For their first home game as Charlton Invicta, and sporting their new home strip in Charlton Athletic colours for the first time, the south-east London/Kent side faced a Titans 2Brewers team looking to bounce back after the previous week’s defeat away to London Romans.
In blustery conditions, the score was 3-0 to Charlton Invicta at half time and 4-0 when the final whistle blew. After the match, the team managers gave their reflections.
Gary Ginnaw, Charlton Invicta: “Obviously it was quite an exciting day for us – the first home game and first time in the new red kit as well.
“It was a good win and a good performance. In the first half, I thought we had a little more going forward, especially on the break. We looked very dangerous. Fair play to Titans – they had chances and really made us stay organised at the back. Some of the balls they played into the box were problematic, but we managed to deal with it. We are still adapting to a new system.
“In the second half, they came out and battled, especially in the first 15/20 minutes. The score stayed at 3-0. We had some chances on the break, but couldn’t grab that fourth goal to really kill the game off. We hit the bar and post a few times. We made a few changes and, again, they were putting a few balls in and they caused us some problems down the channels, but we managed to deal with them.
“And then we got the fourth goal towards the end, which just rubber-stamped the win. It’s a clean sheet, a win and four points from the first two games, which we have to be happy with and we’ve got some games in hand. It’s definitely good to get the first win of the season under our belt.”
Alan Grimsley, Titans 2Brewers manager: “First of all, I’d like to say that it’s great that Charlton have got a connection going on with the professional football club. It does a lot to raise the profile of LGBT-friendly football across the capital and the guys can be proud of the work they’ve done.
“I think in terms of our performance today, the score line was a bit harsh on us. Letting in the three goals early in the first half really spelled the end for us. It was always going to be a battle to get into it after that, but I think for parts of the second half, we were the stronger team. I thought we were unlucky not to score. We just couldn’t take our chances, but Charlton have got some pace up front, which really counted on the day.
“But we bounce back and the test of us, as a team, will be how we bounce back after this defeat today. I believe the lads will bounce back and turn this around. There are a lot of positives to take away from today and there are a lot of things to build on. There’s a lot of work for us to do.
“On to the next game, which is the Titans derby. So, if there is a time to bounce back, it’s that game. We’re friends and it’s a friendly rivalry, but no team wants to lose.”