Ahead of Gillingham Ladies Kent Cup tie with Herne Bay Ladies, we caught up with Midfielder Charlotte Long to discuss the semi final and the remaining league fixtures this season.
Gills progressed through the last round with a 8-0 win away at Parkwood Rangers, setting up this weekends semi final tie. Sunday’s opponent’s Herne Bay are currently 3rd in South East Counties Women’s League Premier Division. We asked Charlotte how the Gills are preparing for the cup game?
“We approach every game the same wanting to win, we look at every team in the same way. Obviously Herne Bay are on a winning streak at the moment so they will be on a high, wanting to continue there winning streak, it’ll be a tough game that both teams will want to win.”
A win Sunday would see Gills in the final for a fourth consecutive season, we posed the question to Charlotte that does another possible cup final appearance spur the team on?
“Obviously I would like to progress into the final and yes the thought of winning silverware will help spur us on a bit. But Sunday’s upcoming game is about the way we perform as a team and to get to the final we need to play well”
Looking further ahead to the remaining league season. Gillingham’s summer of transition and a tough first half of the season has been a real test, Charlotte pointed out that the club is still developing as it goes along;
“I think it’s been a huge learning curve for everyone involved at Gills including the management team but every new challenge and experience is only making us a stronger unit and a more cohesive team.”
The Gills first half of the season has certainly been a challenge, Charlotte hopes that the experience is something that will hopefully bond the team to progress in the second half of the season.
“I think that we have had a baptism of fire through the first half of the season, which no doubtedly has effected the morale of the girls. But we have approached every game with the same attitude of wanting to win, we aren’t far off performance wise from the top teams. It’s just I feel we don’t believe in our own abilities enough which leads to errors that cost us games. So if we cut out the silly mistakes hopefully we will win Sunday which will get the ball rolling for the rest of the season.”
And finally Charlotte thanked all the fans for their continued support;
“To the fans we get each week your support means a great deal, we are getting better every week so we should produce a winning streak very soon”