Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Stuart Weston & Asst. Manager Jeremy Parsons - photo by James Prickett
Weston looking for players to play for their places
Weston looking for players to play for their places
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:48PM BST, Thursday, 01 May 2014
Stuart Weston has urged his players to play for their places on the Charlton women’s team’s pre-season tour to Portugal as their season nears an end.
Quote by: Stuart Weston“We’re not there to do anybody any favours, we want to win because we can still potentially come third if we win both games.Quote by: Stuart Weston
Stuart Weston
The Addicks have just two games left of the 2013/14 season, starting with a trip to Portsmouth at Privett Park, Gosport, on Sunday.

Despite the fact they can no longer win the FA Women’s Premier League South title, Weston says his side should be looking to impress to win a place in the first team next season.

Preparation for next term will start as soon as this campaign has finished and will take in a trip to Browns club in the Algarve, like last year.

Weston said: “We know we can’t win the league but for us it’s about our own pride and how high up the league can we finish?

“We’ve got our pre-season trip and there’s only a certain amount of spaces that can go on that. That’s what they all know – they’re still playing for their place on the plane.

“It’s an amazing place to go and a really good team bonding if you’re looking to be playing in the first team next year.

“So it’s all to play for and there’s nobody definitely going yet, we haven’t written the list out. We’re waiting until the end of the season and it’s about how they apply themselves for this club, whether they’re going to earn themselves the right to represent the club out in Portugal.”

Both Pompey and Cardiff are fighting it out for the FAWPL title with rivals Gillingham and midlands side Coventry City.

This weekend’s opponents were extremely unlucky on Sunday, almost taking FA Women’s Super League 1 side Notts County into extra time.

It took a Magpies side boasting a host of internationals over 70 minutes to find a way past Perry Northeast’s side, winning only 2-0.

Weston knows both games, therefore, are going to be difficult but he hopes the extent of Charlton’s influence on the title race will be beating both.

“We know they’re going to be really tough games because both sides can potentially win the league,” he added.

“Portsmouth, we played them before, are a good side – I think, footballing-wise, they are one of the best sides we’ve played this season.

“And then Cardiff’s going to be a really tough game, they are big and strong, and they play football but they are big and tough. We just have to match that.

“We’re not going to go into either game thinking ‘oh we’ve won our cup, our season’s over’, we want to go out there and do our best.

“We’re not there to do anybody any favours, we want to win because we can still potentially come third if we win both games.

“We need one point to guarantee fifth place and if we finish fifth and we’ve won the cup, we’ve got to say, with what’s happened this season, it’s been quite a successful season for us and then we look forward to getting pre-season started and see what we can do next year.”

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