February 16, 2013
Burton sends Gills to the summit
Deon Burton climbed off the bench to slot home the penalty which sunk Dagenham and fired Gillingham to the top of npower League Two.
Daggers defender Femi Ilesanmi had levelled things up with a fine finish in the 52nd minute after Leon Legge had put the Gills ahead, but Burton struck to hand his side just a second home win in eight matches.
And with Port Vale slipping up at home to Morecambe, Burton's 11th goal of the season saw Gillingham reclaim top spot.
Legge had the hosts ahead just before the half hour mark in controversial circumstances after referee Iain Williamson awarded a goal despite an offside flag following Myles Weston's deflected free-kick.
But the Daggers were unperturbed as Ilesanmi capitalised on Legge's poor clearance to hammer past Stuart Nelson after the break.
Charlie Lee headed wide from point-blank range for the Gills before Burton struck three minutes after coming on after Daggers keeper Chris Lewington fouled Anton Robinson in the 68th minute.
Luke Williamson headed over as John Still's side sought an equaliser but the Gills held out to return to the top for the first time since January.
|Gillingham||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|1 Stuart Nelson||1 Chris Lewington|
|12 Andy Frampton||18 Gavin Hoyte|
|26 Adam Barrett||4 Scott Doe|
|6 Leon Legge||2 Luke Wilkinson|
|3 Joseph Martin||3 Oluwafemi Ilesanmi|
|2 Matt Fish||17 Luke Howell|
|10 Anton Robinson||12 Medy Elito|
|24 Myles Weston||19 Abu Ogogo|
|8 Charlie Lee||15 Matthew Saunders|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||9 Ben Strevens|
|29 Cody McDonald||7 Sam Williams|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Jordan Seabright 30|
|25 Michael Richardson||Jake Caprice 21|
|28 Steven Gregory||Kevin Maher 16|
|18 Bradley Dack||Dominic Green 11|
|11 Ryan Williams||Billy Bingham 24|
|20 Deon Burton||Jake Reed 14|
|17 Adam Birchall||Brian Woodall 23|
|Deon Burton for Andy Frampton (65)||Jake Caprice for Medy Elito (75)|
|Steven Gregory for Cody McDonald (73)||Dominic Green for Matthew Saunders (79)|
|Bradley Dack for Matt Fish (81)||Jake Reed for Gavin Hoyte (90)|
|Charlie Lee (25)||Chris Lewington (69)|
|Matt Fish (80)|
|Deon Burton (87)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Dagenham & Redbridge|