January 1, 2013
Whelpdale wins it
Chris Whelpdale's second-minute volley handed Gillingham a hard-fought 1-0 win at promotion rivals Southend.
Whelpdale latched on to a deep free-kick from Joe Martin and, with Shrimpers goalkeeper Paul Smith rooted to his goal-line, he cushioned the ball home from close range.
The Gills came close to doubling their lead when a looping effort from Myles Weston was tipped to safety by Smith, who also did well to keep out a 12-yard shot from former United man Adam Barrett.
However, Southend improved in the second half and almost levelled in the 58th minute when a stunning 30-yard shot from Kevan Hurst was impressively tipped over the crossbar by Stuart Nelson.
The visitors had a huge let off a minute later when Barry Corr volleyed wide of an open goal from inside the six-yard box.
But, having weathered the storm, Gillingham almost added a second when Weston fired against the foot of the right post from 12 yards.
|Chris Whelpdale (3')|
|1 Paul Smith||1 Stuart Nelson|
|23 Chris Barker||12 Andy Frampton|
|27 Tamika Mkandawire||26 Adam Barrett|
|16 Luke Prosser||6 Leon Legge|
|2 Sean Clohessy||3 Joseph Martin|
|6 Ryan Cresswell||2 Matt Fish|
|14 Kevan Hurst||24 Myles Weston|
|8 Michael Timlin||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|26 Marc Laird||4 Jack Payne|
|21 Gavin Tomlin||20 Deon Burton|
|20 Britt Assombalonga||17 Adam Birchall|
|17 Daniel Bentley||Tommy Forecast 21|
|15 Mark Phillips||Danny Jackman 11|
|3 Anthony Straker||Callum Davies 15|
|12 Scott Donnelly||Charlie Lee 8|
|11 David Martin||Charlie Allen 14|
|7 Freddy Eastwood||Bradley Dack 18|
|10 Barry Corr||Danny Kedwell 9|
|Barry Corr for Marc Laird (46)||Charlie Lee for Chris Whelpdale (63)|
|Freddy Eastwood for Britt Assombalonga (75)||Danny Jackman for Adam Birchall (64)|
|Scott Donnelly for Tamika Mkandawire (80)||Danny Kedwell for Deon Burton (86)|
|Joseph Martin (71)|
|· Squads: Southend United | Gillingham|