Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:07PM BST, Saturday, 01 September 2012
Megen Lynch is looking forward to the season's kick-off with the Charlton women’s reserve team who she believes can challenge the top three FA Super League teams.
The Addicks start their FA Women's Premier League season on Sunday against Colchester United Reserves at Sparrows Lane (2.30pm) hoping to improve on their fourth placed finish from last term.
Having been first choice goalkeeper for the first team for the past three years, Megen will start the season in the reserves and says she will enjoy the experience.
She said: “I am really looking forward to the season. It doesn’t matter what team I’m in, I just want to enjoy it and play my best.
“Last season was an absolute rubbish season; I didn’t play very well. This season I just want to enjoy it and with the team we have it is going to be an enjoyable season.
“As a team we are coming together really nicely. It’s exciting to see how much we have improved from last season with the players coming in and the players we already have.
“We have had a couple of new additions and it is a strong team so I think we will push Arsenal, Chelsea and Bristol. They are not a giant step above the rest of us.”
After hosting newly-promoted Colchester this weekend, Charlton then face the prospect of playing all three WSL teams in a row, with Chelsea (away), Bristol and Arsenal (both home) lying in wait.
Captain Athena Yennaris, who scooped last season’s Manager’s and Players’ Player of the Year awards, believes that if they can see games out better they will be challenging for a top three place once again.
“In the last two years the reserves have finished third and fourth so hopefully we can improve on that and finish in the top three and hopefully get the Kent Cup back,” she said.
“We have a tough start to the season - we have Chelsea, Bristol and Arsenal in the first four games - but it will be a good challenge so I am looking forward to it.
“With Arsenal [last season] we lost the games in the last 10 and with Chelsea we put up a good fight. Bristol were the main ones because we played them three times last season. We lost the games in the last minutes through silly mistakes.
“We drew so many games last year, that was our downfall. We just couldn’t finish games off. Hopefully this season we can build on that – finish games off in the first half and not have to worry about people equalising.”
Both girls are qualified coaches and are also involved with developing the clubs young talented players with Megen again coaching the Under 13 squad & Athena this year looking after the Under 11's.