Sam warns of complacency
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:27AM BST, Friday, 29 August 2014
The Charlton women’s team hope to make Sporting Club Thamesmead a fortress this season, as they prepare to host their first two home games of the season this week.
The Addicks face Swindon Town on Sunday (2pm) in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup first round, before receiving newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday (7.45pm) in the FAWPL South.
And striker Sam Pittuck has urged her team mates to go unbeaten in South East London this season – but has warned against getting too complacent after their record-breaking win last Sunday.
Pittuck was one of three players to bag a hat-trick in the opening game of the season, alongside Gemma Shepherd and four-goal Kit Graham, as Charlton routed Keynsham Town 12-1 to register their biggest league victory since formation in 2000.
Pittuck said: “It was a good confidence boost for the girls that we’re smashing teams 12-1 – you don’t want to take it into the game and get a bit complacent.
“I’m hoping it hasn’t gone too much to the girls’ heads and we can go into Sunday’s game and not just lay back and think it’s going to be another 12-1 rout because it won’t be.
“I don’t know anything about Swindon so it’s a blind game for me, but it’s a home game, hopefully we’ll be able to be unbeaten at Thamesmead, unlike last year, which was a bit of a dodgy season.
“Hopefully we can make our ground a bit of a fortress. Our home form needs to be good because that will carry through if we start well – but we need to start well and that starts on Sunday.”
This season promises to be an historic one for FAWPL teams, with promotion to the FA Women’s Super League possible for the very first time.
Last week, though, Shepherd played down any thought of that achievement as ‘firmly in the background’ and Pittuck echoed her strike partner’s caution.
“[Promotion] is something that we can just dream about at the moment,” she added.
“I don’t think we need to look at that, I think we need to look at every game, playing 120 per cent for us, for each other, ultimately winning that game and getting three points.
“Then, come the end of the season, if we’re up there and can fight for a place in the Super League then that’s what we’ll do but there’s no point looking at it now and I don’t think anyone in this team should be looking at that now.”
Charlton fans are welcome to come along and cheer on the girls, with both games being played at Sporting Club Thamesmead (SE28 8NJ), with admission priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.