Stevenage 3-1 Gillingham

Darius Charles

Darius Charles scored twice as Stevenage beat Gillingham to close the gap to safety to two points.

Elliott Hewitt was sent off for handling Francois Zoko's shot and the Stevenage striker scored from the spot for his 14th goal of the season.

Charles met Luke Freeman's cross to put the hosts 2-0 up, before Cody McDonald converted Connor Smith's through ball to reduce the deficit.

A close-range finish from Charles ensured Stevenage a vital victory.

Lucas Akins came close to making it 4-1 but saw his header come back off the crossbar, while McDonald hit the post at the other end.

Stevenage stay bottom of the table on 25 points, but move a point behind 23rd-placed Sheffield United, with Notts County, Shrewsbury and Bristol City, on 27 points.

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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

Peter Taylor

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Post Match: Gills manager Taylor

"I'm very proud of the players for the way they kept going as it was a difficult evening.

"It was a disappointing first goal for us as it wasn't good defending and then you get a man sent off as early as that.

"It was the correct decision by the referee and the wrong decision from Elliott. Elliott should have let it go in as at that early stage if it goes in you have still got 11 men and time to recover."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2919642463
2Wolves2918742961
3Leyton Orient2818643360
4Preston28141041152
5Rotherham2914961351
6Walsall29121071046
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2912512741
9Port Vale2712312-339
10Coventry281387937
11MK Dons2810612-136
12Gillingham3010515-1235
13Bradford287138434
14Colchester268108134
15Oldham299614-833
16Crawley257108-531
17Tranmere298714-1831
18Carlisle288614-1730
19Crewe298615-2430
20Bristol City2951212-727
21Shrewsbury296914-1127
22Notts County308319-1327
23Sheff Utd276813-1226
24Stevenage277416-1825
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