April 1, 2013
Gills move closer to third tier
Gillingham striker Deon Burton netted the only goal of the game as the Gills downed his former employers Rotherham to all-but secure automatic promotion to npower League One.
The 36-year-old, who played for the Millers seven seasons ago, latched onto Danny Kedwell's flick from a long Chris Whelpdale throw for the sole strike in the 22nd minute at Priestfield.
Gillingham now sit 11 points clear of fourth-placed Cheltenham and 12 ahead of Burton, who are fifth and have one game in hand like Port Vale in second and Northampton in third.
Burton's goal in the first half was a rare moment of note however after the break Gillingham could have extended their lead while Rotherham could have snatched a point.
Millers goalkeeper Scott Shearer tipped a 12-yard effort from Kedwell onto the bar in the 70th minute and then dived low to push a composed header from the same player wide moments later.
And right at the death Stuart Nelson had to be alert to save a powerful 35-yard strike from Michael O'Connor as the Gills also moved one step closer to the League Two title.
|Deon Burton (22')|
|1 Stuart Nelson||1 Scott Shearer|
|26 Adam Barrett||20 Craig Morgan|
|6 Leon Legge||3 Claude Davis|
|3 Joseph Martin||6 Johnny Mullins|
|2 Matt Fish||37 Joe Skarz|
|10 Anton Robinson||19 David Noble|
|28 Steven Gregory||4 Kari Arnason|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||7 Lionel Ainsworth|
|14 Charlie Allen||35 Daniel Kearns|
|20 Deon Burton||9 Alex Revell|
|9 Danny Kedwell||17 Daniel Nardiello|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Andy Warrington 21|
|15 Callum Davies||Liam Ridehalgh 33|
|5 Danny East||Lee Frecklington 27|
|37 Sam Muggleton||Michael O'Connor 10|
|24 Myles Weston||Ben Pringle 15|
|17 Adam Birchall||Kayode Odejayi 16|
|35 Devante McKain||Keiran Agard 22|
|Myles Weston for Anton Robinson (77)||Ben Pringle for Lionel Ainsworth (46)|
|Michael O'Connor for David Noble (46)|
|Kayode Odejayi for Daniel Nardiello (61)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Rotherham United|