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Charlton Athletic prepared for the coming league campaign with a 1-0 friendly victory against Reading on Sunday.
The win against Reading confirmed that the Addicks are ready for the start of the 2007-08 season, which will be against current league leaders Bristol Academy on 7th October.
England Under-23 international Kimberley Dixson captained the side against the Royals and led by example when she threaded a pass through to enable Bethany Hulme to score the decisive goal. It may have only been a friendly against a lower league side, but the victory refuted those who doubted the club would not start the season.
Coach Paul Mortimer said: "I was proud and thrilled with the result and the effort and passion shown by all the players. With a mixture of last year's players, academy players and some trialists, the overall effort and commitment was superb.
"There is still a long way to go, with more fitness to work on, but myself and all the players have got a huge lift from the game and the result, and it is testament to all the hard work and effort that has taken place on and off the pitch over the last month to resurrect the women's first team."
The previous day, Kimberley was at The Valley as the Charlton Community Trust, which now runs the women's set-up, were presented with a cheque for £20,000 from Centre Circle Management, which is committed to supporting the women's first team for the next two years.
Trust community director Jason Morgan said: "We have had a good weekend. The cheque presentation highlighted the commitment to the women's programme, and then the game and result on Sunday was a huge boost to everybody.
"We are pleased with the progress of the centre of excellence, academy and now the women's first team have made, and it is more pleasing to announce that we are back and have the structure and finances to take the women's and girls' programme forward this season.
"It also sends out a positive message to those people who voiced their disappointment when the women's set-up folded in the summer, and to those people who questioned whether Charlton could resurrect its female activities."
Charlton are among six Premier League sides yet to have kicked off their seasons due to the World Cup, and the Addicks have now officially withdrawn from this term's Premier League Cup. The club was due to face Sunderland away on Sunday. They have also had to withdraw their reserve side.
Anyone who wishes to find out more information about the women's set-up, or have trials for the women's team, should call (020 8850 2866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8pm-10pm at Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, London SE9 2JR.
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