Exclusive: Otesha Charles on the expunged season

“I am looking to be in the best possible form for the coming season” – Otesha Charles (Leyton Orient & Guyana)

On March 26, the FA announced the Women’s National League Division 1 South East season will be brought to an immediate end. This applied to all clubs between tiers 3-7 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. For Leyton Orient — who were sitting in fifth — their promising end to the season was called off.

Otesha Charles — who scored 16 goals and four assists in 17 appearances — opens up about her thoughts on the expunged season. She also explains that her recent form was a good opportunity to get back into the game.

“I was out of the game for about two years prior to this season, so it really gave me a good opportunity to get back into the game. I felt like I was improving every week. However, I know that I have a lot more to give, so I wouldn’t say it’s my best, I could have done better”.

Despite sitting in fifth, Orient had a points-per-game ratio that ranked them the fourth-best team in the division. Furthermore, six out of their last nine fixtures were against sides in the top six. Their end of season could have been a late challenge for promotion with Charles in the form she was in.

“We were definitely looking to challenge teams to move up, it’s a shame that we are unable to do so”.

Looking to the future

Due to the season’s early conclusion, we must wait until life gets back to normal and the next WNL season commences. With that late surge and the team that Leyton Orient is, you have to wonder what the club’s and Charles’ ambitions are for next year.

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“I won’t say too much now, all I will say is I’m working on my game daily. After this lockdown, I’m looking to be in the best possible form for the next season. Who knows what will happen!”

Keeping team spirit alive

Whilst the world deals with the pandemic, we watch on social media how footballers are keeping fit. They’ve also been staying in contact with their teammates to not lose any chemistry within the squad. 

Speaking to Charles, she told Her Football Hub how she and the other Leyton Orient women are coping with staying indoors.

“We are in contact — every Wednesday there is a group call where we all catch up. I’d like to think everyone is keeping fit but space is limited. I know some parks are closed so not everyone has the luxury to train.

“We just miss the game. Out of the 24 games we have won 17 so everyone was really looking forward to the fight for promotion. I guess everything happens for a reason, it is really important that everyone is staying safe”.

Whenever the season starts again, it’s certain that there is more to come from Otesha Charles and Leyton Orient.

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