A solitary strike from midfielder Emma Tune separated Gillingham Ladies from their FA Women’s Premier League opposition Lewes Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
Tune was one of a handful of Gillingham Ladies players to elect to stay at the club over a summer which saw a mass exodus of players. The midfielder has been patiently waiting to get her name on the score sheet after enjoying an impressive goal scoring tally last season. Her patience was rewarded with a goal that sealed what she describes as a ‘massive’ win for the club.
“It was a massive win especially against Lewes at their place. The Dripping Pan is always a tough place to go and get a result so it was always going to be difficult. I am so happy I finally got that goal – as you know it’s been a long time coming but it was certainly worth the wait.”
Tune grabbed what was to prove to be the only goal of the contest with just 36 minutes played meaning a real battle unfolded to ensure three points came back to Kent.
Tune revealed, “We really did dig deep, particularly in the second half as Lewes started to come at us and we were under the kosh a bit. The girls battled so well against a physical team and everyone put their body on the line.”
“It was really hard in the second half a lot of us were running on empty but we weren’t leaving there without the three points.”
The result has been coming for Gills who have enjoyed a string of better performances since the turn of the new year. Having played the top five in the FA Women’s Premier League both home and away, Tune believes there is a lot for the team to take from both positive performances and results recently.
“I think everyone has been feeling a bit better since the performance against Portsmouth and confidence has been a lot higher. Its important we perform well as a team and with that results will hopefully start to come like they did against Lewes. Everyone was rightly buzzing after the game and you could see how much the win meant.”
“The manager was happy too and he said the first 45 minutes was the best we have played all season in terms of togetherness and performance and we did what we had to do to see the game out and get the result.”
Togetherness has been a key term for Tune and her team-mates who’ve had to stick together during the club’s season of transition since losing a whole team in the summer. Will this result enable the team to push on having played some of the league’s toughest opponents already?
“Yes, definitely” said Tune. “I think the win gives us something to build on and proves that we can compete with teams and win games so hopefully we can kick off from here. We’ve got some really important games coming up so it will be a real test for us.”
As one of the more experienced players in the squad and part of Gillingham Ladies through a series of highs and lows, Tune was delighted for the team’s younger players who are still in the process of enjoying their first season in senior women’s football.
“I am really proud of all the girls and they should take confidence from this. There were some great performances, Courtney had a great game in goal and was a lot more vocal so I am really happy for her to get a clean sheet.”
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