Ladies: Gillingham Preview
Watford FC Ladies will travel to Gillingham this weekend as they look to secure the top spot in the league table.
The Golden Girls will be looking to defend their unbeaten run as they haven’t lost in six games.
Last season when Watford played Gillingham away it was a close 1-0 win to Watford. It was goalless up until the 63rd minute when Katie O’Leary managed to win the game.
Views from the head coach
Clinton Lancaster and his side know that Gillingham can be a tough opponent, and the weekend cannot be taken lightly.
“We are looking forward to the game, but it will be a tough test. Gillingham are a decent side and hard to break down.” Lancaster told watfordfc.com.
“They may have had a few different results, but they put out a good team and last season we only just beat them away, it wasn’t easy, and we can’t focus on their results. If we perform well, the result will take care of itself.”
It's hard to deny the good run The Golden Girls are on at the moment with six unbeaten games and scoring a total of 27 goals this season.
“We are doing really well at the moment, we don’t just have a big squad but a strong one, so we can rotate players to match certain games and still get a good performance. We trust and believe in these girls.
“The girls work so hard in training and we want to keep this run going, keep getting the results and really see how far up the league we can get. Promotion is our goal, we take each game as it comes but that’s what we want at the end.”
Gillingham seem to sit in a similar position to the past few seasons in the FAWNL as with seven points they sit ninth in the early stages of the season.
Its been an unpredictable season for the hosts where they have had two wins, two losses and one draw. This could be down to the recent change in their coaching staff, with manager Jack Wheeler leaving Gillingham and Jamie Raynor their newly appointed man in charge.
Gillingham started off their league campaign with a 1-0 win against Cardiff, who The Hornets lost 3-0 to back in September, which shows that Gillingham are not a team to underestimate.
It was then a loss for Gills as they faced top of the table Plymouth, who put two past them. This didn’t put Gillingham off though, and they bounced back with a 4-2 win against MK dons the following week.
The 4-2 victory for Gillingham back in September was the last win they got from the campaign so far. They managed to take away a point against Chichester City but then had a 6-1 defeat against Yeovil in their most recent league game.
The hosts have got a tough few games approaching including a match against table toppers Crawley Wasps just three days after our meet.
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Gillingham Ladies v Watford FC Ladies
Sunday 20th October
Chatham Town Football Club