Women's team in confident mood for Villa visit
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:18PM UTC, Thursday, 08 September 2011
Paul Mortimer has urged his fringe players to copy Jenny Newman and grab their chances when they are given them, as his side prepare to host Aston Villa on Sunday.
Having made her first appearance of the season as substitute for Ellie Stenning against Reading last week, Newman grabbed two goals to fire the Charlton Women’s team to a 5-3 away victory.
With Stenning sidelined for a while Newman is likely to start against the Villains and Technical Director praised the 21-year-old’s performance.
“Jenny is a good finisher,” he said, “and to have that kind of expertise on the bench is great. She has come on, proved her point and given me a decision to make this week, which is what you want.
“I said to the subs, ‘come on the pitch and make my life difficult that is your job’ and she did that superbly well last week and I am pleased for her.
“Too often last season we didn’t have strength in depth and that was a problem. This season we have that and the players on the pitch know they have to put in performances because there are others desperate to get in the side.”
After getting back to winning ways last weekend with a comprehensive win over the Royals, Mortimer hopes his side will be full of confidence when they face Villa – although he insisted they still have work to do in front of goal.
“I hope the girls go into next week with the confidence thay should undoubtedly have,” he added.
“They have done well so far, they have started the season really well. We have played really well in all three games but haven’t really had the breaks some times.
“We should have won by a street and even the Reading people should admit that. People should have been saying, ‘Charlton have beaten Reading by whatever’.
“The result was great but, without a doubt, conservatively it should have been nine but I will take 5-3 all day long.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Aston Villa Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 11 September
Kick off: 1400
Aston Villa (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 1st
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 5-4 to Portsmouth)
FA Women’s Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 2-0 to Sporting Club Albion)
24 November 2002, League Cup: Away, Lost 0-1.
26 October 2003, League: Away, Won 5-2: Amanda Barr (2), Alexa Hunn (2), Carmaine Walker.
30 November 2003, League: Home, Won 8-2: Amanda Barr (3), Ann-Marie Heatherson (3), Casey Stoney, Jo Broadhurst.