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Gills retain hope of great escape

By Jack Nolan
April 26 2008

Gillingham still retain faint hope of survival in League One despite a late equaliser by Hasney Aljofree for Swindon, thanks to Oldham’s last minute winner of Cheltenham. Bournemouth’s victory over Crewe means they go above Gillingham and leaves Gills needing to go to Elland Road needing to win hoping their relegation rivals lose.

The Gills faced Swindon Town in a grudge-match that Gillingham needed to win, otherwise faced relegation based on Cheltenham’s and Millwall’s scores.


Gary Mulligan made a return to the Gillingham starting eleven, whilst Gary Lewis retained his place in midfield after an impressive performance against Bristol Rovers.


Gillingham got off to a dream start when after just a minute of playing The Gills were awarded a freekick, and defender Garry Richards latched onto Nicky Southall’s free kick to send The Gills into ecstasy.


Simon King came close to doubling The Gills’ advantage when his 18th minute header went over the bar.


Gary Mulligan returning to the Gillingham starting line-up then thought he should have been awarded a penalty as did most Gills fans, however referee Stuart Atwell instead gave a free kick on the edge of the penalty box. Nicky Southall’s effort from the free kick was easily saved by Swindon ‘keeper Petr Brezovan.


The Gills wasted several more chances but were then severely punished by Swindon for sitting back late on.


Swindon Town skipper Hasney Aljofree latched onto Morrison’s flick on from a late corner to deny Gillingham a crucial victory.


The draw now means that Gillingham have to go to Elland Road and win and hope Cheltenham land at home to Doncaster Rovers at Whaddon Road. Also The Gills will need Bournemouth’s six game winning run comes to an end at Carlisle who went above Gillingham today after their victory at home to Crewe Alexandra. Millwall are now safe thanks to their win over Carlisle. 

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Gills retain hope of great escape
Discussion started by GFC Online , 26/04/2008 18:30
GFC Online
26/04/2008 18:30
Gills retain hope of great escape

27/04/2008 12:45
Cant wait for this match, Bates is on record saying he cant wait to send Paul Scally's team down after his comments earlier in the season, the Leeds players are going to be well up for this one - GOING DOWN GOING DOWN GOING DOWN!

Bryan H
27/04/2008 13:20
Gills fans and Mr Scally. If Leeds get automatic promotion via arbitration we will have nothing to play for but pride when we meet next week saturday, then again we may want enforce KB's wish and commit you to League 2. Maybe your allegiances have now changed to back Leeds Utd's bid for justice ? What a situation you now find yourselves in! What goes around comes around. You should also be considering the financial implications of relegation. If your are indeed affected the current rules that your club voted for (out of self interest) will no doubt burden your club's bid for a CVA. Large serving of humble pie coming your way. To be honest I wouldn't wish it on any club, but Mr Scally has put you all in a position where you can expect little symapthy.

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