Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:54PM GMT, Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s reserve team can pick up where they left off in 2012 as they chase a possible treble.
The Addicks kicked off 2013 with a narrow 1-0 win over Gillingham reserves in the Kent Cup, setting up a semi-final tie against Millwall Lionesses reserves this Sunday.
That victory takes them to 10 straight wins, carrying over their impressive form from last year and they are still second in the Premier League South plus have a semi-final of the League Cup to come.
Weston, who has a 100 per cent record as manager, said: “The season has been going really well but I said to the girls before the Gillingham game, ‘as well as we did before the break we need to keep doing it’.
“There’s still a long way to go and for all we done at the beginning of the season, if we stop concentrating and putting the work in it could all be for nothing.
“The girls now have it in their minds, they want to win something this year and at the moment they are in with the chance to win three things. We want to have at least one of them.”
The Lionesses second string are a division below and are currently sitting in mid-table but Weston knows that cup games are liable to spring surprise results.
With the team battling for silverware on so many different fronts, the gaffer hopes his players can take one game at a time, and not have their sights too firmly set on the possible finals prematurely.
“Upsets happen in cups,” he added. “They are going to want to get to the final as much as us and that want and that heart can carry you through games.
“We need to be professional and have that same desire to get to the final but, equally, not let the final cloud us. We still need to concentrate on playing our good football.
“I don’t know how Millwall reserves have been doing but we will just go out and play the football we normally play with our high work-rate, quick tempo which has worked for us so far.”
The Gillingham game was Charlton’s first for two months due to the Christmas and weather so there were bound to be some cobwebs to blow away.
However, Weston felt his side looked like they had never been away and was pleased with their dominant performance.
“If I’m honest, I was worried before the game because the girls had been out for so long. When you come back from a break, say in pre-season, the match sharpness isn’t there,” he said.
“But it proves how well they’ve been training because from the start they were sharp and playing nice football in difficult conditions - the pitch was heavy and the weather was appalling.
“We looked like we had more energy than Gillingham and I thought we dealt with the conditions better than Gillingham.
“Even though the ground was quite sticky we still got the ball down and played football, which Gillingham found hard to cope with for large periods of the game.”
Venue - Sydenham High School Sports Ground, Worsley Bridge Road, Lower Sydenham, BR3 1RP - ko 1.30pm