Bristol Rovers 0-2 Gillingham- Report
Report of match 5th January 2013
Bristol Rovers 0-2 Gillingham- Report.
Class strikes give Gills victory
First-half goals from Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton gave npower League Two leaders Gillingham a hard-fought 2-0 victory at improving Bristol Rovers.
The visitors took a fourth minute lead when Whelpdale was given room to turn inside the box and lashed an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner from 15 yards.
Rovers battled back well to hit a post through John-Joe O'Toole before Burton produced a moment of quality a minute before the break, lifting the ball over his marker before burying a fierce volley from eight yards,
Rovers look a better unit under new boss John Ward but the Gills defended their lead with tenacity and skill after the break, restricting their hosts to few sights of goal.
Ward's men also looked secure at the back, despite the loss of skipper Garry Kenneth to injury just before half-time.
But Gillingham's extra quality showed in a game of precious few clear scoring opportunities.
|Competition: npower League Two Date: Saturday, 5th January 2013 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Memorial Stadium|
||0 - 2||Gillingham
|5||Garry Kenneth (Norburn 45+2)|
|11||Fabian Broghammer (Harding 75)|
|16||Joe Anyinsah (Hitchcock 45)|
|15||Oliver Norburn (Kenneth 45+2)|
|18||Mitch Harding (Broghammer 75)|
|27||Tom Hitchcock (Anyinsah 45)|
|24||Myles Weston (Allen 72)|
|17||Adam Birchall (Gregory 56)|
|20||Deon Burton (Kedwell 56)|
|9||Danny Kedwell (Burton 56)|
|14||Charlie Allen (Weston 72)|
|28||Steven Gregory (Birchall 56)|
|Bristol Rvs. cards shown|
|Gillingham cards shown|