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Crofts makes it 10 points from possible 12


By Jack Nolan
April 29 2007

Andrew Crofts scored his ninth goal of the season when he initially headed Gillingham into the lead at Dean Court on Saturday. James Hayter equalised for The Cherries who after the match were mathematically safe which caused a pitch invasion from Bournemouth fans. Then Gills fans got in on the act! AFC Bournemouth.1.1.Gillingham FC
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Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson missed the game as he was on a scouting trip to Scotland, apparently watching St. Johnstone player Jason Scotland.

Meanwhile, Matt Jarvis started on the bench aiming to make his first appearance since February.

Shortly before kick off, a minutes applause occurred in celebration of the life of Alan Ball who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 61.

About 1,500 Gillingham fans were out singing the 6,500 Cherries fans with ease, with Cherries needing a point to secure their safety and then for Bradford to lose.

It was Gillingham who started the brighter, dominating most of the game. Gills' Danny Jackman was the first to really test the Cherries 'keeper with a decent long range effort.

Former England international Darren Anderton was back in the Cherries side, and almost scored a stunning long range effort when his 25 yard lob was brilliantly kept out by on loan 'keeper Simon Royce.

Gillingham fans then raised the roof when The Gills deservedly took the lead. Craig Stone crossed for Andy Crofts who headed The Gills into the lead who scored his ninth goal of the season.

But, The Cherries should have equalised shortly after. When Steve Fletcher somehow missed from close range following Cooper's cross.

Despite The Gills dominating the first half, the sides were to go in all square when with the last kick of the game James Hayter beat Simon Royce with a decent strike from the edge of the Gillingham box - the 75th goal that The Gills have conceded so far this season.

Half way into the second half, Matt Jarvis was brought into replace Clint Easton. Jarvis had his name sung by every following Gillingham fan, then the chants "you're Gills, and you know you are" were sung to him.

A dull second half though saw very few chances but the Gillingham fans made it a great day out with a party atmosphere throughout the whole game.

Following the final whistle the Bournemouth fans ran onto the pitch in celebration of them beating the drop, so The Gills fans ran onto the pitch in celebration of a point away from home!

The Gills face a tough task of Yeovil next at home, hoping to get the points to see them finish the season in the top half of the League One table.

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