Nikita looking to take Sunday's momentum into Spurs game
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:24AM UTC, Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The Charlton women’s team are taking one game at a time, as they look to build on their unbeaten start to the FA Women’s Premier League season.
The Addicks came from a goal down on Sunday to defeat C&K Basildon 4-1 thanks to a hat trick from Gemma Shepherd and a strike from PHSC Player of the Match Nikita Whinnett.
That victory leaves them fifth in the southern division, with a game in hand over two above them. That game takes place on Thursday evening against Tottenham Hotspur, who are fourth, at Cheshunt FC - ko 745pm.
And winger Whinnett wants her side to take positive momentum from back-to-back wins, against Plymouth Argyle (6-1) and Basildon, into what will be a tough clash, but also urged caution despite the club having high ambitions.
She said: “Can’t wait for [the Tottenham] game. We need to take everything we did in that second half [against Basildon] straight into that game.
“First 20 minutes was a little bit tough, a little bit wobbly. Going down 1-0, didn’t really know if we’d fight back and bring the game back but we did.
“We played fantastic second half, were all over them. They had a game midweek so we knew they would get tired and we just played on it and kept going at them.
“Because last season was so good, we’ve just got to go one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves and not think about winning the league.
“It’s not going to be easy, but we can do it. Without a doubt we’re the better side [than Tottenham], but we’ll see on the day.”
Whinnett herself was clearly delighted to have gotten on the scoresheet for the first time this season, becoming the seventh Charlton player to do so in this campaign.
It was only the Liverpudlian’s third goal in an Addicks shirt since signing from Gillingham last November, but she hailed the strength in depth the side has in attack.
The surprise so far is that one of those seven scorers is not Kit Graham, who netted 54 in all competitions last term. But Whinnett is backing the striker, who assisted her goal on Sunday, to get back firing soon.
“Yeah, I was buzzing [to have scored]; it’s about time,” Whinnett said. “I had a chance first half and your head goes down a little bit when you miss when it’s one-on-one with the goalkeeper but Kit played me a lovely ball in, nice pace just needed to be placed and thankfully I did it.
“It’s nice to see that it’s different people scoring; Gemma Shepherd’s on fire at the moment, she’s doing brilliant.
“There’s a few girls scoring, not just one or two which is brilliant and Kit’s going to step it up soon too, which is going to be fantastic.”