Weston looking for team to bounce back against Lewes
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:06AM GMT, Friday, 21 February 2014
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s team can bounce back from their 6-0 FA Cup loss to Sheffield FC last weekend by climbing up the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division table.
The Addicks host Lewes Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday (2pm) in their first league match in three months. A home win would propel Charlton up two places into fifth, above their opponents and their south-coast rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.
First team manager Weston admits the Sussex side have become a bit of a “bogey team” for his charges, having defeated Charlton twice already this season.
But, aside from Sheffield’s clinical finishing, performances have been improving and the last loss to Lewes was, in the main, down to a superb goalkeeping display by former Addick Michelle Beazley.
Weston said: “Last time we played them I think we managed something like 20 shots on goal and their keeper had one of those days where we just couldn’t get it past her and we ended up losing 1-0.
“So they are a little bit of a bogey team for us but we need to put that behind us and know that if we play our football, we can work those positions and maybe we get the rub of the green this time.
“[Lewes] are a good team, they work really hard and they press in packs. But I think of we’re playing at our best we should come away with a win.”
“We’ve got games in hand over a lot of the teams above us so it would be nice to start putting some points on the board. We had some good performances before Christmas, getting our first ever point from Coventry, so we are getting there.”
The Sheffield defeat ended a run of three successive victories, and a six-game unbeaten streak, that saw Charlton surge into the London FA Capital Cup final, where they will face South-East Combination leaders Queens Park Rangers.
However, the team were brought down to earth with a bang against the team that currently leads the Northern Premier League as Weston tried to pick through the disappointing result.
“It’s been a strange week,” he added, “because we had the elation of getting into the Capital Cup final and then, whether we got a little bit carried away I don’t know, but we just didn’t turn up.
“And we came up against, I can’t take anything away from Sheffield, a very, very good side. They have a few ex-top level players from Doncaster Belles and Lincoln and are a very good, well-organised side.
“For the first 15 minutes or so we did OK against them and when that [first] goal went in it shook us a little bit and they scored four goals within the space of about 15 minutes and that was pretty much game over.”