Nikita - It's great to see the goals shared round
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:36PM UTC, Thursday, 15 October 2015
Nikita Whinnett has hailed the Charlton womenís teamís goalscoring power, after her side powered to an 8-1 FA Womenís Premier League South victory against West Ham United on Sunday.
Iím buzzing - itís nice to get on the scoresheet.
The Addicks took their tally for the season to 27 from their first nine matches, an average of three per game, which puts them second top scorers in the league, four behind Cardiff City.
And the goals are being shared around, with six players on the scoresheet against the Hammers and six also on target earlier in the season against Plymouth Argyle (a 6-1 victory).
Whinnett herself has already equalled her tally (four) from last season from just half the games and is second in Charlton’s list of scorers, behind Gemma Shepherd, who is already in double figures.
The ever-prolific Kit Graham, who netted 54 in all competitions last term, and Jenny Newman have both scored three, while seven others have one apiece.
And Whinnett, who gained the PHSC plc Player of the Match award against West Ham, feels it is nice to take some of the pressure off strikers Shepherd and Graham with others getting in on the act.
She said: “We’ve got players from all over the park [scoring] – defenders, midfielders, strikers; everyone’s smashing it at the moment.
“There was a lot of pressure on Kit, I feel, because of how many she scored last year. She is a fantastic player but she’s only young – you can’t put that amount of pressure on someone. Now it’s spread out over the team, it’s good.
“I’m up there at the moment [as well] – I’m doing alright! I’m buzzing - it’s nice to get on the scoresheet. But as long as we get the three points, I don’t really mind whether I score or not.
“I’m playing on the right wing now, which is my position – I feel like I’ve got more to offer the team on that side.”
With no match this weekend, we are next in action on 21 October away to Billericay Town in the Ryman Cup, this seems an ideal opportunity to take stock of Charlton’s season so far.
Despite a disappointing surrendering of their FAWPL Cup title, just one loss in the league having played everyone in the top five already, bodes well for the rest of the campaign.
But, despite the team having only one goal in mind, Whinnett adds the importance of not getting too carried away at the moment, with Brighton and Cardiff able to increase their respective leads over third-placed Charlton this weekend.
“We’ve got to take it game by game,” she said. “Can’t be thinking about winning the league and stuff like that – each game as it comes.
“Now, after [losing twice to] Cardiff and [beating West Ham on]Sunday, we can have a break and crack on. Take all the positives from Sunday and move forward and keep going game by game.”
On the West ham win, she added: “We didn’t play as well second half, we did step off the gas a little bit, but we knew we could.
“They didn’t have a lot to bring to the table, which we knew because they had so many players missing. We did what we had to do and kept it tidy and it was a good game.”