Gillingham Ladies extended their winning run to four games after a convincing 4-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur.
Goals from Nikitta Whinnett, Emma Tune (2) and Charlotte Gurr sealed a brilliant win away from home, and we spoke to manager James Marrs following the game to gather his thoughts of the girl’s performance.
“It is very pleasing to get the win” said Marrs, “Tottenham defended very well for large parts of the game and we had to be very patient. We stuck to our game plan and thankfully it ended up paying dividends.”
Marrs paid tribute to his team’s defensive solidarity as the team collected another clean sheet.
“The back five have been fantastic all season. If you don’t concede you don’t lose. They take great pride in not conceding goals just as much as the forwards take much pride scoring them.”
Marrs added “I was really impressed with the team’s willingness to be patient and work our way through the thirds to break Spurs down. Its easy to get frustrated when teams defend well and we spoke at half time about that. It was imperative that we didn’t do that and remain focused on our jobs. We managed to do that and the girls could see the rewards for their patience.”
The Gills have collected a few wins on the bounce and with some very important matches coming up over the next few weeks, Marrs was asked whether that momentum and getting into the habit of winning would boost the girl’s confidence.
“Winning becomes a habit and always boosts confidence. We always lay the foundation that you don’t get anything for free. The main focus is to work hard individually and as a team and see where that takes us. We have managed to do that for 99% of our games this season so it’s important we continue to do so.”
Next week Gillingham Ladies welcome Charlton Athletic to Chatham Town FC for what is set to be another huge league game as well as a local derby. Gillingham’s local rivals are enjoying a good run of form too, and Marrs revealed he is well aware of the threat Charlton will pose next Sunday.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to watch Charlton’s game against Spurs midweek so I have some notes from that and we will look at it. They have some really good players at there disposal and their front two are up there with the best in the league.”
“It will be a very tough task for us to get anything out the game but we’re willing to work as hard as we can. Despite the league position they are the favourites to win the game and we will be have to be switched on and ready to compete.”
Fans are invited to come down to Chatham Town FC next Sunday, with a 2pm kick off scheduled. The derby games often serve as a showcase for women’s football. Marrs simply added:
“It’s the Charlton game – everybody loves the Charlton game.”
We’ll see Gills Ladies fans next Sunday for the big, big game.