It was a brilliant weekend for Gillingham FC. With the men securing a comfortable 2-0 victory against Crewe on Saturday, the Ladies responded with vigour producing a good performance to beat Ebbsfleet United in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
It was a great weekend also due to the fact the Ladies were invited by Chairman Paul Scally to be officially introduced to fans at Priestfield Stadium. Emma Tune was one of the girls from the two senior teams to make the trip and topped her weekend off with a brace on Sunday.
Tune gave an honest assessment of her team’s efforts: “I think first half wasn’t great” she said, “second half we came out and did a lot better. It was a little bit of a confidence boost to get the 15-0 win but again we could have got a few more if we’d been better at hitting the target.”
An important victory but the manner the Gills went about their business was equally pleasing to Tune: “I think it’s really important to keep pushing forwards even when you’ve got the lead. I think sometimes you can get a little bit complacent and then just settle for a few goals. But today we didn’t. Like I said we missed quite a few but we kept going at them which was really positive.”
And adding to the positives from the day, Tune opened her account with two merited goals. Tune revealed: “I had a couple of chances before that and I was getting a bit frustrated with myself but the first goal was really good play. Potts played it into me and I had a little one two with her before finishing it off and I was really relieved. I think everyone else was as well as they all came up to me to celebrate which was nice.”
Tune added that the team’s celebrations exemplified the team spirit that’s beginning to grow as the newly formed team play more together.”Everyone was supporting everyone and like I said when we scored a goal, everyone was there together.”
Reflecting upon her weekend as a whole, Tune revealed how uplifting the trip to watch the men’s side was on Saturday afternoon: “It was really good, really positive. We got lots of feedback and lots of the fans are looking to come down against Keynsham so hopefully we can get a good crowd down there.”
And with the first home game quickly approaching, Tune couldn’t hide her excitement: “I can’t wait. For a lot of us, it’s going to be the biggest stadium we’ve played at and it will be special.”
“I think it will be a tough game but we’re going to battle so if we can get some support behind us it will be a good watch.”
You can be a part of Gillingham Ladies Housewarming at Priestfield Stadium on Sunday 7th September. Kick off against Keynsham is 2pm. Entry is free for all Gills Ladies fans.