It takes confidence with a dash of courage to step up and take a penalty in any game of football. To step up on a decidedly dodgy surface in a FA Cup tie requires even more determination. Gills leading goal scorer Charlotte Gurr secured her side a place in the FA Cup Fourth Round with a cooly taken spot-kick.
We caught up with the Gills Ladies striker after the game.
“The penalty area was very dodgy and I didn’t want to slip over as I took it” said Charlotte. “I just focused on getting a good contact on the ball and getting it low and in the corner and fortunately it went clean and into the corner.”
As with every Gills result, it’s down to team work and Charlotte was quick to praise the team spirit that helped produce a mature and accomplished performance.
“I thought the game went really well and the performance from the whole team was fantastic given how difficult the surface was to play on and how few games we have played since Christmas.”
“We didn’t let the state of the pitch change our style of play. I thought we dominated possession during the game and they tended to play off the mistakes we made trying to play good football.”
Whilst the magic of the FA Cup speaks for itself, there was added onus on the Third Round tie as it provided the Gills with the opportunity to test themselves against opposition in the equivalent league up North.
Charlotte said, “It’s good to see how the other league compares however it is difficult to say having only played one northern side. They were a strong, physical and direct team whereas we pass the ball around the pitch and work on keeping possession and building play. I think on a better pitch we could have won the game more comfortably than we did.”
The preparation Charlotte and her team mates enjoyed in the build up to the game was greatly appreciated.
“The manager and his team are superb at preparing the squad for every match and when you are playing so far away it’s vital to be able to have time together to relax as a team and build the spirit and unity that we show on the pitch every time we go out to play.”
“We know it’s expensive to do this and we appreciate so much the generosity of the club and sponsors who have allowed this to happen.
It was an extra special goal for Charlotte, as her young Nephew enjoyed being a Gillingham Ladies mascot for the day and seeing his Aunty score the winning goal.
“It was special” beamed Charlotte, “He lives in Nottingham and I don’t get to see him much so it was really nice for him to be there.”