Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Sam itching to get back to action
Sam itching to get back to action
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:55AM GMT, Thursday, 04 January 2018
The Charlton women’s team are back in action for the first time in 2018 on Sunday, with a trip to Ipswich Town at Felixstowe and Walton FC in the third round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup - ko 1pm
Quote by: Sam Pittuck“At the end of the day it’s the FA Cup and anything can happen so we’ll be preparing properly and going into the game with the right mental state.Quote by: Sam Pittuck
Sam Pittuck
And, with the carrot of a potential tie with an FA Women’s Super League side up for grabs, Sam Pittuck says her side are itching to get back out on the field and secure their spot in the fourth round.

“The FA Cup is huge for us – well, I think it’s huge in general, for men’s and women’s sides,” Pittuck said. “The good thing about the women’s game is that it is a huge cup and it’s taken a lot more seriously than maybe it is in the men’s game.”

Pittuck says it would be a dream to emulate the run that took the women’s team into the quarter finals of the competition in the 2014/15 season. Then they were eliminated on penalties by eventual finalists and then top-tier side Everton having taken an early lead.

“That was an awesome ride,” she recalled. “I’d love to get through to that sort of level again. Taking them all the way through to penalties and being unlucky to go out, especially because we missed a couple of sitters in the last couple of minutes of extra time.

“With Super League teams coming in next round, what a great incentive to get there. Ipswich on Sunday; beat them and then it could be anyone – Chelsea, Man City.

“What a test that would be for us to go and play against people like that and the way we’re playing at the moment I think it would be quite a decent step for us to test ourselves against that level of opposition.”

However, the versatile veteran is taking nothing for granted against a side one division below. A 3-1 reverse at home to relegation-threatened West Ham United at The Valley in October has taught the Addicks not to be complacent.

Despite their lofty position – they sit atop the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South at the halfway stage – they were also run close by AFC Wimbledon, who are in the same league as Ipswich, in the first round of the FAWPL Cup.

“We can’t take anything for granted in any game we play. We need to prepare properly, if anything you need to over-prepare for these sorts of teams because they’re the ones that can come up with a surprise and knock you out.

“At the end of the day it’s the FA Cup and anything can happen so we’ll be preparing properly and going into the game with the right mental state.

“Since the West Ham and C&K Basildon games where we stepped off our game, we haven’t done that and that’s going to carry on through the next four or five months until the end of the season.”

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