Gillingham were faced with tough opposition this Sunday as they lost 4-0 to third place Charlton this Sunday.
The final score did not reflect the play of the game. If you did not know you would not have guessed there was seven places between the two teams in their league.
It was a dramatic game with clear tension between the Gills ladies and Charlton’s Nikita Whinnet, who made her debut for the Addick’s after leaving Gillingham last month.
This was made worse when the forward collided with goal keeper Courtney Shanly.
Kit Graham passed the ball through to Whinnet who made a run for goal. She was met by Shanly outside the box and the collision saw Shanly fall to the floor.
The first goal came in the 20th minute when Graham outran the Gills defence to take a shot at goal. Shanly got a hand to it but was unable to stop it, allowing Graham to open the scoring for Charlton.
Ellie Manning was yellow carded in the 27th minute after a late tackle on Whinnet.
The free kick that followed saw goal number two as Shanly cleared the ball from Stef Simmons, only to be picked up by Graham who powerfully kicked it into goal. Goal number two for Charlton and Graham.
Gillingham picked up their second yellow card as skipper Lauren Williams tackled Graham who was showing pace towards the goal again.
They nearly got a goal back before half time as Louise Lorton headed for goal but was met by the Charlton keeper Megan Lynch in the box.
Lorton found Lauren Phillips who had a clear shot at goal. She scored, but the linesman called offside.
Gillingham came back in the second half looking ready to attack. Natalie Crinean made a great run down the centre. Sheput the ball into the box but no one was there to receive and the ball was cleared.
Charlton’s third goal came in the 64th minute and it was a hat trick for Graham. Coombs fed the ball into Graham who chipped over goalkeeper Shanly.
The Gills were denied a second goal in the 71st minute after some excellent teamwork. Emma Tune set up Crinean outside the box who passed it in to Danielle Farmer who crossed it in beautifully, only for it to be called offside again.
The final goal came in the 84th minute as substitute Dominique Harris was in the right place at the right time to receive the ball from Samantha pittuck and forced the ball over the line.
The win sees Charlton move up to second and Gillingham remain 10th in the league.
The Gills have another tough job next Sunday as they take on Cardiff at home.
Gills Ladies: Shanley, Manning, Goodhall, Ahern, Williams (c), Michelmore, Crinean, Lorton (Farmer), Phillips (Brown), Tune, Long