White encouraged following Sheppey win

Fitness levels good in win over Sheppey, says Ben White.

Gills youth team coach Ben White paid tribute to the club's sports science and fitness team following the 7-1 win over Sheppey United on Saturday.

Bradley Stevenson, Darren Oldaker, Franck Moussa, Charles Noyelle and a Henry Woods hat-trick helped secure a convincing win at the Havill Stadium, and White was particularly pleased with how fit the squad looked.

He said: “I think there must be six worldies; some very impressive finishes, particularly the free-kicks from DJ Oldaker, Charles Noyelle and the 30-yarder from Henry Woods.

“Also Henry’s first goal involved some clever interplay with Roman Campbell and overall it was a fully deserved convincing victory.

“Today is what Henry Woods is about and that’s why he has been offered a professional contract and it will do his confidence the world of good.”

The crowd was strong at Sheppey’s ground which White feels will benefit the younger players in the team.

“People expect to see the quality with the difference in levels but our boys also looked super fit and that’s credit to our sports science team. It was very encouraging.

“There was over 500 here which is good for Sheppey and good for our scholars to play in front of that amount of people. They have to learn to deal with that; I thought the scholars were excellent.

“Billy Bingham was excellent; he’s an experienced pro. Danny Divine has been out for 11 months with a knee injury and his shoulder has popped out. Hopefully it’s not too bad, it might be a few weeks out but if anyone can deal with it it’s him.”