Gillingham 1-0 Aldershot

Promotion-chasing Gillingham held on to beat Aldershot Town despite ending the game with 10 men.

The Gills dominated the first half and led within seconds of the restart when Danny Jackman fired home in a crowded area from Danny Kedwell's pass.

The hosts had defender Joe Martin sent off with 29 minutes remaining for a second booking.

Scott Davies had a chance to level when he went through one-on-one but Ross Flitney was alert to deny him.


Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think it's one of the best results of the season, for two reasons. Firstly we needed to bounce back from Friday's defeat, and secondly we were down to 10 men for more than half an hour.

"It shows what great characters we've got in the dressing room. That siege mentality, togetherness and work rate has seen us through again.

"We were frustrated by Aldershot at times, but we kept passing the ball around, I'm proud of the boys.

"I'm a little disappointed in Joe Martin for getting sent off, but, a first booking after 50 seconds? The referee has to give the players a chance."

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"To lose four players from the weekend and not have them there today, did we miss them? Possibly. Would you go into the game without them? No.

"It was a tough ask and I can't fault their commitment, but sometimes the lack of quality is there.

"Looking at the chances created, we've certainly had enough to get something from the game.

"We opened them up, passed the ball and created chances but we didn't take those chances."

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