Weston looking for winning response
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:14PM BST, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s team remember the hurt they felt after last weekend’s defeat to Lewes in order to make sure the same does not happen again.rn
The Addicks travel to Ware FC Hertfordshire this Sunday to face Tottenham Hotspur (2pm kick off, free entry) looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat in Sussex last time out.
And manager Weston was not happy with his side’s performance and seeing them throw away a one-goal lead, given to them by a towering Kit Graham header.
He said: “If we had given a good account of ourselves and lost then I wouldn’t be so disappointed but the fact is, especially for the whole of the first half, we weren’t at the races.
“It was quite a big pitch and I thought, with how we play, we could use that to our advantage but we kept playing the ball into crowded areas and we weren’t using the space correctly.
“We are all disappointed but we all know we probably didn’t deserve to come away from this game with anything. We only played our game for about 15 minutes.
“The loss is hurting the girls - I don’t think it will happen again. They know they didn’t put in what they normally put in.
“We need to put it behind us but we don’t need to forget it. We need to remember how it feels when you come away and you lose a game so it doesn’t happen again.”
Losses will hopefully be few and far between this season for Charlton, as they are targeting a league-winning campaign, having effectively been relegated from last year.
They will not have it easy, though, because, as Weston concedes, most teams, like Lewes and Spurs, will see his side as their “cup final” and everyone will want to beat them.
“As I’ve said to the girls, most of the season we are going to come up against teams that are meeting teams like Charlton who were in the Premier League [National Division] last year,” he added.
“So these are like cup finals to them. We need to be ready for that and we can’t take anything for granted.
“Hats off to Lewes, I think they played well. They played the ball nicely and just seemed to want it more than us unfortunately.
“Now, I hope [the Charlton players] have learnt their lesson and we will come away to places like this and get better results.”
Full address of Ware FC, Wodson Park, Wadesmill Road, Ware, Herts SG12 0UQ
It is FREE to get in and the fun starts at 11am. There are Footy Skill competitions, face painting, a Treasure Hunt and Raffle.
Special guest on the day is Ledley King.