Gills battle on to beat Denham

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Gillingham Ladies 2 Denham United Ladies 0

Report by John Seager

Second half goals from Jenny Newman and Charlotte Gurr was enough for Gillingham Ladies to defeat Denham Ladies.

The game started with both sides finding it difficult to play the ball around the pitch in the windy conditions at K Sports. It took over twenty minutes for Gillingham to create their first chance of the game, when Lauren Davis worked the ball down the left, cut inside towards goal but her shot was easily saved by Elizabeth Rose.

Jade Keogh had two great chances to open the scoring, but both of her shots failed to test Rose as they went high and wide of the goal.

April Bowers had the final chance of the first half but again, her shot was wayward of the target.

HALF TIME: Gillingham Ladies 0 Denham United Ladies 0

Gillingham Ladies opened the second half in perfect fashion, with Gurr on the ball she got the ball on the edge of the box before crossing it into the six yard area. Jenny Newman was there to tap the ball into the net, to give the Gills the lead within four minutes of the restart.

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Two minutes later, Emily Symonds cut inside her defender and hit a delightful cross into the penalty area and Gurr drilled the ball into the net to double Gillingham’s lead.

Denham United tried to get back into the game but they were limited to just one chance in the second half. They cleared the ball from their defence, and went on a counter attack. They worked the ball well before Chloe Warman hit a shot goalwards, but it went over the crossbar.

Bethany Nugent had Gillingham’s last chance to add a third goal. She did well to get hold of the ball and hit a powerful shot towards goal, but it was deflected wide for a corner, which was cleared away to safety.

Final Score: Gillingham Ladies 2 (Newman 49′, Gurr 51′) Denham United Ladies 0

Line ups:

Gillingham Ladies:

Katie Startup, Ellie Manning, Mille Waud (Rachel Ahern 65′), Vanisha Patel, Catherine Cooper, April Bowers, Lauren Davis (Rosie Kmita 58′), Emily Symonds (Bethany Nugent 75′), Jade Keogh (Capt.), Jenny Newman, Charlotte Gurr

Subs not used: Courtney Shanly

Denham United Ladies:

Elizabeth Rose, Rachel Blackburn, Emma Spencer, Joanne Torr (Capt.), Alissa Down, Jenny Banfield, Aimee Dunn, Lauren Cox, Rebecca French, Annie Hewitt, Glishia Allen

Subs: Laura Holbroon, Chloe Warman

Referee: Silvester Ayna

Linesman: Aaron Conn and Josh Weller

Attendance: 85

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