Spurs visit Bayliss Avenue on Wednesday evening
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:19PM GMT, Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Stef Simmons hopes the Charlton women’s team can keep up their winning run and challenge the league leaders, as they prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday at Sporting Club Thamesmead - KO 745pm.
The Addicks made it four straight victories with a 3-2 win against West Ham last weekend, with goals from Simmons and Kit Graham (2).
That took them within three points of joint leaders Cardiff City and Portsmouth, still with seven games of the season remaining.
And, despite having this Sunday off as the odd one out in a league of 11, the left back wants her side to keep their momentum going.
She said: “We don’t have a game next week and, although it might do us good to have a break, we all want to keep playing and keeping the run going.
“Hopefully we can get another three points on Wednesday when we play Spurs and then we wait and see how Gills and everyone else does.
“It’s nice to get wins, and now four in a row, to help us get up the table and put pressure on the teams like Gills, Cardiff and the others up the top.”
Charlton will take confidence from the character they showed at Thurrock, twice coming from a goal down to win the game with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time.
Former Addicks Sarah McCrea put the Hammers 1-0 and 2-1 up, with an excellent Graham strike sandwiched in between.
Just as it looked like there would be no comeback, West Ham failed to pick up Charley Clifford’s short corner and Simmons curled the ball into the far corner to equalise again with five minutes left.
Graham pounced well into overtime, with a magnificent volley over the West Ham keeper but it was Simmons who took the plaudits and was given the PHSC plc Player of the Match award.
“We just kept pushing and pushing,” she added after the game.
“We had a couple more chances which we didn’t take but as soon as we got that second goal to draw it back level we kept pushing and got the third goal, which was a brilliant goal from Kit.
“We said at the beginning of the second half just test the goalkeeper and we did and all three shots went in luckily.
“We started very slow compared to the last three games we’ve played but in the end we dug in and got the win, which is all that matters.”