Weston happy with Lewes win
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:18AM GMT, Thursday, 27 February 2014
Stuart Weston hailed the Charlton women’s team for bouncing back from their heavy FA Women’s Cup defeat to Sheffield FC by beating Lewes 3-2 on Sunday.
The Addicks continue their FA Women’s Premier League South campaign this Sunday when they travel to basement club Chesham United (KO 2pm) and will be looking to gain momentum from that win.
A brace of goals from Sam Pittuck and one from Kit Graham helped erase the memory of the 6-0 cup loss to the FA WPL Northern leaders the week before.
And first team manager Weston was delighted by the reaction of his players, saying: “It obviously hurt them, not only losing but the way we lost.
“We said in the changing room beforehand, last week’s happened, let’s go out there and show people what a good team we can be and every one of them put a shift in today.
“I’m just so, so pleased with how the girls applied themselves. They wanted to prove to the people that come to see us every week that we are a good team and we can play football.”
It was Charlton’s first league win in almost five months, the last one coming at home to Chesham in early October, although it was also their first league match since late November.
They now have the chance to put together a run of victories, with games against the bottom three sides in the FA WPL, Chesham, Keynsham Town and Tottenham Hotspur, coming up.
But Weston acknowledged the importance of not getting complacent and taking each game as seriously as the next.
“It’s my job to get into the girls and say, ‘look, just because they are the bottom two, it’s not a given’,” he added.
“We almost came unstuck against Chesham last time, just narrowly beating them 3-2. We just have to take every team as if they’re top of the league and have that level of concentration.”
That sentiment was echoed by captain Katie Flack, who claimed the PHSC plc Player of the Month(s) award for January and February.
The right-back-cum-centre-half said: “We will take each game as it comes and try to pick up as many points and hopefully be right up there at the end of the season.
“If we play like we did on Sunday, get the ball down and pass it, we should be walking away with a few wins.”