January 5, 2013
Class strikes give Gills victory
First-half goals from Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton gave npower League Two leaders Gillingham a hard-fought 2-0 victory at improving Bristol Rovers.
The visitors took a fourth minute lead when Whelpdale was given room to turn inside the box and lashed an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner from 15 yards.
Rovers battled back well to hit a post through John-Joe O'Toole before Burton produced a moment of quality a minute before the break, lifting the ball over his marker before burying a fierce volley from eight yards,
Rovers look a better unit under new boss John Ward but the Gills defended their lead with tenacity and skill after the break, restricting their hosts to few sights of goal.
Ward's men also looked secure at the back, despite the loss of skipper Garry Kenneth to injury just before half-time.
But Gillingham's extra quality showed in a game of precious few clear scoring opportunities.
|13 Steve Mildenhall||1 Stuart Nelson|
|14 Lee Brown||12 Andy Frampton|
|29 Mark McChrystal||26 Adam Barrett|
|5 Garry Kenneth||6 Leon Legge|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||3 Joseph Martin|
|2 Michael Smith||2 Matt Fish|
|6 Tom Parkes||24 Myles Weston|
|32 John-Joe O'Toole||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|25 Seanan Clucas||4 Jack Payne|
|10 Elliot Richards||20 Deon Burton|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||17 Adam Birchall|
|20 Connor Gough||Tommy Forecast 21|
|4 Dan Woodards||Danny Jackman 11|
|30 Tom Lockyer||Callum Davies 15|
|15 Oliver Norburn||Steven Gregory 28|
|17 Ellis Harrison||Charlie Lee 8|
|27 Tom Hitchcock||Charlie Allen 14|
|18 Mitch Harding||Danny Kedwell 9|
|Oliver Norburn for Garry Kenneth (45)||Steven Gregory for Adam Birchall (57)|
|Tom Hitchcock for Joe Anyinsah (46)||Danny Kedwell for Deon Burton (57)|
|Mitch Harding for Fabian Broghammer (76)||Charlie Allen for Myles Weston (73)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Gillingham|