League One

Gillingham 3-1 Bury

Gillingham's players celebrate John Egan's winner against Bury
Gillingham are unbeaten at home after their first nine league matches this season

Dominic Samuel scored on his debut as Gillingham fought back to beat Bury and go top of the League One table.

Leon Clarke's header put the visitors ahead from a Danny Mayor cross, but on-loan Reading forward Samuel scored on the follow-up to level after John Ruddy saved Jake Hessenthaler's strike.

The Gills led 2-1 inside 10 minutes, Bradley Garmston's free-kick finding John Egan who fired the ball home.

And Emmanuel Osadabe's individual goal sealed the win with three minutes left.

Osadabe battled his way past several challenges and scored with a fine strike to ensure the Gills lead the table on goal difference from Coventry, who beat Colchester United.

But that scenario - and Gillingham's unbeaten home league record - was under threat when Clarke grabbed his 11th goal of the season after four minutes.

However, Samuel's cool finish and Egan's close-range effort completed a frenetic opening period and put the hosts in control.

Danny Rose had a header cleared off the line for the Shakers after the break but Gillingham, who have now won seven and drawn two of their nine home fixtures this season, capped their victory late on.

Gillingham and Bury's players pay
A minute's silence was observed prior to the match following the attacks in Paris on Friday
Gillingham's John Egan scores his side's winner against Bury
Gillingham defender and captain John Egan's strike was his fourth goal of the season

Bury manager David Flitcroft told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We made a fantastic start. It's a difficult place to come and to score so early and get a grip on the game.

"It's important that you focus and heighten your senses at that point. You've just put a wound into an animal there and it awakened them. They then put two balls into our box.

"We've got a young keeper in today who did fantastically well. We didn't protect him enough, I wanted my players to stand up at 1-0 and we didn't, so it then becomes difficult.

"It's 2-1 and then you're chasing the game."



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 4EganSubstituted forOshilajaat 90+8'minutes
  • 26LennonBooked at 50mins
  • 3Garmston
  • 44WrightSubstituted forMorrisat 85'minutes
  • 16Osadabe
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 23DackBooked at 63mins
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forMcDonaldat 85'minutes
  • 17Donnelly


  • 7Loft
  • 10McDonald
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 15Morris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 50Oshilaja


Formation 4-4-2

  • 34Ruddy
  • 2RileyBooked at 44mins
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 43mins
  • 27Cameron
  • 3Hussey
  • 22PughSubstituted forRoseat 60'minutes
  • 8MellisSubstituted forBrownat 79'minutes
  • 19Soares
  • 10Mayor
  • 9Clarke
  • 11Pope


  • 12Sedgwick
  • 20Burgess
  • 32Rose
  • 40Brown
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBury
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 3, Bury 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Bury 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Adedeji Oshilaja replaces John Egan because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Emmanuel Osadabe.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 3, Bury 1. Emmanuel Osadabe (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Aaron Morris replaces Josh Wright.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Cody McDonald replaces Dominic Samuel.

  11. Post update

    Danny Mayor (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Reece Brown (Bury).

  14. Post update

    Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Chris Hussey (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bury. Reece Brown replaces Jacob Mellis.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bury. Conceded by Harry Lennon.