Gillingham Ladies produced a huge comeback having gone a goal behind at Brighton in the first half yesterday afternoon. Gillingham showed their true championship qualities as they fought back to beat The Seagulls 2-1 thanks to goals from Fliss Gibbons and Lisa Fulgence.
An important result for the Gills in their penultimate game before welcoming Coventry Ladies to Chatham Town FC this Sunday for a league title finale. We caught up with Gills Ladies manager James Marrs to hear his thoughts following another successful performance.
“I thought off the ball we were very very good in parts and I can’t remember Brighton keeping the ball for more than three or four passes. We controlled the majority of the game and were just lacking the final product. Our pressing and shape was top drawer and that was a key factor for us. We could then get on the ball an try an impose ourselves.”
“We identified that at half time our movement in possession wasn’t good enough and that needed to be altered slightly. We managed to do that after the break and caused Brighton a lot of problems. I think on the balance of play I would say we just about shaded it.”
After a very comprehensive 8-0 win last week, Marrs’ side were compelled to show a more robust,grittier side of themselves which pleased the manager.
“It was very good to see the girls get their heads down and knuckle down. It shows that if you do make errors like we have as long as you have the right mentality and attitude then they can be rectified. We showed a willingness to take the game to Brighton and that ended up paying off.”
And the value of Sunday’s comeback will truly be realised next weekend as Gills Ladies look to seal the league title against second place Coventry Ladies. Marrs’ priority now will be to ensure his team are fully prepared for the final game of the season.
“We know what we have to do this week and will be fully prepared and ready to go. It’s going to be a 90 minutes of sweat, blood, tears and god knows what else.”
With the league title very closely poised, the Gills will be looking to make the most of their home advantage and Marrs called upon fans to be the 12th player on Sunday.
“To any football fans in Kent I’d say definitely get yourself down and join in the atmosphere, we need as many Gills fans as possible on Sunday to help push the girls on against Coventry. It would be amazing to have over 100 fans there for the game and really do there best to give us that 12th man mentality.”
Meanwhile the message to the girls:
“We’re fully focused on what we need to do and will be preparing to make sure that we are competitive.”
Gillingham Ladies play Coventry this Sunday, kick off at 2pm at Chatham Town FC. Under 16s gain free entry whilst it’s £3 for adults.