By Ben Thomas
Cardiff City Ladies return to the Centre of Sporting Excellence on Sunday afternoon, welcoming Gillingham Women’s Football Club in the Women’s National League.
Out of 10 fixtures played so far this season, the record breaking 11 times FAW Cup Winners sit on 12 points in 10 games.
After a tough couple of weeks on the pitch, a much-needed international break arrived at the perfect time.
Cardiff manager, James Fishlock claims that it’s been an important break for the girls.
“Overall, it’s been a positive couple of weeks. Obviously, we missed Laura O’Sulivan who’s been away with Wales and had 2 very good performances.
“But we’ve had 2 weeks to reset and refocus but, in our league, the games come thick and fast so when a break comes, we won’t turn our nose up at it.”
Assessing the challenge of welcoming Gillingham this Sunday, Fishlock has already realised that it’ll be a tough 90 minutes.
“It’s a challenging game. There are no easy games. Everybody on their day can beat everybody, as we’ve seen, and Gillingham have probably been the full team in the league who have won the last 6 of 7 while playing a decent style of football.”
“However, like I said to the girls at training last night, I don’t feel as if we should be intimidated by any team in the league and particularly at home.”
“We know the style of football we want to play and know our personality so if we do that, the girls can have enough confidence to know that we’re a match for any team in the league.”
“I think it’ll be a competitive game, so anyone who is coming along to watch, will be in for a treat.”
Cardiff Player To Keep Your Eye On:
Ellie Sargent has been in terrific form thus far this season while terrorising defences along the way. The right sided midfielder has impressed with her range of passes, crosses, and pace.
Not keeping an eye on Sargent could be a recipe for disaster for the opposition.
In 1995, the Gillingham FC owner co – opted a local women’s football team called Borstal’ 88s.
In June 2014, the team moved under the banner of Gillingham Football club after a period as an independent outfit.
Gillingham Women FC now play within the Women’s National League (Tier 3) under club chairman, Josh Oatham.
Opponent Watch: Season So Far.
Sunday’s opposition currently occupy 6th place in the Women’s National League, picking up 19 points out of a possible 33. Josh Oatham’s side have won 6 games out of their opening 11 games.
On their last outing, ‘The Gills’ booked their place in the 3rd round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after a 2-0 victory over Actonians LFC.
Gillingham Player To Keep Your Eye On.
Gillingham’s top goal scorer, Amy Russ, will look to torment the Cardiff City Ladies back line and add to her impressive goal tally. The Gills number 18 has already bagged 7 goals in 11 games.
Come on down, support the girls and make some noise.
Full Match Details:
Sunday 5th December 2021
Centre of Sporting Excellence
Seniors £4, U16 Free