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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Gillingham

Callum Reilly scored and was later sent off as Gillingham battled their way to victory over struggling Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors took an eighth-minute lead when, with Rovers appealing for offside earlier in the move, Elliott List was allowed space to move forward and fire home with a low 20-yard drive.

Reilly doubled the advantage after 59 minutes, moving on to a pass from Tom Eaves and drilling a shot from 25 yards that beat Rovers' substitute goalkeeper Adam Smith.

Liam Sercombe reduced the arrears with a sweet free-kick from 30 yards in the 87th minute and came close to an equaliser during eight minutes of stoppage time, volleying against a post.

Reilly's red card came after 70 minutes when he dived into a challenge on Sercombe in the middle of the pitch.

Smith was a 49th-minute replacement for Jack Bonham after the Rovers goalkeeper had gone down injured with nobody near him.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13BonhamSubstituted forSmithat 49'minutes
  • 22Partington
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 29Martin
  • 7Sercombe
  • 14Lines
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forMatthewsat 69'minutes
  • 23Bennett
  • 10Nichols
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forPayneat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Upson
  • 9Payne
  • 15J Clarke
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 26Matthews

Gillingham

  • 1HolyBooked at 90mins
  • 12Fuller
  • 6ZakuaniSubstituted forGarmstonat 15'minutes
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 33Byrne
  • 13ReillyBooked at 70mins
  • 15ListSubstituted forO'Neillat 82'minutes
  • 20OldakerSubstituted forBinghamat 83'minutes
  • 9Eaves
  • 14ParkerBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 2O'Neill
  • 3Garmston
  • 7Hanlan
  • 16Bingham
  • 23Mbo
  • 24Rees
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
6,983

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Gillingham 2.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

Tomas Holy (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

Barry Fuller (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Billy Bingham.

Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Gillingham 2. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Billy Bingham replaces Darren Oldaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Luke O'Neill replaces Elliott List.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tomas Holy.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Josh Parker (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Callum Reilly (Gillingham) is shown the red card.

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

Foul by Callum Reilly (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Sam Matthews replaces Stuart Sinclair.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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