Gillingham Ladies Reserve Team manager Jason Wright was looking for a response from his side following their defeat against QPR Ladies. As the Gills welcomed a strong Portsmouth side to Chatham Town FC their boss was not left disappointed.
“We were upset with last week’s performance more than the result. As discussed, we had had a few games in a week and we just looked lackluster. Today the girls have completely corrected that and I’m delighted with their application.”
A clinical performance sealed a 7-1 victory for the Reserves who had a handful of first team players in the side. Jason hailed their impact on the younger players.
“We don’t like to abuse the system and play too many first team players but matters were out of our hands today given injuries to some players who are on the fringe of making a return. The first team have gone weeks without a league game and it was good as they brought a bit to the side, they wanted to be out there and they helped the younger ones and got the best out of everyone.”
The Gills went in at half time with a comfortable lead but Wright praised goalkeeper Sophie Ledger for keeping the side in it.
“We started off with a 4-4-2, a little bit different and we went ahead but we were scrappy and Sophie pulled off a couple of real good saves which kept us in the game and ahead. We had a re-think at half time, we changed things around more for development really, trying different players in different roles and positions and second half we took control.”
Wright added, “Bill and I had a few discussions on the side and I think for Pompey their number seven was fast and getting in behind our left sided players quite often and we knew we had to address that. We put another player in midfield and put Ellie Manning on her and it cut her out the game and from there we controlled the match.”
After such a brilliant result Wright is looking forward to welcome Chichester Ladies to Kent. Following an entertaining 0-0 draw against the side recently, Wright believes his side can go out and get another positive result.
“I’m looking forward to next week against Chichester. It will be a very even game and I feel here at home, we should be able to put in a really good performance against them. I think the girls are all really looking forward to the game and hopefully the pitch will hold out.”
Gillingham Ladies welcome Chichester Ladies to Beechings Cross this Sunday. Kick off 2pm.