Sam looking forward to what 2014 will bring in the FA Women's Premier League
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:39PM UTC, Sunday, 05 January 2014
Sam Pittuck hopes 2014 will bring better luck and results for the Charlton women’s team, as they prepare to get back into action with an away match against West Ham United on Sunday . . . .rain permitting!!
Striker Pittuck, one of many former Hammers at the club, feels the Addicks have been slowly improving and that the landscape of the FA Women’s Premier League will change this year.
With a number of high-flying FAWPL teams bidding farewell to their FA Women’s Super League loanees, there could be a different dynamic in the league.
Pittuck, who was named PHSC plc Player of the Month for December, hopes that will be the case.
She said: “It will be interesting to see how January and the rest of the season pans out now all of these players have gone back because one or two of them do make a big difference to one team.
“We haven’t had any Super League players here and, although we have had some dodgy results we are consistently at that point now.
“Whereas the other teams that have had Super League players and been banging in the goals – have they still got that quality there? We will soon see.”
Charlton have already been improving, having recorded a 6-0 win over South-East Combination side Old Actonians in the London FA Capital Cup last time out.
New signing Grace Coombs, who returns from a spell at University in America, is likely to be in the squad that travels to Thurrock to play West Ham.
With club captain Kim Dixson hoping to return to training soon and winger Kylie Manktelow already back from injury, Pittuck hopes returning players will also be a boost.
There are a number of players who will probably be out for the rest of the season, like Gemma Shepherd and Jordan Butler but, once fit, they will reinject quality into the side.
“It’s easy to forget about those players,” the 29 year old added, “and if you look at the quality that isn’t in the team at the moment, and what we have to come back, it’s positive going forward.”
“When we do get them back, it will make a hell of a difference to the team, and to the league and the way people play against us – people will start taking notice more.
“We are creating a lot of chances and it’s just a case of once one goes in, the rest will follow.
“Just like in the second half [against Old Actonians], one went in then two, three, four, five later, 6-0 up. You just need to get that one first goal and the confidence will come with it.”
On her player of the month award, she said: “I didn’t expect that at all, it was completely out of the blue as I don’t particularly think I merited it this month.
“Obviously I am pleased to get it but I think it is the whole team this month that has improved enormously.
“The work rate, everything so I think that should have gone to the whole team, not just one player.”