Rogers Reflects on Reserves Season
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:56AM UTC, Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Clare Rogers was delighted with the progress made by the Charlton women’s reserve team last season, finishing runners up in both the FA Women’s Premier Reserve League South and Kent Cup.
The reserve team skipper, who was named as manager Warren Clarke’s Player of the Year, reflected on what was a successful year for the second string at next year’s senior team trials.
A relatively young squad lost out by just two points to Brighton and Hove Albion in the league and gave a good account of themselves in the Kent Cup, losing 3-0 to a strong Gillingham Ladies first team.
And their experienced captain, who rejoined the Addicks during the summer, was happy with the development of the side, seeing a number of her team mates stepping into the first team breach throughout the course of the season.
She said: “We had our ups and downs, it was a really eventful season but I’m just really pleased with the progress everyone’s made in the reserves.
“With a lot of players going up into the first team, I think it’s been really good seeing the youngsters develop in that squad and being a part of that, you get something out of that.
“Obviously it’s a big achievement to get to the Kent Cup final and you want to win it but we’ll be proud of the way we performed rather than the result.
“Gillingham were very well organised and we did unbelievably well to match them, especially as [Charlton’s] first team had lost [to Gillingham the weekend] before that.
“Being the underdog can always be a good thing because you can always upset [the odds]. We never looked like winning the game but that was expected and anything we could have got was a bonus.
“I think Alex Baker in goal was unbelievable and some of the youngsters really stepped up, which was good to see.”
The 31-year-old midfielder played a key part in that season, helping the younger players during games and on the training pitch – even playing making five appearances for the first team.
Rogers also coached Charlton’s newly formed under 10s team and paid tribute to Clarke, who she has “learnt a lot from”.
“I think he’s a fantastic coach,” she added, “and he got us playing the right way and I think the way he talks to players, it makes you want to listen and learn. It’s good for the youngsters to learn from someone like that.
“I learnt a lot from the way he sets up and the amount of effort he puts in to organising things and what he expects from players – he has high expectations and that’s what the youngsters need to set themselves little goals and things.”