April 13, 2013
Gills denied title party by Town
Defender Michael Hector netted his first goal for Cheltenham to seal a narrow 1-0 victory and deny Gillingham manager Martin Allen the chance to clinch the League Two title at his former club.
The centre-half, on loan from Reading, was left unmarked to head home a Billy Jones corner midway through the second half as the Robins continued their push for automatic promotion.
With Port Vale sharing the points at Rochdale, a draw would have been enough to see the visitors crowned champions.
And it looked like finishing all square for much of the game as the sides traded blows in midfield.
Cheltenham skipper Russ Penn stabbed a shot just wide on the half-hour with Jason Thomas forcing a good save from Gills goalkeeper Stuart Nelson soon after.
The visitors' best effort before the break fell to leading scorer Danny Kedwell but his header was turned over the crossbar by Robins `keeper Scott Brown.
The home side had the pick of the second-half efforts with Kaid Mohamed having a shot deflected just over the bar moments before Hector scored from the resulting corner.
Adam Barrett and Chris Whelpdale went close late on but there were to be no title celebrations for Allen's side.
|Michael Hector (67')|
|1 Scott P Brown||1 Stuart Nelson|
|3 Billy Jones||12 Andy Frampton|
|6 Steve Elliott||26 Adam Barrett|
|22 Sido Jombarti||6 Leon Legge|
|27 Michael Hector||3 Joseph Martin|
|16 Russell Penn||2 Matt Fish|
|25 Jason Taylor||8 Charlie Lee|
|7 Marlon Pack||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|11 Jermaine McGlashan||14 Charlie Allen|
|23 Kaid Mohamed||20 Deon Burton|
|29 Byron Harrison||9 Danny Kedwell|
|12 Connor Roberts||Sam Muggleton 37|
|2 Keith Lowe||Callum Davies 15|
|28 Jack Deaman||Danny East 5|
|4 Darren Carter||Steven Gregory 28|
|8 Sam Deering||Bradley Dack 18|
|14 Shaun Harrad||Adam Birchall 17|
|9 Darryl Duffy||Tommy Forecast 21|
|Steven Gregory for Joseph Martin (45)|
|Adam Birchall for Charlie Lee (76)|
|Bradley Dack for Charlie Allen (76)|
|Sido Jombarti (25)||Charlie Lee (44)|
|Leon Legge (56)|
|Andy Frampton (63)|
|Deon Burton (90)|
|· Squads: Cheltenham Town | Gillingham|