Gills boss Simon Ratcliffe was pleased with his side’s attitude as they overcame Parkwood Ladies with a professional 8-0 win in the Kent Women’s Cup.
Ratcliffe made a successful start in his managerial debut in the competition and was happy with his side’s commitment and work rate: “I’m pleased with the girl’s attitude today. We went back to grassroots and have been made to feel very welcome by Parkwood Ladies. They tried hard and we ultimately overcame them with some effort and good goals.”
“I stressed I didn’t want us to start slowly or sloppily and concede a goal. The girls did me proud; they played ever so well – as did Parkwood. They all tried very hard and I’m very pleased with everyone.”
There was special mention for Gills youngster Chloe Cavengh who was brought on in the second half to gain more valuable experience in senior women’s football: “Chloe has done ever so well, she deserves her chance. Fortunately she didn’t play for the Reserves in their Kent Cup tie which made her available and she came on, showed some good touches and did well.”
Gillingham Ladies return to FA Women’s Premier League action next Sunday with a trip to Copsewood. Ratcliffe expects the girls to push on from their Cup victory to gain important league points. “We’ll carry this onto Copsewood next week which will be a very similar game.
“I expect that to be a little bit more physical too as it was back at Priestfield earlier this season. We will be looking to press ourselves upon them and get a good result.”