Our FA Cup journey starts today
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:37PM GMT, Saturday, 18 January 2014
Jenny Newman is targeting a long FA Womenís Cup run to kick-start the Charlton womenís teamís season.
The Addicks host South-East Combination side Milton Keynes Dons at Sporting Club Thamesmead this Sunday (2pm) in the third round, with tickets priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Charlton Women & Girls players can get in free if wearing their club tracksuit and can also bring a guest free.
After an underwhelming league campaign so far and disappointing FA Women’s Premier League Cup campaign, where they were knocked out in the first round, Charlton will be keen to progress.
And stand-in captain Newman hopes the experience of facing Liverpool in the fifth round of the famous competition three years ago can be repeated this term.
She said: “We always want to focus on the league but the FA Cup is something you want to go as far as you can.
“I remember a few years ago when we went up to play against Liverpool and it was just a fantastic weekend.
“We want to go as far as we can. Playing a lower league side is always going to be difficult because they will really come at us but I think we’ve got the quality and the players to go far.
“This is our first game of the New Year, by the time it comes around we won’t have played for a month so everyone will want to get out there and give it a good go.”
The winger also hopes 2014 will bring better fortunes all round for her team, as they look to climb the Premier League South table, where they currently sit a disappointing seventh.
It has been a trying campaign so far, with long-term injuries to key players like club captain Kim Dixson, last season’s top goalscorer Gemma Shepherd and defender Jordan Butler.
The arrival of Grace Coombs, who re-joins the club after a three-year spell playing and studying at the University of Massachusetts, is a big plus for Newman.
“We can only go up to be honest; we can only get better,” she added. “The girls all really want to work hard together. We have had a tough time this season but it’s all going to be up from here.”
“Grace is such a good player – she is just so reliable and so strong. I hate playing against her myself so it’ll be really good to have her in there.
“It’s a massive boost for the players and we have other players waiting to come back as well so there are a lot of positives for this year.”
If we beat MK Dons we will be at home to either Sheffield FC or Liverpool Feds on Sun 9th Feb