Yeovil Town Women made it three wins in a row in the league, and moved to third in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.
The visitors made an early mark on the game with Meesha Dudley-Jones, Kiani Wong, and Sarah Wiltshire all caught offside as Yeovil failed to beat the offside trap.
Playing in to the wind, Jamie Sherwood’s squad did well to regain possession in midfield but couldn’t click playing forward. From quick transitions into attack Wiltshire’s cross was palmed away and just missed Dudley-Jones.
Gillingham did look threatening but like the visitors could not combine up front to gain any meaningful chances. The home side’s best opportunity came from a lang range free kick which fizzed past Beth Howard’s goal.
A stoppage in play allowed Sherwood to brief his players and it seemed to d just the trick. Yeovil regained possession and with a quick combination between Lloyd and Wiltshire found the latter with time to slot home from 12 yards.
The wind made for a scrappy second quarter of the game and it was the home side who dealt with it better. After being kept to long range shots Gills broke through Yeovil’s defence but were denied by s smart save by Howard.
It was to be level at the break as Gillingham slotted passed Howard. A neat finish nestled in the bottom corner from a cut back in the area.
HALF-TIME: Gillingham Ladies 1 – 1 Yeovil Town Women
With the wind at their back in the second half and a stern talking to at half-time Yeovil had to come up with an improved performance.
Wiltshire was proving a threat with her runs in behind as she gambled where possible whilst Gillingham again tried their luck from distance. Neither team created many clear oportunities again that was until Annie Heatherson countered by herself and was clean through with only the ‘keeper to beat only for play to be brought back in rather delayed fashion.
Yeovil’s best chances came when Aldridge and Wiltshire combined lay off Dudley-Jones but her curling effort from 20 yards out was well stopped. Lloyd’s corner then hit the far post and was agonisingly close to landing at Dudley-Jones’ feet.
As the away side pushed for a winner Gillingham were proving a threat on the counter but Howard, Jones, and Gauvain all defended expertly well. Wong, and Halford made way for Markahm and Strippel as Yeovil changed shape
A foul in midfield, 30 yards out gave Yeovil the opportunity to take the lead. Chloe Lloyd’s direct effort whipped straight in the top of the net.
Lloyd who impressed the whole game almost repeated the effort this time from open play as she almost caught the goalie out. But quick feet and it was palmed away.
Although Yeovil did have chances late on, it was Gillingham that looked more likely to nick another. The wind made defending corners difficult and from open play Howard was called into action again to make an excellent point blank stop.
FULL-TIME: Gillingham Ladies 1 – 2 Yeovil Town Women FC
REACTION: “Gillingham presented us with different problems which as a group of players and staff we haven’t encountered so far this season. It was positive to know that the players could be resilient and we can walk away with three points. WE tweaked certain ways of playing to maximise and grind out the win against a very organised and combative opposition. We weren’t as free flowing, as we have been in the last few weeks. We were sloppy but the character is a testament to the players. We have match winners all over the pitch and it’s pleasing that we demonstrated we can win ugly and grind out results.