Herne Bay Ladies manager Anthony Deer
HERNE BAY LADIES manager Anthony Deer admits Sunday’s FA Cup first round clash was a special day for the club.
It had been billed as the biggest game in the club’s history when Carshalton visited, and 183 supporters turned up to watch the clash at Winch’s Field.
And although the result did not go their way – going down to a 1-0 defeat – Deer was able to reflect on a successful afternoon.
“Having 183 people in the ground was special,” he said. “If we can get a fifth of that turning up every week it can only bode well for the football club.
“The players were very professional about it.
“Having the Herne Bay girls team walk out with them made it sort of like a cup final and the girls really enjoyed the day.
“The result didn’t go our way but the whole day from start to finish was treated as professionally as possible.”
Despite the result, Deer felt Herne Bay gave a good account of themselves against the higher- ranked opposition.
“All I asked the girls was to give it their best,” he added. “We didn’t play fantastically well, we were camped in our own half for the first half but we got the ball down and started to play some lovely football.
“The effort they put in was fantastic; they ran their socks off the whole game.
“They didn’t give up and that was the message.”
“We want to go as high as we can as a football team – and we are only going to get bigger and stronger. We competed very well with a team from a higher division.”
Deer was also keen to stress that the bread and butter action of the league remains his priority for this season.
He said: “Playing Carshalton was a very competitive fixture, and that’s what we want, but not just the occasional cup game.
“We want to be in a league which isn’t always going to go our way.
“We are not at the level we want to be at the moment. We want competitive games all the time.”
He also thanked the club as a whole for the support they have given the ladies section.
“The club are right behind us. Without that support I think we would have struggled to get the attendances we have.
“Obviously the first team is the most important team at the club and we want them to do well.
“But to help the club we want to get as many people through the door, so we don’t have to worry about spending money on referees and making a loss.”