Forward Fliss Gibbons made her second debut in a Gillingham shirt in this weekend’s first game of the new FA Women’s Premier League, during the 1-1 draw away at Luton Town LFC. Gibbons’ last appearance for Gillingham came at the end of the 2013-14 season, she had spells with Brighton and Hove Albion WFC and also with Millwall Lionesses before Gibbons re-signed for Gills during the summer.
Even though she had marked her debut with a goal, Gibbons was like her team mates disappointed they didn’t get more out of Sunday’s game than they did;
“It was a difficult game, I don’t think we played our best. We need to take the positives, we’ve come away with a point in our first game of the season and also an away game. We know what we need to look at for next week, it’ll be something we look to move on for next week.”
After the half time interval, the Gills conceded within seven minutes of the restart. Gibbons pointed out that even though they conceded it was the Gills character that got them back into the game just four minutes later;
“We wanted to come out in the second half an put in a better performance that the first, to go one nil down was difficult and against what we had discussed at half time. We wanted to get that early goal but we showed character to come back, when they went 1-0 up we started to make more chances and I think we were the better team after conceding. We can look at that as a positive.”
Though the equaliser left half an hour for Gills to try and get a winner, their efforts on goal couldn’t summon a winner in the game;
“We can all take responsibility for not taking our chances, we’ve all said we weren’t good enough in front of goal or the final third today. So when we’ve owned up to that, we can accept it. Hopefully it’ll be something we improve on moving forward in the season.”
A start to the new season for Gills Ladies consists of games against the two teams who finished the two places below Gills in third and fourth last season. Gibbons believes although the start could of been against different teams, no game will be easy this season;
“We know we’ve got difficult games coming up, the likes of Luton and Milton Keynes will be up there at the end of the season. They will be challenging for the top, so we know they will be difficult.”
“You’ve got to play everyone, so you can only play what’s in front of you. Perhaps you could say we start with an easier game but none in this league will be easy. I don’t think it really matters who we start against, we know that on the day we have to deliver and today we are disappointed.”
Since her summer return to Gillingham, Gibbons has found enjoyment once again being alongside former team mates from her first stint at Gills, and again linking up with manager Jack Wheeler. We asked Fliss how it had been and what she thought on next weeks home debut at Gills new home ground;
“I’m really enjoying it, I know some of the girls from before and everyone’s welcomed me back nicely, I know Jack and he’s been really supportive of me and I hope I can progress under him. Hopefully we can have a successful season.”
“I played at Corinthians ground a few years ago now, I’m looking forward to it and we will look to get our first three points of the season with a win there next Sunday.”
Gillingham host the first home game of the FA Women’s Premier League 2016-17 campaign THIS SUNDAY! We are up against Milton Keynes Dons LFC at Corinthians Sports Club, Longfield DA3 8LY. Kick off at 2pm, Adults £3 Under 16’s FREE.
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