With Gillingham Ladies facing Charlton Ladies for a second time in 5 days, Manager James Marrs was quick to underline that even after Sunday’s league win over Charlton, the Kent Cup final will not be as clear cut as it seems when they face Charlton Ladies Reserves at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone.
When we spoke to Marrs following Sunday’s game about the upcoming Kent Cup final, he had the following to say;
“It’s a one off game the finals, we know that some of their first team will be playing in that game and today’s defeat will of hurt them, they will want to do something about that. It will be just as a difficult game as today was, and we are really really looking forward to it.”
With Gillingham facing Charlton for a third year running, Assistant manager Jack Wheeler is looking forward to the big occasion;
“It’s always nice to get through to finals, its all the hard work in training and through the games on a sunday that they gain the bonuses of playing in finals in front of a big crowd and on a big occasion. Its how we have been approaching the cups really, a bit of a bonus and that not only goes for the Kent Cup one but the FA Cup too. They’ve been looking forward to it since we got through the semi finals, its a very important game to make sure we stay the number one team in kent. It important to stay the number one women’s team in Kent as it goes a long way for us and the press team as well.”
With the game falling amongst the busiest and most exciting period the club faces, Marrs is hopeful ahead of the game;
“It is an exciting time for us, but it our job to make sure the girls have their feet firmly on the ground, we are focusing on working really really hard and putting across what we do in training into the game. Although its a very exciting time, its is very much the business end of the season we need to make sure our performances are up there and fingers crossed the points and wins come with that. The next two weeks are huge for us we have Kent Cup, Arsenal, followed by Cardiff in the league. So the next two weeks will be season defining for us, and working hard is all we can ask the girls to do.”