March 19, 2013
Gills miss chance to extend lead
League Two leaders Gillingham missed the chance to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the division after being held to a 1-1 draw at Rochdale
And having seen Andrew Frampton sent off in the closing minutes at Spotland, Martin Allen's men could consider themselves fortunate to take anything from the clash.
The Gills found themselves a goal down after 12 minutes and had only themselves to blame. A defensive mix up between Gills defender Leon Legge and goalkeeper Stuart Nelson saw the ball drop invitingly for George Donnelly and the Dale forward hooked a fine finish into the unguarded net from 25 yards.
The visitors turned up the heat with a spell of pressure early in the second half which saw Danny Kedwell go close twice. His first effort, blasted at goal from a tight angle, was saved by Josh Lillis. Minutes later he saw a glancing header bounce inches wide of the post.
But it was third time lucky for the frontman when Matt Fish delivered an inviting cross from the right flank into the six-yard box, Kedwell making no mistake with his headed finish
Rochdale finished strongly and Gillingham were reduced to 10 men for the last eight minutes of the match after Frampton was dismissed having clashed with Grant over a poor challenge by Donnelly on Legge.
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Stuart Nelson|
|5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||12 Andy Frampton|
|25 Michael Rose||26 Adam Barrett|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||6 Leon Legge|
|12 Phil Edwards||3 Joseph Martin|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||2 Matt Fish|
|7 Jason Kennedy||10 Anton Robinson|
|29 Joe Thompson||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|40 Ian Henderson||18 Bradley Dack|
|9 George Donnelly||9 Danny Kedwell|
|22 Robert Grant||19 Antonio German|
|13 Steven Collis||Tommy Forecast 21|
|2 Joe Rafferty||Callum Davies 15|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Steven Gregory 28|
|11 Ashley Grimes||Charlie Lee 8|
|23 Andrew Haworth||Charlie Allen 14|
|30 Jamie Allen||Deon Burton 20|
|33 Darcy O'Connor||Adam Birchall 17|
|Ashley Grimes for Ian Henderson (64)||Charlie Lee for Chris Whelpdale (22)|
|Charlie Allen for Bradley Dack (61)|
|Deon Burton for Danny Kedwell (65)|
|Jason Kennedy (32)||Charlie Allen (65)|
|Adam Barrett (78)|
|Andy Frampton (88)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Gillingham|