Match ends, Colchester United 1, Gillingham 2.
Gillingham boosted their League One survival hopes with a win that leaves Colchester second from bottom in the table.
Joe Martin's close-range finish gave the Gills the lead after home defender Kaspars Gorkss had inadvertently nodded into his path.
Bradley Dack doubled the lead at the near post from Cody McDonald's cross.
Sammie Szmodics turned in Sean Clohessy's pass to reduce the deficit but the visitors held on.
- 20ClohessySubstituted forSanchez Wattat 87'minutes
- 6EastmondSubstituted forSzmodicsat 46'minutes
- 41HewittSubstituted forHealeyat 82'minutes
- 7Sanchez Watt
- 15MorrisSubstituted forDickensonat 75'minutes
- 4EganBooked at 89mins
- 3MartinBooked at 53mins
- 23DackSubstituted forLinganziat 46'minutes
- 19NorrisBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKedwellat 67'minutes
- Graham Horwood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Gillingham 2.
Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Michael Doughty (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rhys Healey (Colchester United).
Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
John Egan (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Egan (Gillingham).
Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Sean Clohessy.
Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Colchester United. Rhys Healey replaces Elliott Hewitt.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by John Egan.
Substitution, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Aaron Morris.
Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Amine Linganzi.
Freddie Sears (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Lennon (Gillingham).
Substitution, Gillingham. Danny Kedwell replaces Luke Norris.