Report by John Seager
Gillingham Ladies Reserves 2 Aylesford Ladies 3
Despite goals from Kayleigh Galvin and Keira Daulby, goals from Rebecca Bark, Laura Brown and Beth Hulme knocked Gillingham Ladies Reserves of the Kent FA Women’s Cup, as they lost to Aylesford Ladies at Chatham Town FC.
Gillingham Ladies Reserves manager Jason Wright was happy with the team performance, despite the 2-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace Ladies Reserves last week last week. He was hoping that the team would bounce back today as they entertain Aylesford Ladies as they look to progress though to round two of the Kent FA Women’s Cup. The game started with Gills on the front foot as they looked to get an early advantage. But it was Aylesford who had more of the ball early on and a chance for Beth Hulme nearly paid off for Aylesford as she walked through the Gills defence but she sadly ran the ball out for a goal kick before shooting towards goal.
Aylesford then had another good chance to get the first goal as the ball was cleared away by Bonnie Long, Stacey Glover got the ball outside of the penalty box and she unleashed a powerful shot towards goal but she got too much behind her shot and it went high and wide for a goal kick. Aylesford then won a corner, Rebecca Bark crossed the ball into the box, Katie Heumier tried to get a foot on the cross but Alabaster got ahead of her to get hold of the ball and clear it away for Gillingham.
Gills then had their first chance of the game as Ashleigh Loosemore broke though the Aylesford defence and got to inside the penalty box before hitting a low and powerful shot towards goal but her shot was excellently saved by Zara Chapman and the ball went out for a Gills corner. Gills took the lead as some more good work down the wing from Georgia Pilbeam and she put in a delightful and testing cross into the six yard box and Kayleigh Galvin did enough to hold off Chapman and bundle the ball into the back of the net.
Aylesford then tried hard to get back on level terms, they won a corner and Bark again crossed the ball in and after some pinball defence, the ball ended up at the feet of Glover and she tried a shot on goal but again she got too much behind it and it went over the bar. Some more patient play again from Aylesford almost caught out Gillingham again and Glover got the ball despite holding off the best of Bonnie Long, she got her shot in at goal but it was easily saved by Alabaster. Aylesford then had a great chance to get back on level terms as they broke though on the midfield and got one on one with Alabaster, she rounded the keeper and it took the brave effort of Siobhan Reid to deflect ‘s shot out for a corner. Aylesford got on level terms right on the half time whistle as a defensive splitting pass came the way of Rebecca Bark and she simply took her time and hit w low shot past Alabaster and into the back of the net.
Half Time: Gillingham Ladies Reserves 1 Aylesford Ladies 1
The second half started with a change for Gillingham, Siobhan Reid didn’t recover from her goal saving injury and Lucie Heath came on to replace her and make her debut for the team. But it was Aylesford who got the half of to a great start, Emma Dawson worked hard down the wing and crossed the ball into the path of Beth Hulme, she did well to hit the shot over Alabaster but the ball went narrowly over the bar for a goal kick. Aylesford then continued to look to taking the lead and Chloe France had a great chance as some more poor defending saw her got the ball but she slashed her shot high over the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Gills then retook the lead as some good work from Pilbeam in the middle of the pitch saw make a great one-two with Keira Daulby, Pilbeam gave the ball back to Daulby and she lobbed the ball over Chapman from twenty five yards out. Chapman had no chance of saving the shot as the ball nestled into the back of the net.
But on the next attack Aylesford got back on level terms for a second time as a corner kick came into the penalty box, the ball ended up at an unmarked Beth Hulme and she easily drilled a low shot past the helpless Alabaster and into the back of the net.
Aylesford then took the lead for the first time as some bad defending from Gillingham let in Laura Brown to get to the edge of the penalty box and hit a low curling shot past Alabaster and the ball curled into the back of the net. Things got worse for Gillingham as Georgia Pilbeam went off with an injury and Imogen Alabaster had to come out of goal to replace her. Sophie Ledger came on to fill Alabaster’s place in goal. Aylesford continued to look for a fourth goal and finish off the game, they won a corner but the ball was cleared away by Bonnie Long as the Gills pushed forward. And they did have a chance to get on level terms as Alabaster got the ball in the middle of the pitch, she worked hard to get to the edge of the box but her tame shot was easily gathered up by Chapman.
Final score: Gillingham Ladies Reserves 2 Aylesford Ladies 3
Gillingham Ladies Reserves:
Imogen Alabaster, Siobhan Reid, Georgia Reece, Hollie Musmeci, Bonnie Long, Annie Morrison, Georgia Pilbeam, Ashleigh Loosemore, Kayleigh Galvin, Nicole Witham, Keira Daulby.
Subs: Sophie Ledger, Lucie Heath
Zara Chapman, Emma Clarke, Katie Heumier, Leigh Shacklock, Katie Gowling, Rebecca Bark (Capt.), Stacey Glover, Beth Hulme, Chloe France, Emma Dawson, Laura Brown,
Subs: Carla Maistre, Bron Allen,
Referee: Stephen Todd