27 November 2023
Today the Women’s team faced Montpelier Villa AFC Women in the London and Southeast Women’s Football League Division One South.
After netting twice in the six goal thriller, we caught up with captain Charlotte Lee, who was chosen as Player of the Match by the opposition.
When asked her initial reaction to the game Charlotte said: “Today we worked really hard and started strong, scoring in the opening 10 minutes. We’ve had a tough couple of weeks for us as a team and we knew that we had to come out and play today because the manager isn’t happy and we as a team aren’t happy with the results recently. Of course no one likes losing, we don’t like draws and some of the girls who started today haven’t been playing in the last couple of games so they were fighting for their shirt today and showing why they should be in the team and they’ve done that today.”
As captain of the team Charlotte quickly expressed how happy she was to see the team bounce back from a few difficult weeks and disappointing results.
“Some of the disappointing results were down to our own performance and we didn’t put in the hard work that was needed or score the goals so today we made sure we worked hard and scored the gaols, which obviously makes the difference, and our work rate was a lot better today and that showed out on the pitch.”
The weather on Sunday made for difficult playing conditions for a large portion of the game as the mist descended on Hayes Lane. Charlotte explained what it was like to play with challenging visibility on the pitch.
“Once the fog had come in, we had already established a good momentum and already had a couple of goals, so we were in a good place before it started to get tricky. We had already started off really strongly in the first 45 minutes. Normally we’re quite a slow team to start, we normally take 20 minutes or so to get into the game but today we were on it right from the first whistle and getting the first goal inside 10 minutes set us up really well and got us going right from the off. We all said at half time that we needed to come back out the same way in the second half and get another goal and maintain the same level of pressure and tempo as we had in the first half.”
The whole game, especially the first half, was a fast-paced, high tempo affair and the team have clearly been working on maintaining pressure and fitness in training as charlotte explained: “Yes, we always work on that, and we always have the right mindset to go out and work hard for the full 90 minutes but for some reason over the last few weeks we haven’t been able to put the ball in the back of the net, but today the goal coming in ten minutes and us working hard and I think that kickstarted us and got us going, which we then used to carry us through the rest of the game.”
The Women’s team are back in action this Sunday as they host Sutton United Women in their rearranged League Cup fixture here at Hayes Lane, kick-off at 3PM. Tickets are available in the Jim Brown Club shop, or you can pay on the door.