BOWERS & Pitsea Ladies are set for the biggest game of their inaugural season as they prepare to go head-to-head with Charlton Athletic Women.

Having undergone a name change from Little Thurrock Dynamos in the summer, Bowers have enjoyed a fine start to the campaign and are flying high in Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division One.

But Bowers will be put to the test as they welcome FA Women’s Championship side Charlton to the Len Salmon Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Isthmian League Cup tomorrow night.

And Bowers boss Darren Fraser is aware that Bowers are in for a tough encounter.

Fraser said: “We are under no illusions that we are the underdogs.

“We have been told that Charlton will be bringing the majority of their development squad and then some first team players who need to get some minutes after coming back from injury.

“But, in all honesty, it doesn’t matter who they bring because we know it is going to be very tough for us no matter who they put out on the pitch.

“Charlton are flying high in their league and, without a doubt, they will be the favourites to progress to the semi-finals.”

However, Bowers are among the three leading sides remaining in the competition - along with Charlton and Leyton Orient Women.

And Fraser is aware that if they can cause an upset, then Bowers will be one of the favourites to win the Isthmian League Cup despite this being the club’s first season in the tournament.

“The Isthmian League Cup is unchartered waters for us and winning against Charlton would put us into the semi-finals,” added Fraser.

“The biggest teams remaining in the competition are Charlton, Leyton Orient and us.

“If we can get through and Leyton Orient lose their game, then we will be the favourites to win the whole thing and that would be a massive achievement for us as a club.”

And Fraser, who was also in charge when the club was known as Little Thurrock Dynamos, admitted facing Charlton in the Isthmian League Cup will be the biggest match of his coaching career.

The Bowers chief confirmed: “I’ve been trying to compare it to other games I have managed and I can’t because this will probably be the biggest I have been in charge for.

“It’s like a Champions League game for me.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can cause an upset.”