Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:50PM UTC, Friday, 17 February 2012
Paul Mortimer is looking forward to the “challenge” Northern Combination side Bradford City will bring to Bayliss Avenue in the FA Cup Third Round on Sunday.
The game will hopefully go ahead this weekend after two postponements, with the winners to host either Derby County or West Ham United the following weekend in Round Four.
The Charlton Women’s team were giantkillers in last season’s competition, defeating Reading on penalties, and technical director Mortimer is keen they are not on the end of a shock this weekend.
Promotion to the Premier League is a real possibility for the visitors, with the Bantams lying in fifth place in the combination, with games in hand on each of the teams above them.
Speaking a fortnight ago, after a 6-2 League Cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, he said: “We are like Reading this year.
“The Bradford game is a little bit like this because they are a couple of divisions below. There is an expectation on us – especially where we are in the table – to do certain things.
“That puts pressure on the girls but I want the girls to see that as a challenge. Don’t see it as pressure, see it as a challenge – can we go out there and show a team how good we can be?”
The Addicks team is likely to change once again, as Mortimer makes use of the depth of his talented squad for the upcoming cup games.
Two players could be missing through injury. Harley Bennett limped off after just 15 minutes of the Brighton game whilst Ellie Stenning was taken off towards the end of the match, both with ankle injuries.
“It’s par for the course at this time of the season sometimes,” Mortimer added. “I don’t think anyone was around Harley and her studs sort of stuck and that was that.
“We have fantastic physios so hopefully they will have them fit and well soon because we need all the players and it’s great that I’m able to give everyone a game.
“We want to win every game and be as successful as we can – finish as high up the league, goes as far in all the cups and you need every single player fit and raring to go for that to happen.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Bradford City Women
FA Women’s Premier League Cup
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday19 February
Kick off: 1400
Bradford City (Last Season):
FA Northern Women’s Combination League: 7th
FA Women’s Cup: 3rd qualifying round (Lost 2-0 to Sheffield FC Ladies)