Having come head to head with FA WPL rivals Portsmouth Ladies just weeks earlier, Gillingham Ladies boss Simon Ratcliffe was pleased to see improvements in his side’s performance.
“We competed better today” the Gills boss said after the game. “Unfortunately we still gave away possession too easily at the start of the game which resulted in us conceding a very poor goal but by and large it was an improvement.”
Asked whether he felt the 3-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the game, Ratcliffe replied: “Probably not. Ultimately they were more robust than us and scored the goals that we didn’t. We had the chances, we just didn’t convert them.”
Ratcliffe believes confidence will play a key as his side begin to come together for the second half of a transitional campaign for the football club. “I think we just need to score a goal! Whether that’s hitting someone off the knee and going into the back of the net or a great strike, but once we do that we will begin to believe in ourselves a bit more and the goals will come.”
Gills made a slow start according to the manager but that changed; “You get one or two players who begin to make some tackles, get in some shots and do some good passes and that breeds with the others and they begin to get the confidence to press on also.”
There was praise for the midfield trio of Ashlee Hincks, Emma Tune and Sophie Brown who helped win the battle in the middle of the park for the visitors. “I think they did very well in there” said Ratcliffe, “They probed and prodded and helped create a few chances for the front two. I was very pleased.”
17 year old Chloe Cavengh continued to impress the first team manager with another hard-working display in her first season of senior football: “Chloe ran her socks off and had a couple of chances. One she might have slotted Pottsy to play her in but she had the shot from distance which the keeper saved but I’m very pleased with her.”
Despite the result, the Gills Ladies manager was pleased to see his side produce a much more competitive performance and after still baring the ramifications of losing a team of first team players, revealed the club are still in the process of re-building and attracting players to be part of a new chapter at the club.
“We’ve got one or two players we are looking at. Charlotte Thurston who is a new player and will be joining us soon now her international clearance is through. We’re quietly keeping picking up players and will continue to quietly improve with an eye to improving next season.”
Gills Ladies are next in action on Thursday evening as they travel to Ware FC on Thursday evening for their Ryman League quarter final tie against Tottenham Ladies.