Gillingham Manager James Marrs billed Sunday’s fixture against West Ham as his side’s biggest game of the season so far. Following a break from league action to participate in the Kent Women’s and Ryman League Cup, Marrs’ team turned their attention back to keeping their place top of the league with a visit to West Ham Ladies .
“I’m really, really pleased with us today,” Marrs said “The first half again was not exactly what we wanted but the girls tried to play a little higher up and tried to play the ball down in the areas we wanted and that’s all you can ask of them.”
“We’ve had a few targets set for them today and we’ve got a few of those and we’re lucky enough to pick up three points with three good goals, so I’m really chuffed.”
Gills Ladies welcomed The Hammers to Chatham earlier on in the season, with the Gills disappointed with a 1-1 draw. Manager Marrs admitted his team hadn’t done themselves justice against West Ham before and asked to put his finger of the difference between the two matches, he told us: “A better pitch! We knew we had to put in a good performance and we knew we had to win today.”
“The performances we’ve had recently have not really been up to scratch and we’ve spoken about that. The girls wanted to go out there and do better as we didn’t feel we did ourselves justice last time against West Ham, so we wanted to change that. I know I said it was a must win game but really we didn’t care about the result, we wanted a good performance.”
Marrs’ side showed great grit and determination to dominate the 90 minutes and they’re 3-0 victory credited a brilliant team performance. When asked what the pre-match talk consisted of, Marrs revealed: “I tell the girls not to panic. I don’t mind if they make mistakes and errors. If they make errors and the other team score, then they make errors and the other team scores.”
“But the only way they’re going to get better is if they learn from that and we want them to learn. They appreciate what we’re trying to do and execute what we want them to do on the pitch and they see the benefits of that.”
With another three points in the bag, the Gills finally return home to Chatham Town FC next weekend as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion. Another huge games for Marrs and his players: “They’re all big games; anyone can beat anyone in our league on their day.”
“We know we’ve got to be on the ball next week and we’ve got to perform to the same standard as we did today – if not better – if we want to pick up the three points.”
And with all the great work going on and off the pitch at Gillingham Ladies, Marrs was keen to ask local football fans in the area to come and support the girls by coming down to Chatham FC next Sunday, for such a crucial league battle: “Like I’ve always said, if you want to see a side that tries to play in the right way in my opinion, by getting the ball down and trying to pass it and attempting to create goals rather than rely on slip ups from the other team then come and watch us.”
“We like to create our goals – we like to play the right way. I think people will be pleasantly surprised to see a team that wants to get the ball down and play and looks to do things the right way. ”
Fans can come and cheer the girls on in the league on Sunday 1st December against Brighton. Kick off at 2pm.