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Gillingham 3-2 Scunthorpe United

Josh Wright
Josh Wright claimed the match ball after taking his goal tally for the season to 12

A hat-trick of penalties for Josh Wright against his former club completed a remarkable turnaround for Gillingham, who recovered from two goals down to beat Scunthorpe.

Paddy Madden turned home Kevin van Veen's cross from 10 yards out after just four minutes to put the promotion-chasing Iron ahead.

Max Ehmer had a header cleared off the line by Stephen Dawson, but the visitors enjoyed the best of the play with Nelson denying Madden and Van Veen time and time again either side of half-time.

Harry Toffolo's 25-yard effort looked to have put the game to bed with 15 minutes remaining, but when Matt Crooks fouled Bradley Dack and Wright got his first, the hosts could smell blood.

And remarkably referee Robert Lewis awarded two more penalties to Gillingham in the final 10 minutes, the first for a handball in the area before Van Veen brought down Wright.

And the 27-year-old midfielder made no mistake with either spot-kick to fire his side to the unlikeliest of wins. It was also the first hat-trick from any Gills player since 2011.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 5EhmerBooked at 26mins
  • 31Rehman
  • 4HerdBooked at 34minsSubstituted forOsadebeat 45'minutes
  • 14MartinSubstituted forHessenthalerat 74'minutes
  • 33ByrneBooked at 90mins
  • 44Wright
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 23Dack
  • 10McDonald
  • 17QuigleySubstituted forParkerat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 19Parker
  • 21List
  • 22Dickenson
  • 29Muldoon
  • 30Holy

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 33ClarkeBooked at 88mins
  • 5Wallace
  • 6MirfinSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 15ToffoloBooked at 85mins
  • 8Dawson
  • 26NessSubstituted forBishopat 75'minutes
  • 30Crooks
  • 9MaddenBooked at 50mins
  • 10van VeenBooked at 70mins
  • 14HopperSubstituted forToneyat 87'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 2Wiseman
  • 12Bishop
  • 13Anyon
  • 19Holmes
  • 20Goode
  • 24Toney
  • 28Davies
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
6,851

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Scunthorpe United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Scunthorpe United 2.

Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Scunthorpe United).

Booking

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Foul by Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies replaces David Mirfin.

Booking

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Ivan Toney replaces Tom Hopper.

Booking

Josh Wright (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Scunthorpe United 2. Josh Wright (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Gillingham. Josh Wright draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Scunthorpe United 2. Josh Wright (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Scunthorpe United 2. Josh Wright (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Gillingham. Bradley Dack draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matt Crooks (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Neal Bishop replaces Jamie Ness.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Lee Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 0, Scunthorpe United 2. Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Parker replaces Joe Quigley.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood361810854361864
3Bolton35189850311963
4Bradford371517549341562
5Scunthorpe3717101063432061
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend361412105345854
8Bristol Rovers371412115654254
9Walsall371314104545053
10Oxford Utd35157134639752
11Rochdale34148125048250
12Peterborough37148155050050
13Wimbledon361114114746147
14Charlton371016114743446
15Northampton37137175460-646
16Gillingham371112145059-945
17MK Dons361111144747044
18Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
19Bury37118185464-1041
20Oldham37913152336-1340
21Port Vale34911143854-1638
22Swindon3799193753-1636
23Chesterfield3788213358-2532
24Coventry36511203056-2626
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