Target Achieved !
Report by Sue Prior
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Charlton Women’s team beat QPR on the last game of the season to give them the points they need for a sterling shout at winning the title. Technical Director Paul Mortimer was openly delighted.
Report by Colin B Robertson
Speaking after the victory the Technical Director said, “It would have been a travesty if we had not won this game today. There have been too many times this season when you look back at some of the results, they haven’t been as they should have been.”
He had hoped for more goals and planned to take the game away early, “1-0 is not a great score during the game, because one slip and it can all change.”
“Once the goal went in we could relax a little bit and maybe we relaxed a little bit too much but some of the passing was good. I worried about if we’ve not scored they could have just sat in and defended.”
The result put QPR in the mix as contenders for relegation. Mortimer -A QPR fan, “I feel for QPR a little bit because I was speaking to their manager after the game and he said they have only really started to play in the last few games.”
Charlton’s form has been top class, “It is a great achievement to have played the way they have consistently over the last 10 games –they have won eight or nine and lost one…This season they have only conceded 12 league goals.”
His side outperformed their opposition, “It was a good way to show what we were about. I thought they did that really well. A lot of the Gillingham team were here and a lot of the people from the Community trust were here too.”
There was record crowd to watch the important game, “We hope for that every week, I would take that every week. I really enjoyed it, there was really great atmosphere it was brilliant.”
He continued, “We have loved it here, it has been really good. I can’t thank the fans enough; they have come to see the girls. It was brilliant for the girls to seal it in front of all their mates, the fans that come very week and the people they work with. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
The Addicks are a young side, “It’s a very easy thing to forget that we have kids in the side because they have played all season people forget it. As they have played all year, they expect and quite right too but it is important to remember they are young side. “
“Fliss has played virtually every game apart from the first five. Elli Bailes came in and did brilliant, she got concussed and missed a few games but she’s come in at again for a couple of games at the end of the season. Megan Chandler for a lot of the season has played really well...”
“…They are all youngsters, we’ve got a couple in their twenties but the rest are all twenty and under.”
The side have fortunately not had many injuries, “The good thing is the team has been able to grow together...”
“…They are a close bunch that is not down to me that’s down to them. They have grown close and they work and play for each other. ”
“They have really matured, they have grown up and I really am pleased, I’m delighted and the girls deserve it…We’ve played some really good football this year. I think we have played some wonderful football and I’m looking forward to next year.”
The Technical Director admitted he has had his eye on the National Premier Division for the last few weeks, “I think we’re good enough to go up so I have to think that way. I start the same every season - if you perform you will play. It is as simple as that. The slate is wiped clean; there is no sentiment at all. The standard rises and the players have to have the desire to do it. They have to be as fit as they can raring to go.”
“I look forward to next season but I’m going to get tonight out of the way first. To be honest it has not happened to me before. As a player I have been promoted but to create a team especially where we have come from I mean I remember the first game I think we only had two or three players. We’ve had to build it…”
He gave special thanks to Sue Prior, “Sue behind the scenes has been pushing us on. I’d be lost without her she plays a huge part and she shouldn’t be forgotten. She deserves it as much as anyone else and this is great for her.”
It has been a year of success. Charlton Women’s football has shown that they are quality outfit from the inside out. The reserves, an even younger side have succeeded in competing in their first season in the Reserve Premier division and they have won the Kent Cup.
“…It is good to be successful; it elevates what we are trying to do, where we want to go. It is good for the girls to see what we are doing in reserve football is successful. We have had eight players stepping up to the reserves or firsts and Charlie Clifford has played for England - we are producing players.”