Gillingham Ladies Reserve team manager Bill Long felt that his team did not perform to their potential as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup.
Bill said: “I felt the players didn’t play as well as they have done over the past few weeks.”
“I think the girls should have coped better with the physicality of the game because they have played in physical games before but on the day they just didn’t cope”
Gillingham Ladies fought their way back into the game having gone a goal behind, when Meg Carroll appeared to defeat the offside trap to finish smartly bringing the game back to 1-1. The referee gave the Gills the goal, overruling the lines person, however within minutes he conferred with the lines person and decided to rule the goal out.
A cruel denial, which Bill felt did impact on the game: “Yes, the goal that got ruled out took the wind out of our sails. We responded well to their goal and scored straight away. But unfortunately the ref made a mistake on our goal and I do feel it changed the course of the game.”
Overall, Bill was clear his team would take some valuable lessons from the tough 90 minutes and come back stronger, “The players have got to bounce back after this defeat and respond on in a positive way.”
“We are a young side and they have to learn from games like this and move on.”
Gillingham Ladies Reserves return to action on the 3rd November as they play Charlton Athletic home in the League.