Following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham in the last League Cup group game, manager Vicky Ashton-Jones and coach Amy Merricks spoke of their thoughts on the game and how well the girls are progressing as a team.
Amy was extremely positive despite defeat saying the following; “We definitely deserved the win today, we dominated the majority of the game. It is so disappointing to come away with a loss from conceding in the 86th minute because we switched off. You could tell that the girls were very unsettled in the first 15 mins, where they were adjusting to the pace of the game compared to last week. But we managed to settle, setting the pace of the game and started to look very confident on the ball with some sharper play. The girls worked hard on not letting West Ham settle with the ball, which was good to see after working on in training. We were definitely the better team today.”
Goalkeeper Courtney Shanly played well against West Ham, pulling off a string of saves to deny West Ham more than the solitary goal, Vicky was full of praise for the shot-stopper; “Courtney had a solid game this week, to be honest she pulls off some great saves in every game I’ve seen her play in. She listens to what we want her to do and she implements it well. She’s continue to improve so that’s only a good thing for us!”
Amy continued to applaud the Reserve teams developing progression week on week; “Every week is full of positive progressions as a team at the moment, I’m excited to see what the girls produce this time round against Charlton. Kayleigh Galvin made a strong impression today and really unsettled the West Ham defense. We’ll definitely be looking for other players to also be more direct, to take our chances in the attacking third. The girls proved today that they can play impressive football against quicker and stronger teams so I’m confident we will come away with a good result”
Vicky followed up on Amy’s point on next weeks fixture against top of the league Charlton; “The recent game against Charlton will give us a good idea what to expect from them. So it gives us an opportunity to prepare for the game how we need to. With that in mind we will be focusing on what we need to do to win the game. I’ve got full confidence in the girls, that if they go out and play the way we know they can they’ll get the win they deserve. Gillingham against Charlton is always a big game and I expect both teams to give it everything to win.”
Gillingham Ladies Reserves squad travel to Charlton away next Sunday, with our next home fixture Portsmouth in the League on the 15th December.