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Gillingham 4-1 Bristol Rovers

Gillingham claimed their first home league victory in three months by thrashing Bristol Rovers at Priestfield.

Following Joe Partington's foul on former Bristol City midfielder Scott Wagstaff, Mark Byrne saw his penalty saved by Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith but tapped home the rebound to open the scoring for the Gills.

Defender Alex Lacey doubled the hosts' advantage eight minutes before half-time, capping a surging forward run with a curled finish from 15 yards.

Josh Parker capitalised on dreadful Rovers defending to poke home his side's third 90 seconds after the break.

Byrne sealed their victory with his second after 53 minutes with the goal of the game, hitting a first-time volley into the top corner from Lee Martin's corner.

However, the Irish midfielder missed the chance to score his first career hat-trick in the 65th minute, shooting wide from the penalty spot following Smith's clumsy foul on Wagstaff.

Liam Sercombe scored a stoppage-time consolation for Rovers, curling into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5EhmerBooked at 90mins
  • 19Nugent
  • 4LaceySubstituted forGarmstonat 75'minutes
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 28ClareSubstituted forHessenthalerat 69'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 11MartinBooked at 67minsSubstituted forWilkinsonat 77'minutes
  • 14Parker
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 3Garmston
  • 6Zakuani
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 21List
  • 24Cundle

Bristol Rovers

  • 21SmithBooked at 65mins
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 7Sercombe
  • 22PartingtonSubstituted forBroomat 75'minutes
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forO Clarkeat 62'minutes
  • 10Bodin
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forNicholsat 67'minutes
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Nichols
  • 16Broadbent
  • 17Broom
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
4,227

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 4, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 4, Bristol Rovers 1.

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 4, Bristol Rovers 1. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Billy Bodin.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Bristol Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Conor Wilkinson replaces Lee Martin.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Broom replaces Joe Partington.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Garmston replaces Alex Lacey.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Nugent (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Sean Clare.

Attempt missed. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Lee Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Rory Gaffney.

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Gillingham).

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Mark Byrne should be disappointed.

Booking

Adam Smith (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Gillingham. Scott Wagstaff draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wigan21153342123048
2Shrewsbury21135328141444
3Blackburn21134439192043
4Bradford2213363526942
5Scunthorpe22116528171139
6Charlton2110562926335
7Portsmouth2211292724335
8Oxford Utd228773527831
9Rotherham2293103632430
10Peterborough218583332129
11Walsall217772930-128
12Southend227782534-928
13Fleetwood217682932-327
14Blackpool227692730-327
15Oldham227693640-427
16Bristol Rovers2290133340-727
17MK Dons226882532-726
18Doncaster2266102227-524
19Gillingham225892025-523
20Northampton2264121838-2022
21Rochdale214982328-521
22Plymouth2256111831-1321
23Wimbledon2155111526-1120
24Bury2145121929-1017
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