The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Jack Miller

CAP­TAIN Kim Dix­son in­sists it’s time Charl­ton Ath­letic backed up their cup pedi­gree with a place in the Women’s Su­per League next sea­son. The Ad­dicks, FA Cup win­ners in 2005, had flat­tered to de­ceive over

the past decade or so but ended last term with a unique tre­ble.

Dix­son guided her side to the Women’s Premier League Cup for the first time since 2006, while they also re­tained the Cap­i­tal Lon­don Cup and picked up the Ry­man Cup for the first time. Add in a run to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the FA Cup and you could ar­gue it was a sea­son to re­mem­ber.

Yet a dis­ap­point­ing third­place fin­ish in Women’s Premier League South­ern Di­vi­sion in May saw Charl­ton miss out on the chance to make the step up to WSL 2.

It is a far cry from the heady days of 2006 when they were mix­ing it with the likes of Ar­se­nal. In­deed, that year a 2-1 vic­tory over the Gun­ners at Adams Park was their third suc­ces­sive Premier League Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance dur­ing a glit­ter­ing spell for the south Lon­don­ers.

“Last sea­son we fin­ished third and the sea­son be­fore that fourth, so we’re happy with the im­prove­ment, but we are look­ing to put that right this year,” said Dix­son “We’ve started well and hope­fully we will do that.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is pro­mo­tion but you can’t be look­ing at that five games in. We had a re­ally good sea­son last year and we want to keep that mo­men­tum up and keep on im­prov­ing.”

Jeremy Par­sons’ side have made an un­beaten start to the sea­son and lie fourth head­ing into to­day’s clash against third-place Portsmouth, who lost out in their WSL 2 play-off match against North­ern Di­vi­sion coun­ter­parts Sheffield last sea­son.

Gemma Shep­herd, who scored 29 goals in 29 games last term, has al­ready notched six goals in five games this time round and the Ad­dicks are still wait­ing for Kit Graham, who man­aged an as­ton­ish­ing 54 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions in 201415, to hit top form.

“Kit hasn’t even scored yet but that will def­i­nitely hap­pen soon,” Dix­son said.

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