Confidence high for Addicks ahead of Oxford date

News Shopper: Jenny Newman in action against the Hornets. Picture by James Prickett. Jenny Newman in action against the Hornets. Picture by James Prickett.

CHARLTON’S women’s team head into Sunday’s third round FA Cup meeting with Oxford on a high after scoring a dramatic 119th minute winner against Watford.

The Hornets clash in the Premier League Cup looked to be heading towards a penalty shootout until striker Gemma Shepherd curled in a peach of a shot into the top corner from 40 yards.

Charlton’s reward for their first victory in 2013 is a quarter-final date with last year’s runners-up Leeds United.

This Sunday’s date with Oxford at Thamesmead Town’s Bayliss Avenue ground is free to U16s with accompanying adults and Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.

Manager Bill Long hopes a vocal crowd can give them further encouragement.

He said: “A big crowd will give the girls a big boost.

“If you run out on the pitch and there’s 150 to 250 people screaming for Charlton it gives you a massive lift.

“I think the girls will appreciate it and it will be great if we can get the community and the supporters involved.”

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