Weston hoping last weeks win will spur his team on
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:20AM GMT, Friday, 24 January 2014
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton womenís teamís FA Cup win over MK Dons last weekend can help ease them into the second half of their FA Womenís Premier League season.
The Addicks host Tottenham Hotspur at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday (2pm), a team they are very familiar with, looking to make it three wins on the bounce.
The 3-0 victory over Milton Keynes followed a 6-0 Capital Cup trouncing of Old Actonians in their previous match – a month before, back on 15 December.
And Weston felt it was important to get a full, competitive 90 minutes in the cup before going into the league campaign in order to get the players’ match fitness back up.
He said: “We didn’t start off very well. I think if it was one of the teams at our level or higher I think we would have been in trouble after that first half.
“It was a long lay off. We’ve trained and had training games but the physicality of a training game isn’t the same as a proper game because we don’t want to injure each other.
“Maybe that was part of it, being a little bit rusty, but it was nice to see the reaction of the girls after half time to come out and boss that second half and come away with a nice 3-0 win.
“First win [in 2014], second win in a row and two clean sheets, that’s what’s the massive positive – clean sheets win you games.”
It was definitely a game of two halves for Charlton; after a lacklustre first period, they came out firing in the second, taking a 2-0 lead within 10 minutes of the restart.
The three goals that fired them into the third round, where they will face either Sheffield FC or Liverpool Feds, were fitting of the occasion.
Midfielder Charley Clifford bagged a five-minute brace to get the ball rolling, one from all of 35 yards and the other a 20-yard free kick both into the top right-hand corner. Kit Graham then completed the scoring second before the final whistle with a 30-yard strike.
Weston and Clifford both revealed the second-half plan was to test the keeper as much as possible, with the boss adding: “After half time we came out a different team and I think we bossed it.
“Although we didn’t have much threat from Milton Keynes, there were a lot of things we could have done in the first half and I think we came out in the second half and did that.
“I’m not sure their goalkeeper had a save to make in the first half, maybe one, because we seemed to be scared to have a shot.
“So that’s what I said to them, ‘at the first opportunity test the goalkeeper’, Charley did and she scored.”