Gills boss relishing Plymouth visit

SimonGillingham Ladies manager Simon Ratcliffe is looking forward to welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Chatham Town FC as the club face an important FA WPL double with consecutive home fixtures.

The Gills play their first home league game of 2015 on Sunday afternoon and Ratcliffe admitted he was looking forward to getting back into FA WPL action.

“After our fantastic victory away at Lewes we were hoping to build some momentum and form in the league. Unfortunately with postponements elsewhere it has affected our own schedule of games. With that said, the positives of that performance and the trip to Portsmouth mean we look forward to welcoming Plymouth and want to gain important points.”

Gillingham Ladies slipped to a 3-2 defeat to Plymouth earlier on in the season. With a serious injury to winger Jade Keogh pausing play for over half an hour, the game was a difficult one for Ratcliffe’s players who pushed their opponents all the way.

“Our trip to Plymouth was tough. Jade suffered a very bad injury and it was a challenge for the girls to re-focus after such a long pause and the circumstances. We should have got more from that game. I think we’ve developed and strengthened since then. If we show the determination and spirit we did at Portsmouth with the same strict and error free performance we put in at Lewes, I believe it will be another positive display.”

“We do have some injuries to contend with at the moment but the importance of these two home ties means we are focussed on doing our job. Playing at home, if we can continue to get the support and crowds we were building before the Christmas break, it will be of huge benefit to us and give the girls that extra push.”

Gillingham Ladies have not played at home in the league since 14th December and Ratcliffe hopes despite the wait fans will turn out to support the ladies.

“We received fantastic support before Christmas, getting crowds of 300+ which is a huge boost for the players and everyone associated at the club. It’s difficult to build a fan base when you have eleven weeks between your last home game, however I’ve no doubt those who make the effort to come down on Sunday will enjoy an entertaining battle and be able to see the improvements we have made in that time.”

“The next two weeks will be crucial for us, so I’d encourage any fans to come down and support us, they’re certainly very welcome.”

Gillingham Ladies play Plymouth Argyle this Sunday. Kick off 2pm
Adults £3 Under 16s FREE

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