The Gills started the game well, controlling play with a stylish passing game which directed the ball all around the pitch. The Ladies capitalized on their good spell when Emma Michelmore broke from midfield to slide the ball pass the Hammers goalkeeper to put the Kent club 1-0 up.
West Ham responded almost immediately to the set back, equalizing within a minute of the restart.
Half time: 1-1
West Ham came put the Gills under great pressure after the break and took the lead for the first time in the afternoon. But Gills produced their own come back moments later as Megan Carroll tucked the equalizer away.
West Ham then took the lead again but a great rally from the Gillingham Ladies players culminated in an equalizer with Carroll getting on the score sheet again.
An entertaining exchange, both sides fought until the end, producing several chances to take try and grab three points but but on reflection a draw was a fair result.
Reserve Team Manager Bill Long was satisfied with the solid start his team made against good opposition; ” I feel the players gave everything they had in this game and got their just rewards with a draw, they didn’t deserve to lose. For a young side we battled well and played good football at times.”
“The players will learn with every game they play in and this will help their confidence and also make them aware of what is needed in senior football.”
“Overall as manager, I was very happy with the opening performance of the season and hope we go from strength to strength.”
Next Sunday Gillingham Ladies Reserves play in the League Cup and take on local rivals Charlton Athletic.