Wheeler Pleased Despite Cup Exit

Gillingham Ladies Manager Jack Wheeler praised his team for “giving Spurs a fright” after valiant second half display.

Fans at Chatham Town FC were thrilled with a eight-goal display which resulted in the visitors progressing to the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup with a 5-3 victory.

“We were not at our best in the first half” revealed Wheeler. “It took us a while and we gifted a couple of goals. At half-time when you’re 3-0 down, it could have been easy for some heads to drop.”

“But the girls had the self-belief and ability to go out in the second half and win it. I think that helped the scoreline better reflect the match.”

“I’ll happily admit, Spurs were fitter and sharper than us but I think that is in part to playing in the FA WPL Southern Division where the standard is that bit higher than what we’re used to.”

“In the second half we demonstrated we’ve got quality to compete with higher opposition and we really gave them a fright.”

The Ryman League tie came a few days after another battling display against Cambridge and Wheeler revealed he has seen another side to his squad.

“I’ve always had belief in my squad of players, the quality and talent this group of girls has is top draw. Over the past week, I’ve seen how hard we can battle and I think the group has gotten even closer.”

“We can take loads of positives from yesterday along with some good lessons too. We’ll be doing a recovery session together and now the focus turns to getting an even better performance against Lewes.”

“The games are coming thick and fast which is only a good thing at the moment because are squad are growing closer and improving each week.”

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