Following a disappointing loss away to Keysham a week earlier, Gillingham Ladies manager James Marrs was thrilled with the way his team responded with an 8-0 victory against Chesham on Sunday afternoon.
After the game, Marrs remarked; “We got the response we wanted, right from the first stage of preparations all the way through to the end. So that was really pleasing.”
“We managed to finish quite a few of our chances off. I’d say our success rate was around the 60-70% mark so again that was pleasing to have.”
The game saw Gills striker Lisa Fulgence and centre back Deanna Cooper grab hat tricks, further reward from a pleasing team performance. Marrs said:
” They were well taken goals between them and that’s what we have been looking at. Lisa has been in really good form of late and is proving to us in every game that she should have that number 9 shirt. We love to see that and she also has her eye on the golden boot at the football club which helps make it really competitive between the strikers.”
A completely different 90 minutes from the previous Gillingham Ladies has played, when asked what the difference was between the two performances, Marrs replied:
“Intensity from the off and then we managed to sustain that for around 35 minutes of the first half and around 25 minutes of the second half. So that is a lot higher than it has been. When you are sharper than your opponents then you need to have that mentality that you can show it. In previous defeats/games we have been happy to be comfortable.”
With an outstanding goal difference now accomplished, many Gills fans praised the win as being four rather than three for the league title chasing club, something Marrs distanced himself from.
“No, I never look at it like that -don’t get me wrong it can be the difference but we know what we have to do in the next two league games and we will be fully focused on that.”
Attention now turns to Gills second cup final of the season as Haverhill travel to Chatham Town FC on Thursday evening for the Ryman League Cup final.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to watching them play. Jack (assistant manager) is in charge on Thursday night and I’m going to take a back seat. It will be nice to watch the game from a different perspective and keep my eye on a couple of players that I’m looking for a good performance from.”
Marrs added that the encouragement and support for Gills on Thursday night will be crucial and encouraged fans to make the trip to Chatham Town for the 7:45pm kick off.
“We would love a good turnout from the punters, it’s the business end of the season and we would love them to get behind us and push us that extra 10%. The girls love to perform in front of a good crowd and it can be a real good atmosphere down at Chatham when we get the support we need. Everybody loves a final and Haverhill will certainly be a stern test for us an one that we are looking forward to.”