Relegated Shrewsbury Town scored late on to earn a point against Gillingham.

Gillingham's Cody McDonald hit the post in the first half before seeing his spectacular overhead kick saved by goalkeeper Joe Anyon.

The home side went ahead on 72 minutes when captain Adam Barrett headed in from close range after Danny Kedwell's shot was cleared off the line.

But Shrewsbury fought back to level four minutes from time, on-loan Shaun Miller converting Joe Jacobson's cross.

Miller's late header meant that Town avoided finishing bottom of League One following Stevenage's defeat at Brentford.

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"Overall I'm happy we didn't get beat, and I'm happy that we showed some decent things, but as a manager you're always trying to get perfection.

"We know we wanted more than 53 points this season, but we're safe and the spirit of the lads was excellent.

"I'm really pleased that I've had the opportunity to come to Priestfield.

"And I'm really pleased with the way it's worked out because we stayed in the division. I think that's progress."

Shrewsbury Town manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was vital not to end the season with five defeats. We got ourselves back in it and, after the last couple of games, that's a credit to the players. They have allowed the supporters who have travelled to see a fighting display.

"This is all our players are capable of - which doesn't look good for the future. But it's good to be finishing on a positive rather than a negative.

"I've learnt a lot this season in a difficult situation - and I'll be better for that moving forward. You don't get taught any of this on a management course - you have to learn and learn quickly. Ultimately we haven't scored enough goals to keep us in the division.

"We have come up against some high-scoring teams. But we have missed some key players in recent weeks and that has been a real problem."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 06 Legge Booked (Fish - 52' )
  • 26 Barrett
  • 15 Dack
  • 12 Gregory
  • 10 McDonald (Millbank - 62' )
  • 08 Akinfenwa (Kedwell - 61' )
  • 07 Whelpdale

Substitutes

  • 02 Fish
  • 04 Linganzi
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 14 Millbank
  • 18 Lee
  • 27 Fagan
  • 35 Baxter

Shrewsbury Town

  • 25 Anyon
  • 05 Iorfa
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 04 Summerfield
  • 18 Goldson
  • 02 Grandison
  • 22 Woods (Eaves - 85' )
  • 15 Wildig (Miller - 75' Booked )
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 11 Taylor
  • 27 Mills (Parry - 34' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Weale
  • 06 Winfield
  • 07 Miller
  • 17 Parry
  • 24 Eaves
  • 29 Hall
  • 35 Ginnelly
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 7,634

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

8 3

Corners

6 2

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

90:00 +4:21 Booking

Booking Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:23

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

90:00 +3:23

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:57

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

90:00 +1:48

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

89:53

Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. Shaun Miller (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Jacobson with a cross.

85:00

Matt Fish (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:59

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

84:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Eaves replaces Ryan Woods.

82:19

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

81:31

Attempt missed. Aaron Millbank (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

81:07

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

80:56

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

79:37

Attempt missed. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Miller replaces Aaron Wildig.

72:13

Attempt saved. Matt Fish (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:52

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:52

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

71:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

70:21

Attempt saved. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

70:00

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

69:49

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

67:25

Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:25

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

66:48

Attempt missed. Michael Harriman (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

61:54

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

61:54

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Aaron Millbank replaces Cody McDonald.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Danny Kedwell replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

60:42

Attempt missed. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

57:07

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

55:34

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:09

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

51:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Matt Fish replaces Leon Legge because of an injury.

51:05

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:55

Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

44:29

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

42:25

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

41:45

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:45

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

38:32

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

38:32

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:37

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

35:37

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:47

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Joseph Mills because of an injury.

32:49

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

32:49

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:49

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:49

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

22:33

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

21:03

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

21:03

Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:47

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

15:08

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

12:17

Hand ball by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

11:30

Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

11:16

Attempt saved. Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

10:25 Booking

Booking Leon Legge (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

10:11

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

10:11

Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:13

Attempt missed. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:43

Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:11

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

7:11

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:52

Attempt saved. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

5:50

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

5:50

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:08

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

1:08

Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:42

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

0:42

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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