League One
GillinghamGillingham3ScunthorpeScunthorpe United2
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 3, Scunthorpe United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Scunthorpe United 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matt Crooks (Scunthorpe United).

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies replaces David Mirfin.

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Ivan Toney replaces Tom Hopper.

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