Longhurst looks ahead to Watford trip


Ahead of an action-packed schedule this March, co-captain Kate Longhurst emphasised the importance of sticking together as a team as the end of the campaign draws closer.

Karen Hills’ side will hope to extend their unbeaten league run to 13 matches on Sunday when they travel to Grosvenor Hall to take on Watford in the Barclays Women’s Championship.

The Addicks currently sit fourth in the league standings, just one point behind table toppers Sunderland having played a game fewer.

“Every single game we're trying to get three points and we know that we need to as the other teams aren’t really dropping points around us, so every single game we need to go with the mindset of getting those points," she explained.

This weekend's hosts are a point adrift of safety, but do boast a game in hand on 10th-placed London City Lionesses.

“In the past with only one team going down, everyone else felt safe but actually these two spaces have opened up the bottom half of the league as well meaning everyone is fighting," said Longhurst. "I also think there should be two promotions when you look at the quality in the Championship but that’s something that might come in the future."

The experienced midfielder joined the Hills' ranks last summer and was named alongside Kiera Skeels as a co-captain ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Longhurst highlighted the importance of driving standards in order to keep the squad together to achieve success: “For me it’s trying to keep the team together, keep the standards high and get the players to know what it means to play at the highest level."

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