Following a successful game against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend, Gillingham Ladies’ focus now turns towards this weekend’s Kent Women’s Cup semi-final against Ebbsfleet.
Still in every competition they entered at the start of the season, the Gills will face a testing fixture list to go alongside their efforts to secure the league.
“It sometimes works as a boost and it sometimes works a burden” Manager James Marrs admitted “But at the end of the day it is about taking each game at a time and we want to win every game we play, we want to be in every competition.”
“We want to win every week and the girls have managed to accomplish that most weeks this season and they like the winning feeling so we want to keep that going in our competitions.”
Assistant Manager Jack Wheeler, underlined that the Gills will prepare for the semi final with the same professional outlook as every game, despite facing lower league opposition.
“Our preparation doesn’t change from game to game. We sit down, look at the week ahead, organise our training sessions and decide what will have most effect for the match day.”
“We don’t prepare any differently whether we’re playing a Women’s Super League side, a League team, Combinations or Dog and Duck. We always make sure we’re 100% prepared.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, James made clear his side are determined to seal a place in the final and face local rivals Charlton Athletic for a third year in a row.
“It’s huge. We want to retain the trophy and obviously we have to win the game, we’ll approach the game how we need to approach the game, regardless of what league they’re in, it’s a local derby and teams always rise up against higher opposition, as it’s seen as a scalp.
“They’ll be 100% raring to go so we need to make sure we’re prepared for that. I’m confident if we approach it in the right way and training well throughout the week, fingers crossed there’s a place for us in the final.”
“The final will be at Maidstone so we are desperate to get on that pitch! The girls love a 3G or a 4G pitch so we want to play in a stadium of that stature as it would be a really fantastic occasion.”