Warren reflects on a great season for the Reserves
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:48PM UTC, Friday, 24 April 2015
The Charlton women’s reserve team can go out and enjoy their final game of the season, says manager Warren Clarke after his team wrapped up the FA Women’s Premier League South title last weekend
They were due to travel to Essex looking to go out with yet another win, knowing that the pressure is now off their shoulders. However the match was postponed early Saturday evening as Basildon cannot raise a team.
Four-goal Kylie Manktelow fired the Addicks’ second-string to a 4-0 victory over Chichester City at Sparrows Farm on Sunday to secure her team’s triumph.
Speaking after the Chichester game, Clarke told us his side would enjoy the moment but, come the following Sunday, will be fully focused on their finale.
“We’ve [won the league] with a game left to go, which is even more pleasing because it means we don’t have to go into next week’s game with that pressure atmosphere; having to win the game,” he said.
“It makes it nice that we can enjoy the last game of the season properly and go out there and express ourselves and finish the league in style.
“I said to them in the team huddle [after the Chichester win], ‘enjoy today, however, once you get that out of your system it’s business as usual through training Tuesday, Thursday’.
“I’m looking for us to go to Basildon and finish the league off in style and show them why we are champions of the league.
“We’ve had some good comments from the Chichester manager as well as the Lewes manager and they’ve said we’ve played real good football and they can see why we’re champions.”
Before their penultimate game of the season, Clarke pointed to the progression and development he has seen his side go through this season, which has pleased him.
And he believes his young team is still learning, having suffered one setback three weeks ago, drawing 1-1 with a Queens Park Rangers side that finished the game with just eight players on the field.
A win there would have seen them over the line a week previously, but Clarke was just pleased to have “trickled over the line, so to speak”.
He added: “I can’t be too disappointed with the fact that we didn’t win it earlier and the reason I say that is because the games in which we drew, or dropped points, provided real good learning curves for us.
“For instance the QPR game, when they had eight players. The lesson learnt from that was about being patient and preserving possession to build up a good goalscoring opportunity rather than rushing.
“There’s still quite a bit of work for them to do in terms of the mental approach and the professionalism to their game.
“I said to them at the beginning of the season that we’re on a journey together. Myself and the team are learning how best to suit each other’s needs and provide the support needed and it’s a continual process and it’s just something we have to keep working towards.
“In terms of where they were at the beginning of the season to where they are now, you can see the change; however, there still is quite a bit of work to do, especially if they have ambitions to push on into the first team in a year or two’s time.”