Sheffield in the Cup on Sunday with an early KO of 1.30pm
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 3:09PM GMT, Friday, 14 February 2014
The Charlton women’s team are set for a tough FA Women’s Cup third round clash against Sheffield FC on Sunday at Sporting Club Thamesmead (1.30pm).
The winner of the game will then go on to face FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) 2 newcomers Durham WFC in the fourth round.
Despite a lack of games this year – just two in 2014 so far – the Addicks are on a five-game unbeaten run, dating back to November, with three wins out of their last three cup matches.
But manager Stuart Weston is not expecting an easy game against FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division leaders Sheffield, who have scored 44 goals in their 10 league games, of which they have won nine.
He said: “I don’t know what the standard of the Northern Premier League is but I’ve seen a couple of clips of them on Youtube and they look like they are quite a handy team.
“The movement is good, the passing is good and when you look at where some of their players are from, some of them have played for Doncaster Belles, Lincoln Ladies so they’ve played at the highest level in this country.
“So I’m not expecting them to come here and us to have an easy time of it. It’s going to be a hard game but I think our girls are equal to that.”
The team will be boosted by last weekend’s 2-0 London FA Capital Cup semi final victory over Tottenham Hotspur, giving them the chance to defend the trophy they won last season.
That win continued Charlton’s impressive run of results, combined with a 1-1 friendly draw against FAWSL 2 side Millwall Lionesses.
And Sam Pittuck, who broke the deadlock against former club Spurs, hopes they can continue to push onwards in 2014.
She said: “We just need to keep building on that, not that we have the confidence back and the work rate back, we just need to keep building and going forward and taking that into the next game then into the next game.
“There’s no point looking two, three or four games down the road, we just need to take each game as it comes.
“This weekend is another massive tie. I don’t know anything about Sheffield, we will go into it as we normally do, prepare well and take it as it comes.”
Entry to the match will be £3 for adults & £1 for concessions. Charlton Athletic Women & Girls players wearing their club tracksuit will be able to enter free and bring 1 guest free of charge too
Programmes are £1.