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Charlton Athletic travel to play Nottingham Forest in the Fifth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup this Sunday and for one member of the Addicks squad, it will be a special occasion.
Katie Holtham will be playing against her home town club and the midfielder told Women's Soccer Scene that she is really looking forward to the match. "I live in Nottingham so I can't wait for this one," says Katie. "It will be nice to have a local game.
"A lot of the Forest players are friends of mine and I know the set up well. They have some good young players coming through and it should be a good game - they have always been a good team and I think they will be for the future."
The match has been delayed for a week because of England's trip to China to play in the Four Nations Tournament and Katie admits that the recent lack of matches has been frustrating. "Our last game was against West Ham in the last round of the cup and I was lucky enough to score two that day," she says. "It has been a long break and that can go against us but we have been training hard in the meantime and our fitness levels have not dropped. But I'm looking forward to playing again!"
Katie joined Charlton during the summer from Bristol Academy and she says that the move has been beneficial to her. "Things have been going well," she smiles. "The strength of management at Charlton is why I joined. It is important to be improving as a player and our manager Keith Boanas is helping me with that a lot.
"I've loved every minute so far at Charlton. We had a few bad injuries at the start of the season and that did not help but we have been playing well recently and it is important that we are striving at the top of the league."
If Charlton can get past the challenge Forest on Sunday, they face a potential quarter final against Everton - a repeat of the Final two years ago. "There are no presumptions," admits Katie. "Nottingham Forest is the first hurdle we must overcome but hopefully we can achieve that and Everton should be next."
With Arsenal opening up a gap at the top of the league, Charlton's best opportunity of a trophy might well be in the Cup but Katie is not ruling them out of the title race just yet. "It's been said that the Cup is our best chance but we have still got to play Arsenal twice in the league," she insists. "There is a lot of football to be played and our goal is to achieve and challenge in both league and cup."
Katie has captained England at under-19 level and is a regular in the under-21 squad in recent seasons. She has been called up to the senior squad but has not yet won her first full cap. "One of the reasons for joining Charlton was to improve my chances of playing for England," she says. "I have been involved with the senior squad and watching them play in China has increased my ambition. I have got to keep playing well for Charlton and hopefully I can get myself in contention for China."
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