Weston looking for Cup Semi-Final Spot . . .game confirmed as ON
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:51PM GMT, Thursday, 06 December 2012
Stuart Weston believes the Charlton women’s reserve team are now the team to beat as they prepare for an FA Women’s Premier League Cup tie against Sunderland.
The Addicks currently top the Southern Division of the Premier League, having beaten Arsenal and Chelsea, plus a Colchester side packed full of first team players.
Sunderland are third in the Northern Division and have the best first team outside the Women’s Super League thanks to the strength of their second string and academy set ups.
Whilst Weston knows it will be a tough clash, with a semi-final the reward for the victors, he believes the Mackems will be thinking similarly.
He said: “I don’t know much about Sunderland apart from that their first team are a very strong side, which tells me their reserves are pretty strong as well.
"But they are eleven women playing against eleven women and that’s how we have looked at teams like Chelsea, who are a very strong side and we beat them.
"I can’t see why we can’t beat Sunderland as well and that is the attitude we have to have; they are just a team and if we can go out and play our football hopefully we will come out as victors.
“We have beaten Chelsea and Arsenal, who have proven to be the best two teams over the years, and I believe we are up there now and teams are looking at us thinking ‘we don’t want to play Charlton because they are a strong side’.
“You can see that by the amount of teams that are playing first team players in their reserve sides to try and beat us. Colchester played a lot of their first team and we still beat them 3-0.”
Charlton moved three points clear at the top of the table last time out with a win against West Ham United despite being far from their best, particularly in the first half.
“The first half was probably the worst I have seen us play since I have taken over and the girls knew that at half time" said Stuart.
However, a penalty was converted by goalkeeper Megen Lynch just before half time before and Kris Manktelow gave the Addicks what Weston described as an important win”.
“We got a break with a penalty being awarded in the 45th minute, which came at the best time it could have because West Ham were probably the better side in the first half and that was like a sucker punch to them.
“We came out in the second half and the girls were back to their normal; nice passing, pressing well and dominating throughout the whole of the second half.
“We went three points clear after the West Ham game, but Chelsea won last Sunday and are only below us on goal difference so it’s important for us to keep getting those points on the board,” he added.