Sam looking to cook up a Dripping Pan victory
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:08PM BST, Friday, 17 October 2014
Sam Pittuck believes “anything is possible” for the Charlton women’s team this season if they can perform to the level set in their 4-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Addicks travel south on Sunday to face the other Sussex-based side in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Lewes, after a run of four successive wins.
Three of those came in the FAWPL, and included a convincing victory over pre-season title favourites Brighton, described as a “huge result” by Pittuck, who hit an FAWPL Cup hat-trick against Norton last weekend.
And, with Charlton having scored 47 goals from their opening 10 matches of the campaign, the striker, who has netted eight of them, it is their forward play that has caught the eye. Gemma Shepherd, returning from a year-long injury, has also bagged eight this term, while Kit Graham has 18 from just nine games.
Pittuck said: “[Brighton] was a huge result, I think everything and everyone managed to click with each other that day. It all just came together and I think the work rate was top drawer.
“It was good that it came together for that game but we need to now maintain that level all the way through [the season], and that’s the hard part. But if we do, I think anything’s possible.
“The attacking play has been great this season, with an added impetus from Gem coming back because she adds a different class and different kind of quality to the level that we play at.
“I think going forward a lot of teams will struggle to stop us from scoring, especially when we’re on top form like we were against Brighton. Hopefully we can maintain that going forward.”
Their recent results have seen Charlton bounce back from two successive defeats, against Tottenham and Portsmouth, and put them just four points behind the league leaders with a game in hand.
Teams have been dropping points, though, and Pittuck also pointed out that, with a gap of six points now separating sixth-placed Spurs and seventh-placed Lewes, these are the games her side need to be winning if they are to have ambitions of challenging for the title.
Charlton and Lewes played each other three times last season, with the opposition winning both games at the Dripping Pan, so Pittuck hopes to see that reversed on Sunday.
“For some reason I find that they’ve been a bit of a bogey side in the last couple of seasons and I don’t know why that is,” she added.
“We need to be going to these types of places and beating them convincingly, otherwise what’s the point going and beating Brighton 4-1 and not beating teams like Lewes, no disrespect to them.
“We have to beat the teams around us regardless. This league’s so open at the moment, everyone’s beating everyone and it’s just going to be the team that’s consistently beating these teams that’s going to win it.”