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Gills win away for just the third time this season


Headed winner

By Jack Nolan
April 15 2007

Andrew Crofts scored an injury time header to earn Gillingham just their third away win this season. The Gills also earnt their first clean sheet away from The Priestfield this season. Crofts' last minute header at Saltergate has worsened the Spireites relegation fears to League Two. Chesterfield.0.1.Gillingham
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The Gills started the game with just one change to the line-up with Dale Tonge coming into the starting eleven.

The Gills went into the game having not kept a clean sheet away from Priestfield all season, the last time they kept one came in The Gills' one nil win at Southend, almost exactly a year ago.

The Gills did make a bright start with some early chances, but Chesterfield came closest to taking the lead when Ward cut inside Cox and shot at goal but for Larrieu - in his penultimate game of his current loan deal, to save well.

Larrieu went onto keep several decent efforts by Chesterfield out. Then, against the run of play, The Gills went on the attack and Danny Jackman unleashed a stunning 25 yard effort only to be denied by the Chesterfield 'keeper.

The second half saw Chesterfield dominate and just short of 75 minutes, Nicky Southall kept the scores level when he cleared Alex Baileys shot off of the line.

Gillingham fans are normally used to be disappointed by last minute winners from the opposition away from Priestfield, but it was Gillingham's turn this time round when Mark Bentleys cross was met by Andrew Crofts who headed home for his eighth goal of the season in the 91st minute. That goal meaning that a run of 63 games without a goalless draw would continue to 64 for Gillingham.

The win also ensures Gillinghams League One status for next season.

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Ronnie Jepson

"Three points are priceless," said Jepson, "and it's fantastic for the supporters to see us get a clean sheet and a win away from home.

"We've worked hard for it and I'm pleased to put a smile on the supporters' faces for a change away from home.

"I couldn't ask for any more from the players who went out there, and I've got to give them credit.

"We knew that Chesterfield were going to come at us all guns blazing, but we soaked it up and got the goal at the end."

"We don't have a massive squad," he added, "and perhaps people don't realise how hard myself and my staff work. The chairman said the budget had to be reduced so it's a great achievement to stay in this league this season.

"I also understand that the fans want better and I think they deserve more quality, but the boys couldn't have given much more for me this season."

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