As pre-season preparations draw towards a close, Gillingham Ladies helped take part in the Eddie ‘Titch’ Willet memorial match against Herne Bay Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts welcomed Gills Ladies to take part in the game and a sweltering Winches Field provided the back-drop for a good showcase of the women’s game in Kent.
Gills joint manager Jack Wheeler oversaw the game from the dug out and will do so again alongside Darren Hare at Chatham Town FC next weekend, as the current Kent Champions kick start a new FA Women’s Premier League campaign.
Gillingham Ladies enjoyed a good run out down by the coast. Despite falling a goal behind, strikes from Kallie Balfour, Emma Tune and Hannah Gauci sealed victory and enabled the team to take the shield back to Gillingham.
Wheeler was pleased with his side’s performance and revealed there is a buoyant mood is the dressing room ahead of Ispwich Town’s visit next week.
“Today’s match provided us with yet another good run out and occasion to get more minutes under the player’s belts. I thought the girls did really well in testing conditions, they were pretty dominant across the park, they worked hard for one another and there were plenty of positives.”
“We thank Herne Bay for inviting us to take part in today’s game, it’s always nice to win games and medals; it’s another positive to help us ahead of next Sunday’s game.”
“We’ve still got plenty to work on ahead of Ispwich’s visit. We’re in a very tough league and every game is going to be difficult. The girls are a tight knit bunch and all of us are looking forward to the game and know we need to work hard to make next Sunday as successful and positive as the last.”
Gillingham Ladies kick off the new season against Ipswich on Sunday 16th August at Chatham Town FC. The match starts at 2pm. Adults £3, U16s Free.