Gillingham Ladies manager James Marrs couldn’t hide his frustration after he saw his side forfeit a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 away at Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon.
The Gills had taken a comfortable lead after Lisa Fulgence and Charlotte Gurr pulled the Kent side ahead. However, a contenious penalty give Portsmouth a lifeline and the home side pulled off a brilliant comeback to further extend their winning run.
“To be 2-0 up an to lose the game is always going to be disappointing” James said after the game. “It shouldn’t be happening. There wasn’t enough desire and quality in today’s performance an that ultimately cost us.”
“We can improve on every area of the pitch and will continue to do so right until the very last game. There is always points that you can come away with an work on an that’s the beauty of losing.”
The Gills will be looking to demonstrate their resiliance and team spirit against Herne Bay in the Ryman League semi final on Wednesday evening, the Gills first home game in four months.
“We are looking forward to finally having a home game. We must have travelled over 500 miles over the last three weeks in away games and it’s nearly four months since we played a home game. It will be nice to not have to travel this week.”
Meanwhile, some contentious called sparked controversy during the important league game but James wouldn’t be drawn into commenting on the match officials; “I’m not going to comment on the officials. I’ve said enough about them and there performance.”
Instead, James and his management team focus on preparing their side for a strong comeback from two disappointing away trips in as many weeks.
“We have got Herne Bay on Wednesday night, so we will be in to prepare for the players and then we have Preston on Sunday, so all preparations for this week will go towards those two games.”
“It will be huge for us to have a good following over the next two games. It would be nice for the girls to see the support they have got as well as the nice messages on the social media sites.”
Come and cheer the girls on this week with two important cup games at home in the space of five days.
Wednesday 13th March versus Herne Bay (Ryman League Cup) KO 7:45pm
Sunday 17th March versus Preston North End (FA Cup) KO 2PM