Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:04PM UTC, Wednesday, 06 February 2013
Stuart Weston is looking forward to seeing his Charlton women’s reserve team back in competitive action when they host Gillingham reserves in the Kent Cup at Sparrows Lane on Sunday.
The Addicks second string have been in deadly form, winning their previous nine games, but have not had a match for two months due to a combination of bad weather and the Christmas break.
Despite the frustrating lack of match practice manager Weston, who has a 100 per cent record since taking over in September, is backing his side to recapture their form this weekend.
He said: “It’s been frustrating because we were on a really good run and, while there’s nothing to say that’s going to finish, it’s nice to be able to keep that momentum going.
“It’s a shame the Christmas break came when it did and we had to cancel games, because we could be clear at the top.
“But it’s the same for the other teams as well. They haven’t had games, so we can’t use that as an excuse.
“We’ve just got to get back out and kick on from where we left off. Hopefully the girls will see we are in a fantastic position, second in the league and have the semi-final of the League Cup coming up.”
The Charlton reserve team have been in the Kent Cup final two years running, beating Millwall reserves in 2011 before losing to Gillingham’s first team last season in a closely fought contest.
Gills’ reserves are currently bottom of the table in the FA Women’s Premier Reserve League with just a solitary point, which they gained recently against Colchester United.
And, despite the Addicks’ 6-1 rout earlier in the campaign, Weston believes his team, who are second in the same division with a game in hand, are in for a tricky encounter this time.
“We managed to beat Gillingham 6-1 earlier on in the season but they got their first point of the season last weekend so it will be a tough game,” he added.
“We’ve done a lot of fitness work because we have had quite a bit of time off due to the weather and Christmas.
“We have done a lot of fitness and ball work so we can get the girls back up to the level they finished off at.”
If the Reserves win on Sunday they will play the semi-final of the Kent Cup the following week away to Millwall Lionesses