Stef Aiming To Stay At The Summit For Christmas
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:39PM UTC, Saturday, 13 December 2014
The Charlton women’s team go into their final FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South game against West Ham knowing a win will keep them top of the league over the Christmas break.
“It was a really good win and at Priestfield Stadium. . .to get a win there was brilliant for the girls.
The Addicks face the Hammers at Sporting Club Thamesmead, where they have a 100 per cent record this season, on Sunday (2pm).
Last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Gillingham at Priestfield in front of around 250 spectators took Charlton to the summit of the FAWPL South on goal difference over Brighton & Hove Albion.
And, although everyone else in the division has at least one game in hand, left-back Stef Simmons says her side is determined to stay in that position and give themselves a shot at promotion to the FA Women’s Super League.
Speaking after the Gills win, she said: “It was a really good win and at Priestfield Stadium as well, to get a win there was brilliant for the girls. It was a nice pitch and nice playing in front of that crowd.
“It’s nice being top of the table but I just hope we can stay there now. We are still going to take every game as it comes but I think we’re more than capable of staying up there.
“If we had won the Cardiff game [that ended in a 3-3 draw] we would have been even further ahead but we can’t do much about that. I think we’re in a good position”
West Ham are currently hanging on to the teams at the top of the league, having had a good first half of the campaign.
The teams met earlier this season in a Ryman Cup first round clash at Aveley in which Charlton ran out 3-1 winners, so they will know what to expect from their opponents.
Simmons adds it will be a tough encounter, but expects the girls to keep up their perfect home record and take some positive momentum into the new year.
“They battle really hard,” she added. “We didn’t play great [in the Ryman Cup] but we still came out winners and I think the same again on Sunday.
“We need to battle hard, every single one of us, and we will come through as winners again because we’re technically better than them.”
This will be Charlton’s penultimate match of 2014, with the next round (quarter final) of the Ryman Cup away to Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium to come next Monday (22 December).