Late penalty blow hands Lewes youngsters a timely lesson

Lewes Development (Tagg, Tibble) 2-2 Gillingham Reserves (Loosemore, North pen)

Action from Lewes Development v Gillingham Reserves, March 29 2015An injury-time penalty denied Lewes’s second string a second successive league victory after going most of the season without one at all in a game spoilt by the windy conditions at the Convent Field. Continue reading


Bobbly pitch but Chichester and Gillingham delighted to have level playing field at last

Chichester City Development 0-0 Gillingham Reserves

Action between Chichester City  Development and Gillingham Reserves Feb 8 2015

Both sides played some excellent football on a difficult pitch

At the lower end of what are effectively two divisions within the same league the chances to pick up wins are at a premium.

So the first clash of the season between Chichester City’s young development side and Gillingham’s even younger reserves in the FAW Premier Reserves League represented a rare opportunity for a much-needed confidence-boosting victory for both teams. Continue reading

Ten-goal Brighton restrict Gillingham youngsters’ development

Action from Brighton Reserves v Gillingham Reserves, Jan 4 2015

For much of the game Gillingham seemed to be in awe of Brighton’s talented team

Brighton Reserves (Blackie 4, Somes 3, Perry, Talbut-Smith, Baker-Carroll) 10-0 Gillingham Reserves

Reserve leagues are a minefield for clubs and their managers. Are they really just platforms for younger players to learn their trade and fight their way into first teams, or does the very existence of a league format mean they should be taken seriously as competitions in themselves? Continue reading