Match ends, Blackpool 4, Gillingham 1.
Jerry Yates bagged a brace as buoyant Blackpool swept aside Gillingham 4-1 and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games.
Sullay Kaikai and Elliot Embleton were also on the scoresheet in a comprehensive win for the promotion-chasers at Bloomfield Road, with Jordan Graham replying for the visitors.
Yates gave Blackpool the perfect start when he rifled into the bottom corner after five minutes.
He wasted a great chance to double the hosts' lead when he headed wide in the 13th minute and the miss proved costly as Graham levelled a minute later with a sweet strike.
The visitors were not level for long as Yates latched on to Luke Garbutt's free-kick and slotted home his 20th goal of the season in all competitions.
Kaikai's stinging drive on the half-hour gave the hosts a two-goal cushion going into the break after which Chris Maxwell denied Jack Tucker with a smart save.
With just under half an hour to play, Kaikai set up Embleton to seal a victory which lifts the Seasiders to fifth.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 32EmbletonBooked at 39minsSubstituted forLawrence-Gabrielat 67'minutes
- 10KaikaiSubstituted forMitchellat 86'minutes
- 9YatesSubstituted forRobsonat 86'minutes
- 4O'KeefeBooked at 34mins
- 16MacDonaldSubstituted forLeeat 59'minutes
- 15AkindeSubstituted forSamuelat 60'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackpool 4, Gillingham 1.
Foul by Ellis Simms (Blackpool).
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jack Tucker (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Olly Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Samuel.
Ethan Robson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Gillingham).
Foul by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).
Jordan Graham (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Blackpool).
Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Tucker.
Offside, Gillingham. Thomas O'Connor tries a through ball, but Jordan Graham is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Ellis Simms (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kyle Dempsey.
Attempt blocked. Ellis Simms (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Connor Ogilvie.