Gillingham Ladies midfielder Emma Tune revealed her excitement ahead of the club’s Kent derby clash against Herne Bay Ladies this Sunday.
The Gills have been enjoying a good run of form at Chatham Town FC and Tune hopes for more of the same this week.
“It’s nice to be coming back to play at Chatham, this season it has really felt like a home for us although we seem to always be on the road!”
“Obviously our results have been really strong at home, it’s our base and we like to come out the blocks and bring the game to our opponents. So far it has worked really well and everyone in the squad will be working hard this week to ensure it is more of the same.”
Tune has been enjoying some good personal form, contributing with goals for the last three consecutive games and is aiming for this to continue.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to score for Gills and to have got a few over the last few weeks is a great boost. The run started a few weeks ago when we had a mid-week trip to Bury Town and Charlotte and Copey were giving me some encouragement on the sidelines going forward and I managed to crop up and get myself a goal late on. Although my two on Sunday against Norwich won’t count for much, every one counts for me!”
“Goals are coming from across the squad which is pleasing and lots of our goals have been good team goals. It’s nice to be playing good football and we’re trying to be as clinical as we can with the opportunities we create. Whilst it is nice to score, everyone is focused on performing well as a unit.”
“Everyone in the squad is playing an important role at the moment and the atmosphere in the dressing room is really good. Sunday it was disappointing not to take the three points home but we will deal with anything that comes our way. Sunday is forgotten and it’s all about the FA Cup game now.”
Tune has good memories in the FA Cup as one of the starting eleven who played against Arsenal when the club went on a record-breaking run in the competition two seasons ago.
“Playing against Arsenal was a deserved reward for our efforts in the cup that season. Playing against Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey and other internationals was brilliant and something I will always remember. They went onto win the competition that season and it’s not very often you can say you’ve played against FA Cup winners.”
“That’s what make the FA Cup really special, if you get on a good run you can earn some money to help support the club and maybe get a draw against a FA WSL side which would be great for us to achieve this season.”
And whilst ambitions are set high, Tune is acutely aware of what the club has to do in order to achieve those aspirations.
“We had a tough opening test against AFC Wimbledon. They were very compact, physical and hard-working but that day we rose to the challenge and were really professional to get a good win. We know Herne Bay will pose a similar threat and we are going to have to be on top of our game to progress.”
As well as the excitement of an FA Cup game, Tune also looks forward to welcoming a good home crowd to Chatham Town.
“Since I’ve been at the club the support has been brilliant and this season our home crowds have been really loud and supportive which helps when you’re on the pitch.”
“I imagine with it being a Kent derby, they’ll be a lot of support for both teams as well as neutrals who want to come along. Fingers crossed it will be a good showcase of the women’s game here in Kent for lots of people to enjoy.”
Tickets for Gillingham Ladies clash against Herne Bay Ladies at Chatham Town FC can be purchased at the turnstiles this Sunday. Adults £3 Under 16s FREE.