Interim Lewes boss Craig Gill looks ahead to Sunday’s Women’s Championship fixture against Coventry United at the Dripping Pan. This game falls on the FA’s #Women’sFootballWeekend with all the Championship games being shown live on the FA Player.
The Rooks sit tenth in the table after an up and down start to the season but are within three points of the six teams directly above them giving the team an added incentive to aim for in this match.
The Welshman insists that performance was not an accurate reflection of the squad, “Obviously, we’re bitterly disappointed with the performance against Watford and we know that that’s not really us.”
Speaking after the game Gill expressed his frustration with the performance, “Extremely disappointed today, the players have set really high standards in training since I’ve been here and unfortunately today, we failed to reach those standards, especially in possession.”
Despite the disappointing result, the manager was quick to issue a rallying call ahead of Sunday’s game against a side stuck at the bottom of the league. He praised the players training this week, saying: “The response from the players has been superb. The way they’ve come back this week into training, with the quality, the energy, the discipline they’ve shown in all the practices is testament to them really, and their professionalism.”
He is hoping the work done looking back on Watford, tied in with a good week of training will culminate in a good result against Coventry, “We analysed the Watford game and there’s definitely lessons learnt from that performance which we’ve worked on in training. It all bodes well for a positive performance; we’re very much looking forward to the Coventry game on Sunday – although we appreciate it’s going to be a very tough encounter.”
Focus on Coventry
This week’s visitor’s sit bottom of the Championship with no wins to their name and only two points courtesy of a draw earlier this week against Bristol City and at London City earlier this season. They did, however, pick up a win in the Women’s League Cup, overcoming Watford 3-0.
The away side have conceded twice as many goals as the Rooks so far in the league which should give Lewes the onus to get forward and attack this game with confidence, in the hope of putting the Watford game well and truly in the rear-view mirror.
Grace Vigler, who plays in defence for Coventry, signed from Leicester this summer. She spoke about her expectations of playing Lewes at the Pan, “I always like to look at the highlights of the Lewes games before I play, but obviously anything can happen, I know they’ve got a few physical, aerially strong, quick players. So, we’ll be expecting a physical battle and a tough game at the Dripping Pan.”
United’s manager, Jay Bradford, spoke about whether the extra attention during #Women’sFootballWeekend changes the way they’ve prepared, “I mean, obviously you want to win. Particularly, if it is going to be on a weekend where more people are going to be watching the sport. You want to put football in a good light, particularly women’s football, so if we can play our part in that, and get three points along the way, then we’ll have contributed to the weekend and we’ll be happy.”
Lewes vs Coventry Tickets
Lewes FC tickets for the game, which kicks off at 1:30pm on Sunday, are available to buy online (at a discount) or on the gate.
Ticket prices on the gate are as follows:
Adults – £12 general admittance
Concessions – £8 general admittance
Kids (under 16) – free!
Beach hut for six people – £99
Gill: “Lessons learnt” from Watford ahead of Coventry visitGill: “Lessons learnt” from Watford ahead of Coventry visit
Gill: “Lessons learnt” from Watford ahead of Coventry visit