Weston looking to build on Bees confidence
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:03AM BST, Friday, 27 September 2013
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton womenís teamís 11-0 friendly victory over London Bees gives his side confidence as they re-enter their FA Womenís Premier League campaign on Sunday.
This weekend the Addicks travel to face Keynsham Town, who currently sit one place below Charlton but are yet to register a point in the league this season, on a 4g pitch.
But first team manager Weston has warned his players not to take their newly-promoted opponents lightly, after they defeated West Ham United in the League Cup 3-2 recently.
He said: “I don’t know too much about Keynsham but I know that they beat West Ham this week.
“We had a tough game against West Ham so we can’t go [to Keynsham] and expect to win this game easily. We have to go there expecting it to be a tough game and play it as such.
“We can’t be complacent, we have to go there and play. Do the right things like we did against London Bees and if we go with the same attitude and work rate the rest will take care of itself.
“It’s on Astroturf so it probably suits them more than it does us as we obviously prefer grass. But we train on Astroturf and we played well against Maidstone in pre-season so I am not too worried about that.”
With all but one League Cup first round group consisting of three teams, Charlton had the weekend off from competitive action (the one game in their group finished Lewes 1 Portsmouth 0).
Weston and his side took the chance to work on a few things in a warm-up match against the reserve team of FA Women’s Super League 2 participants London Bees (formerly Barnet).
That also gave him the chance to have a look at a few fringe players including striker Olivia Cole, who scored; new signing Ruby Southgate, who got an assist; and midfielder Francesca Tye.
They all impressed and will be in the squad that travels to the West Country after playing their part in an 11-0 demolition.
“Obviously we were all disappointed as a team and as a coaching staff with our performance against Gillingham,” Stuart added, “so it was nice to put that right in training during the week.
“In the meetings we had with each other we identified a few things, we worked on them in training and going out in the [London Bees] game, to see those things that weren’t right click all of a sudden was a great feeling.
“When we play well and play with a high tempo and high work rate teams will struggle against us, it’s just that we were struggling to find that form.
“I hope last week gives the girls confidence, it’s clearly given the strikers confidence. As a team they should have the confidence to take that out onto the pitch every week now because they know they can do it.
“When they came off last weekend they were saying ‘oh, my legs feel like they’re going to fall off’ and that is how we should be feeling at the end of every game.
“To know we’ve left nothing out there, that we’re not bringing anything back into the changing rooms, that we’ve left it all out on the pitch.”