Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Paul Mortimer with sponsor Stephen King
Pauls thoughts on Seagulls victory
Pauls thoughts on Seagulls victory
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 8:30PM GMT, Wednesday, 09 March 2011
The Charlton Women’s team fired themselves back into the hunt for promotion with a resounding 4-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
Quote by: Paul Mortimer“I said at the start of the season we should be aiming for promotion and a consistent run from now until the end of the season will get us there or there abouts". Quote by: Paul Mortimer
Paul Mortimer

Report by David Brenchley

The returning Gemma Bryan hit a sensational hat trick while Grace Coombs bagged her second goal of the season with a 35-yarder as Charlton gained revenge for their League Cup loss to the Seagulls earlier in the season.

And Technical Director Paul Mortimer is pleased his side are showing ‘signs of maturity’ as the season is drawing to a close.

“I think they are showing signs of growing up, signs of maturity. They dealt with situations very well and it was a fairly collected win in the end,” he said.

“We owe most of the top teams because we haven’t performed against them. I still don’t think there is anything for us to fear, I think people will fear us.

“We have shown we can play some very good football, the girls are beginning to really believe in themselves and you can see that in the performances and the results.”

Bryan’s treble takes her to 11 league goals from just nine games and strengthens her position as leading goalscorer in the Southern Division, six goals ahead of West Ham’s Gemma Shepherd.

Mortimer was delighted with her impact, coming immediately after her three-game suspension, adding: “She has not played for a while and it is testament to her how she has kept herself in shape.

“She lasted the 90 minutes, scored three great goals and that clinical finishing is what we have missed, as well as we have done in the last couple of weeks.

“The team did well without her but your best players will always add value to your team and she showed that on Sunday.”

The Addicks have the ‘welcome distraction’ of an FA Cup clash with FA WSL side Liverpool this Sunday but Mortimer’s focus is still on gaining promotion to the Premier League National, which is a challenge he hopes his players will relish.

“I said at the start of the season we should be aiming for promotion and a consistent run from now until the end of the season will get us there or there abouts.

“That means we need to win most of our games and that is a test for us. Hopefuly the girls will see it as a great challenge and will get on with it.”

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