Gillingham Ladies picked up a vital point away at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Making their final trip of the season, the visitors had a host of chances but were unable to convert and had goalkeeper Courtney Shanley to thank for a heroic first half penalty save.
An entertaining goalless draw, both sides were fighting for three points but unable to break down each other’s resilient defensive lines.
Gills Ladies striker Lauren Phillips had the game’s first chance but fired over from six yards whilst Ashlee Hincks also had an effort from a free kick as the team looked to open the game’s deadlock.
While Gillingham Ladies were enjoying a dominant spell, the hosts offered a stark reminder of their own attacking threat when Carrie-Anne Layton’s ball opened up the Gills defence, setting Stacey Sowden in on goal. Her striker blocked by the alert Shanley.
QPR’s goalkeeper was then tested with a stinging effort from Hincks but it was QPR who had the best chance to score moments later after they were rewarded a penalty after a trip in the box. Shanley however was able to prevent Rangers from taking the lead.
Gillingham could not punish QPR for the miss, lacking the final clinical finish and being denied when midfielder Emma Tune’s goalbound volley was turned over the crossbar by team-mate Bonnie Long.
A goalless opening 45 minutes was match with an edgy, tense second half affair.
In the later stages of the game, Rangers had a handful of chances and forced Shanley into a great double save.
Despite a number of attacking movements for both sides, who battled right to the end, it was Gillingham who could have snatched a late victory. Hincks curling her shot wide meaning the Gills had to settle for a point to take back into Kent.
Gillingham Ladies: Courtney Shanley, Ellie Manning (c), Charlie Thurston, Bonnie Long, Charlotte Long, Emma Michelmore, Emma Tune, Sophie Brown, Ashleigh Loosemore, Ashlee Hincks, Lauren Phillips
Images courtesy of Kevin Richards.