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Fleetwood Town 2-1 Gillingham

Ash Hunter scored a late volley to help Fleetwood overcome Gillingham.

The sides cancelled each other out in the opening exchanges before a dazzling run from Kyle Dempsey opened up a slumbering Gills defence.

The on-loan Huddersfield midfielder's shot looked to be heading for the far corner, with David Ball sticking out a leg in a crowded box to see it home.

It was the only real chance for either side in a drab and occasionally ugly first 45 minutes - which threatened to boil over when Chris Herd was booked on the stroke of half time after an elbow on Ball.

Gillingham's only opportunity came when Frank Nouble battered his way into the box, a low blast held comfortably by Chris Neal.

The visitors did find a way through early in the second half. Fleetwood struggled to clear their lines from a corner with Jake Hessenthaler firing home from the edge of the area.

Chris Long very nearly put the hosts back in front, timing his run perfectly to race onto speculative punt by keeper Neal, but his shot dragged across the face and was tipped wide.

Fleetwood had a better chance still when substitute Hunter sprang Jimmy Ryan on a breakaway, the return ball too heavy for Hunter to be able to take advantage.

Hunter was rewarded with eight minutes left after Conor McLaughlin fed him at the near post to volley home his fifth of the campaign.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Fleetwood

  • 1Neal
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Pond
  • 12BolgerBooked at 77mins
  • 3Bell
  • 28SowerbySubstituted forNirennoldat 54'minutes
  • 34Dempsey
  • 8Ryan
  • 11Grant
  • 19LongSubstituted forHunterat 68'minutes
  • 10BallSubstituted forColeat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jónsson
  • 5Eastham
  • 15Nirennold
  • 21Cairns
  • 22Hunter
  • 23Woolford
  • 44Cole

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 4HerdBooked at 45minsSubstituted forPaskat 81'minutes
  • 5Ehmer
  • 12Konchesky
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 44Wright
  • 11KnottBooked at 41mins
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forListat 88'minutes
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forDonnellyat 88'minutes
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 9Donnelly
  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 18Pask
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21List
  • 33Byrne
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
2,600

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Gillingham 1.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Frank Nouble (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Josh Wright.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Paul Konchesky.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Frank Nouble.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Rory Donnelly replaces Cody McDonald.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Gillingham 1. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Pask replaces Chris Herd because of an injury.

Delay in match Max Ehmer (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Billy Knott (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Devante Cole replaces David Ball.

Booking

Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Frank Nouble (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt blocked. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay in match Jimmy Ryan (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cian Bolger.

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ashley Hunter replaces Chris Long.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Chris Long (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Billy Knott (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Chris Long (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Chris Long (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Chris Long (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Victor Nirennold replaces Jack Sowerby.

goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe16104236162034
2Bolton169432011931
3Bradford167812214829
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Northampton166642723424
6Rochdale167361918124
7Peterborough166552619723
8Bristol Rovers156542422223
9Wimbledon166552321223
10Fleetwood156452219322
11Port Vale166462024-422
12Walsall155642021-121
13Millwall156362527-221
14Charlton154831814420
15Bury166282425-120
16Southend165561825-720
17Oxford Utd165471820-219
18Gillingham164572229-717
19Coventry153751317-416
20MK Dons164482025-516
21Swindon164481623-716
22Oldham16367918-915
23Chesterfield153391622-612
24Shrewsbury162591629-1311
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