Gillingham Ladies enjoyed a historic day on Sunday – playing their first home game at Priestfield Stadium. A special day for all staff and players, it was even more special for midfielder Charlotte Long who etched her name into the club’s history as the first female player to score at the ground.
Following a disappointing dismissal on Thursday evening, Long came back fighting with a goal to put her team 1-0 up against Keynsham Ladies.
In front of a crowd of 351 fans, Long described how it felt to be walking out onto the Gillingham FC pitch: “It was a bit surreal” Long confessed. “I didn’t expect to come out to such a crowd with everyone cheering us on!”
“It’s special obviously to be the first one to score here but it was a team goal and it could have been Jade or I to score it.”
Reflecting on the final 2-1 scoreline, Long was pleased for her team-mates and the crowd who came to cheer them on, that the Gills had secured their first three points of the season: “It’s great because it gives the girls a big boost because we needed it. We’ve been working hard at our game but it’s nice to get a reward at the end of the day.”
Long went on to explain the crucial motivation the crowd provided and hopes they’ll come along to support the team in two weeks time as they welcome Copeswood, “It always helps when you walk out and they’re all cheering you and are all behind you. You don’t really want to disappoint the crowd and you make sure you do you’re best.”
Will you be there to support Charlotte and her team-mates