Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:42AM GMT, Thursday, 14 February 2013
The Charlton women’s team will be going all out to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in their London Cup semi-final as they bid to land some silverware.
After being shocked by Oxford United in the FA Cup a fortnight ago and losing in the Premier League Cup to Leeds, caretaker manager Bill Long has urged his side to grab their last chance for glory.
And after the disappointment of losing out to Spurs at the same stage of the competition, he also hopes that will give the girls motivation to put right a wrong against a team who are in the division below.
Long said: “We aren’t going to take it lightly, we are going to take it as seriously as we can. This is probably our only chance of silverware now so we are going to go all out to try our damnedest to win it.
“You’d hope [last season’s loss] would be a thing where they would take on board what happened to them last year and be aware of what happened and use it as motivation.
“You can’t take these games lightly and you know you have to put the effort in to get results.
“It is one of our aims to win silverware this season as well as doing well in the league. This is our last chance so we really do have to make the best of the situation.”
On the Leeds game, despite a spirited showing the Addicks finally lost a 2-0 lead in the final few minutes of the clash.
Long was pleased with his side’s ability to cause the opposition’s defence trouble but not so happy with their tendency to complicate things in defence, leading to conceding soft goals.
“I was disappointed,” he added. “We were 2-0 up and to be fair to the girls, they had battled really well but we just couldn’t hold on at the end.
“But the girls should take a lot of pride out of the game and they should take a lot of positives out of the game rather than look at it as a negative.
“The positive thing is it shows we can score goals and we can do the right things. It’s just holding on and defending a little bit better and using a bit more experience in defensive areas but I am sure we can build on that.”
The match takes place at Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, CM19 5BE - kick-off 1pm.