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Gillingham 1-2 Northampton Town

Northampton ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions with a crucial victory in their League One basement battle at Gillingham.

Danny Powell's low drive gave the Cobblers the lead against the run of play before Lee Martin equalised for the managerless Gills.

But Matt Grimes' deflected free-kick after 73 minutes gave Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side all three points as they leapfrogged their opponents in the drop zone.

The hosts nearly took the lead through Martin's fierce drive after 16 minutes, while Elliott List's shot soared wide after he brilliantly wriggled away from a crowd.

Just before the break, Powell found himself in space in a central position before striking in off the post from 25 yards out.

Aaron Pierre nearly doubled their lead after latching onto John Joe O'Toole's header but the centre-back's volley was well saved.

After 62 minutes, the Gills equalised when Josh Parker's searching ball found Martin, who neatly finished into the corner of the net.

But the visitors regained the lead when Grimes' free-kick from the right hit both posts and dropped in to give them victory.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6ZakuaniBooked at 89mins
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 28Clare
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 11Martin
  • 16Bingham
  • 14Parker
  • 9EavesSubstituted forGarmstonat 76'minutes
  • 21List

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 3Garmston
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 22Chapman
  • 24Cundle
  • 33Byrne

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 26Poole
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3BuchananBooked at 9mins
  • 29GrimesBooked at 86mins
  • 17McWilliamsBooked at 70mins
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forWatersat 75'minutes
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forFoleyat 64'minutes
  • 11Powell
  • 19LongSubstituted forRichardsat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Kasim
  • 7Waters
  • 8Foley
  • 9Richards
  • 15Bowditch
  • 20Smith
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,640

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Northampton Town 2.

Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Chris Long.

Booking

Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

Chris Long (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bingham (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Billy Bingham (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Sam Foley (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Garmston replaces Tom Eaves.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Billy Waters replaces Sam Hoskins.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Northampton Town 2. Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

Chris Long (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Regan Poole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury1511402491537
2Wigan1511222992035
3Bradford158342418627
4Charlton148332216627
5Rotherham158162819925
6Blackburn137241910923
7Oxford Utd156542618823
8Scunthorpe156541511423
9Blackpool146442018222
10Peterborough146352421321
11Fleetwood146352323021
12Portsmouth156271919020
13Southend155551926-720
14Walsall154742123-219
15MK Dons155461722-519
16Bristol Rovers156092329-618
17Rochdale153751518-316
18Doncaster154381720-315
19Wimbledon15438916-715
20Oldham144372331-815
21Bury143381621-512
22Northampton153391226-1412
23Gillingham15258919-1011
24Plymouth152491123-1210
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