Hopefully we can make our ground a bit of a fortress, says Charlton Athletic striker Sam Pittuck

Wednesday 03rd September 2014
CHARLTON ATHLETIC’S women’s team hope to take momentum from their first two games of the season into their home clash against Queens Park Rangers tonight.

The Addicks have netted 17 goals in those two matches, including a record 12-1 league win over Keynsham Town a week ago, but are wary of what promises to be a tough encounter at Bayliss Avenue.

Goalkeeper Megen Lynch was pleased with what was a challenging run out last weekend against Swindon Town in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.

Although Charlton recorded a seemingly comfortable 5-2 win in the end, they had to come from two goals down against up-for-it opponents. 

Lynch told www.cafcwomen.co.uk: “I think what shocked us was that (Swindon) did actually come out and press us so high and so quickly and be so aggressive and we weren’t ready for it. 

“I don’t think we played too badly, we just never put our chances away - in the first half we created about 10 chances and we put one away.

“It was a shock to say Swindon were better than Keynsham, who are in our league, which is a complement to them and their coaching staff.

“That was the toughest test we have had all pre-season and first two games. I hope we can take the momentum from this game into Wednesday’s game.”

Charlton will hope to cement their place as the early pacesetters in The FA Women’s Premier League South with another win over newly promoted Queens Park Rangers.

The two sides met last season in the Capital Cup Final, with the Addicks coming out on top – again fighting back a half-time deficit.

Lynch, then, knows what to expect from the Hoops, who have a number of experienced faces amongst their ranks.

“We played QPR last year and just beat them 2-1,” the stopper, who turns 23 on the day of the game, added, “so if they have made any additions it will be a very good feisty game, which will entertain everyone.

“There’s something about midweek games that everyone loves, no matter who you are. I think the girls would rather play games than train so to have three games in a week or so is good.

“I expect QPR to come straight at us. They always have a feistiness about them, they’re always aggressive and press high so to have Swindon do that to us on Sunday was good because it gets us a little but more prepared for Wednesday.”

Striker Sam Pittuck, meanwhile, has urged her team mates to go unbeaten in south-east London this season.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to be unbeaten at Thamesmead, unlike last year, which was a bit of a dodgy season,” she said.

“Hopefully we can make our ground a bit of a fortress.  Our home form needs to be good because that will carry through if we start well.”

This season promises to be an historic won the FA Women’s Premier League teams, with promotion to The FA Women’s Super League possible for the very first time.

“Promotion is something that we can just dream about at the moment,” said Pittuck.

“I don’t think we need to look at that, I think we need to look at every game, playing 120 per cent for us, for each other, ultimately winning that game and getting three points.

“Then, come the end of the season, if we’re up there and can fight for a place in the Super League then that’s what we’ll do but there’s no point looking at it now and I don’t think anyone in this team should be looking at that now.”

Charlton fans are welcome to come along and cheer on the girls tonight, with admission priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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Charlton Athletic  v Queens Park Rangers
The FA Women’s Premier League South Division
Wednesday 3 September 2014
Kick Off 7:45pm
At Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London SE28 8NJ