Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:23PM UTC, Friday, 28 September 2012
Harley Bennett hopes the Charlton women’s team can cut out their errors in time to record their first league victory of this season against Portsmouth at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday KO 2pm.
The Addicks are winless after four games but put in a good performance two weekends ago against last year’s runners up Leeds United.
Despite dominating large parts of the match and scoring two goals, three defensive mistakes gifted the visitors three points and leave Charlton second bottom only on goal difference.
After the game Bennett, who was named PHSC plc Player of the Match, said: “We played really well, it was one of our best games this season so to go away with a loss at home is disappointing.
“Not that losing is ever easy to deal with but when teams don’t play well and you give them goals – we conceded from silly mistakes – it’s hard to take. We are our own worst enemy sometimes.
“Two goals should be enough to win but to concede three as well. We have to go away, have a look at ourselves and move on to next week and start again.”
Newly-promoted Pompey arrive in Thamesmead off the back of a 2-1 League Cup win over QPR, having made a good start to life in the Premier League National Division.
Charlton have had a weekend off, with caretaker manager Bill Long having four training sessions since the Leeds game to work with his side.
Striker Gemma Bryan played a full 90 minutes for the reserve squad on Sunday as she continues her comeback from injury, netting a hat trick in a 6-0 win over champions Arsenal.
Meanwhile Gemma Shepherd scored a brace in that game, with Long hoping their partnership will blossom with the more games they play together.
With the negatives that have come this season, the positives are the team are scoring, with Shepherd bagging four league goals in as many games this campaign since her summer move from West Ham.
Harley hopes there is not too much disappointment and that as the new players settle in the results will pick up soon.
“We need a win under our belts,” she added. “It’s getting harder as the weeks go on but we can’t get too disheartened. We have to stay positive and look to next week. It can only get better.
“Hopefully it’s just a blip and we have a few new players so it is about everyone gelling and getting to know each other. I have no doubt in my mind how far we can go.”