Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:35PM GMT, Friday, 09 November 2012
The Charlton women’s reserve team will be looking to keep manager Stuart Weston’s 100 per cent record going this weekend against league leaders Chelsea.
Since taking over in late September, Weston has overseen five wins in a row, adding to a 6-0 romp of Arsenal just before his appointment.
In those five games, he has seen the Addicks score 30 goals and concede just three as they have progressed to the League Cup quarter final and to third in the league, three points behind Chelsea.
And last weekend they eased past a Colchester side containing 10 first team players thanks to a hat trick from Gemma Bryan.
Weston said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better start and the performances have just got better and better every single week.
“Last week they were brilliant and it turns out we ended up playing 10 of Colchester’s first team and we still beat them comfortably. The game against Chelsea this week is massive.
“The first time we spoke I said I wanted to win the league, we were fifth then and now we have managed to get ourselves into a position where we are only three points off the top.
“I do want to applaud the girls for what they have done so far but we realise we are only halfway through the league and we want to stay concentrated because there is still a long way to go.”
Chelsea lost 2-0 to West Ham last Sunday, meaning the Addicks can leapfrog them with victory this weekend and can even go top of the league if Cardiff can avoid defeat against Arsenal.
And, after a narrow 1-0 loss in the away fixture, Weston is confident that, with a good performance, his team can emerge victorious.
“They lost at the weekend so they are going to want to come out and right that wrong,” he added.
“But on the performances our girls have been putting in I’m confident we can give anyone in this league a game.
“From what I’ve been told, they lost 1-0 to Chelsea last time but could easily have won it, they just didn’t take their chances. Judging by the amount of goals we’re scoring that’s what we’re doing now.
“We may have to make a few changes due to injuries but whoever comes in knows everyone so I am confident they can go out and give a good performance and that’s all I can ask.
“If, on the day, Chelsea come out and are brilliant that’s fine but, as long as our team give 100 per cent I think we will be OK.”