepared. They’re just 11 players in front of us and we know we can get results against these teams.
“I think most of the teams in our league are good enough to beat WSL 2 teams, especially us being one of the strongest teams in there.”