This rearranged midweek fixture sees Millwall Lionesses make the short trip to South London to face Riteesh Mishra’s Charlton Athletic Women FC.
The previous meetings between the two so far this season have seen the Addicks the more successful out of the sides, with a 4-2 win in the Continental Tyres League Cup at the start of the campaign being followed by the 8-0 home defeat at Princes Park in the Women’s Championship. Since those fixtures, there has been a noticeable improvement and growth in the Lionesses team and the Dartford side come into this fixture on the back of two wins in their last three games in all competitions. The home team come into this game on the back of two defeats in their last two games and will be looking to correct this against their local rivals.
For this fixture, the venue has changed from The Oakwood at Bexleyheath to the home of the Charlton Athletic, The Valley for what promises to be an exciting and pulsating affair.
A calm, composed and battling defender who never shies from a challenge, Chantelle Mackie has quickly established herself as a vital and important part of Chris Phillips’ squad and is a key member of the side who has contributed to the recent resurgence at Princes Park.
She may have struggled with injuries during the campaign, but the full-back has been an inspiration to those in the stands as she has worked hard to regain her fitness, as well as her place in the side, and she has been a crucial part of the squads who recorded the FA Cup and Championship victories against Lewes FC Women and London Bees respectively.
A player who goes from strength to strength under the guidance and tutelage of Chris Phillips and the coaching staff, Mackie’s experience vastly exceeds her 23 years of age and she is a well deserved fan favourite amongst the Lionesses supporters for the effort and enthusiasm she puts into every fixture.
Charlton have had many guises over the years and originally started out in 1991 as a breakaway team from the Millwall Lionesses' WFA Cup winning side. Playing under the name of Bromley Borough, the side rose through the leagues, winning all sixteen matches in the South East Counties League Division One and reaching the semi final of the Women's FA Cup in 1992. In 1993–94 Bromley Borough won the National League Division One South by ten points, securing promotion to the top flight of English women's football.
After a successful few years and under the changed name of Croydon from 1994, the club voted to accept a takeover from Charlton Athletic and reached consecutive FA Cup finals in 2003 & 2004, but the Addicks were beaten in both games by Arsenal. The 2003-04 season did have a successful moment when Charlton defeated Fulham in the League Cup final and the following season was one of great achievement as the South London side won both the FA Cup and Charity Shield after defeating Everton and Arsenal respectively.
It was in 2007 when Charlton Athletic as a club was plunged into controversy after the entire women's setup was dissolved after the men's team were relegated from the Premier League. The decision was due to financial issues, but the move to disband the women's side due to the failure of the relegated men's team was met with outrage from all those associated with the women's team. The club were reintroduced and resurrected by the Charlton Community Trust, but their stability would take time to re-establish due to a mass exodus of the previous side.
The Addicks became members of the Women's Championship after being promoted from the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division as champions in the 2017-18 season. Although seeing this season as one of stabilising and adapting in the women's second tier, Charlton have excelled and find themselves in fourth place due to nine wins, two draws and three defeats from their fourteen games so far.
Team: Charlton Athletic FC Women
Competition: Women's Championship
Venue: The Valley
Date: Wednesday 13th March