April 6, 2013
Gills clinch promotion
Danny Kedwell's solitary strike was to enough to sink struggling Torquay and fire Gillingham back into npower League One after a three-year absence.
With Rotherham and Northampton both losing, Kedwell's 15th goal of the season, a fine volley in the 48th minute, handed Gillingham the points and rubber-stamped their return to England's third flight.
The hosts were the better team throughout; Kedwell and Steven Gregory both tested Gulls stopper Martin Rice early on and Adam Birchall hit the bar with a curling effort after just two minutes.
After Kedwell had broken the deadlock, latching on to Joe Martin's diagonal pass, Chris Whelpdale had two curling efforts well saved by Rice, and Charlie Allen fired wide from close range as the home side sought a second goal.
Torquay's best chances came through former Gills loanee Rene Howe, who hit the post and had an effort cleared off the line within the space of a minute midway through the first half.
In a nervy finale, Kevin Nicholson also rattled the crossbar for the Gulls with a 25-yard free-kick five minutes before the whistle sent the home fans into rapture.
|Danny Kedwell (48')|
|1 Stuart Nelson||13 Martin Rice|
|26 Adam Barrett||3 Kevin Nicholson|
|6 Leon Legge||4 Aaron Downes|
|3 Joseph Martin||5 Brian Saah|
|2 Matt Fish||2 Joe Oastler|
|28 Steven Gregory||7 Lee Mansell|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||11 Ian Morris|
|14 Charlie Allen||6 Damon Lathrope|
|18 Bradley Dack||15 Billy Bodin|
|17 Adam Birchall||25 Jordan Chapell|
|9 Danny Kedwell||9 Rene Howe|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Conor Thompson 33|
|12 Andy Frampton||Tom Cruise 21|
|15 Callum Davies||Angus MacDonald 16|
|5 Danny East||Nathan Craig 20|
|8 Charlie Lee||Ryan Jarvis 8|
|39 Kane Haysman||Elliot Benyon 26|
|20 Deon Burton||Ashley Yeoman 23|
|Andy Frampton for Bradley Dack (53)||Elliot Benyon for Damon Lathrope (63)|
|Deon Burton for Adam Birchall (72)||Ryan Jarvis for Jordan Chapell (64)|
|Charlie Lee for Charlie Allen (86)||Ashley Yeoman for Ian Morris (90)|
|Kevin Nicholson (82)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Torquay United|