January 29, 2013
Gills head back to the summit
Cody McDonald and Myles Weston netted to earn Gillingham three points against promotion rivals Northampton, sending the Gills top of League Two with a 2-0 win.
The hosts went ahead after three minutes as Matt Fish's long ball was misjudged by Cobblers goalkeeper Lee Nicholls and McDonald tapped in from close range on his first start since returning to the Priestfield.
After 18 minutes Northampton almost levelled as Clive Platt's effort was saved by Stuart Nelson, before Ben Harding's effort was blocked on the line.
In the 36th minute the Cobblers had an excellent chance to equalise, Chris Hackett beating Joe Martin and whipping in a right-wing cross, but Platt could only head wide.
The wet and windy conditions made for a tight encounter in the second half as neither side was able to fashion many clear-cut chances, both teams having to resort to long balls.
But Gillingham made sure of the points in the 84th minute as Weston latched onto a long ball and smashed into the bottom right corner off the post.
|1 Stuart Nelson||21 Lee Nicholls|
|12 Andy Frampton||30 Clarke Carlisle|
|26 Adam Barrett||5 Kelvin Langmead|
|6 Leon Legge||12 Ben Tozer|
|3 Joseph Martin||3 Joe Widdowson|
|2 Matt Fish||4 Luke Guttridge|
|28 Steven Gregory||11 Chris Hackett|
|24 Myles Weston||8 Ben Harding|
|8 Charlie Lee||22 Lewis Hornby|
|20 Deon Burton||9 Clive Platt|
|29 Cody McDonald||17 Jake Robinson|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Dean Snedker 13|
|15 Callum Davies||John Johnson 2|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||Ishmel Demontagnac 7|
|14 Charlie Allen||Emmanuel Oyeleke 23|
|10 Ben Strevens||Adebayo Akinfenwa 10|
|17 Adam Birchall||Lewis Wilson 16|
|9 Danny Kedwell||Louis Moult 19|
|Chris Whelpdale for Cody McDonald (83)||Adebayo Akinfenwa for Luke Guttridge (63)|
|Danny Kedwell for Myles Weston (87)||Ishmel Demontagnac for Jake Robinson (80)|
|Charlie Allen for Charlie Lee (89)|
|Adam Barrett (13)||Clarke Carlisle (17)|
|Joe Widdowson (90)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Northampton Town|