Riteesh - We've got a big month coming up
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:12AM GMT, Thursday, 02 February 2017
Riteesh Mishra has challenged the Charlton women’s team to start ‘a big month’ in style as they prepare to face Worthing in the Ryman Women’s Cup semi final at Sporting Club Thamesmead this evening.
Charlton then have two tough matches against FA Women’s Super League side Sheffield FC, in the SSE Women’s FA Cup, and FA Women’s Premier League title challengers Cardiff City the following weekends.
However, first team coach Mishra is not looking past tonight’s match against the South East Counties Division One side and hopes Charlton can book their place in a first final of the campaign.
He said: “We’ve got a big month coming up. We’ll take each game as it comes, one by one. Ideally would have liked to get a few more games under our belts in the New Year but we come into it in good form.
“What’s pleased me so far in the New Year is that our level of performance seem to be getting better and improving.
“We’ve got a good record previously in [the Ryman Cup] and because this is the first semi final of the season, it’s one we can put a marker down. But we can’t go into this game thinking the final’s in our sights; we’ve got to approach this as a final in itself.
I don’t just want us to get through; I want us to get through well, scoring goals, keeping a clean sheet.
“I’m really excited about the game – it’s one of many challenges and opportunities we’ve got coming up and it’s a great chance for our players to go and perform.
“I want the players to show people how good they are – they’ve not done that enough this season and I want them to be doing that from now until the end of the season.”
Charlton come into the clash off the back of two 5-0 victories, against fellow FAWPL South teams Portsmouth and West Ham. Mishra was impressed with his side’s performance on Sunday against the Hammers but admits they were a little rusty in the first half an hour.
That could be down to a lack of match practice, however, with Charlton not having played a game in the three weeks previous. Still, Mishra is keen that does not happen against Worthing.
“[Against West Ham] we let a team that don’t have as much talent as us compete with us and we don’t want to go in with that mindframe on Thursday,” he added.
“Anything can happen in cup competitions and you don’t have much time to turn things around so I’m going to be guarding against any complacency or laziness whatsoever.
“It’s a cup competition and that’s the next hurdle – going out on Thursday, winning the game, hopefully putting in a performance under the lights.”