Gillingham 3-1 Swindon- Match Report
Report of match 21st April 2012
Gillingham 3-1 Swindon- Match Report.
Robins up despite defeat
Swindon secured promotion from npower League Two despite Chris Whelpdale's double condemning them to a 3-1 defeat at Gillingham.
Defeat to Aldershot in midweek forced the Robins to wait for promotion and they looked set to extend the agony when Danny Kedwell and Whelpdale struck in the first half as the Gills looked to retain their faint play-off hopes.
But Torquay's loss at AFC Wimbledon League One football next season for Swindon despite Whelpdale securing victory from the spot after Alan McCormack reduced the arrears.
Alan Connell wasted a great chance to put Swindon ahead when he fired straight at Gills goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga before Kedwell's looping header from Charlie Lee's long throw put the hosts ahead on the 26th minute.
After Connell saw a second effort saved by Gazzaniga, manager Paolo Di Canio responded by hauling off his striker in the 36th minutes before Gillingham midfielder Lewis Montrose hit the bar on the stroke of half-time.
The Gills doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute as Whelpdale chipped over Phil Smith.
McCormack pulled one back for Swindon from 20 yards only for Whelpdale to wrap up the win with a late penalty after Jonathan Smith fouled Curtis Weston.
|Competition: npower League Two Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Priestfield Attendance: 6,390|
Whelpdale 52, 90+6 (pen)
|3 - 1||Swindon Town
|-||Match ends, Gillingham 3, Swindon Town 1.|
|90+0||Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Swindon Town 1.|
|90+0||Goal! Gillingham 3, Swindon Town 1. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.|
|87||Connor Essam (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|82||Substitution, Gillingham. Curtis Weston replaces Danny Kedwell.|
|81||Goal! Gillingham 2, Swindon Town 1. Alan McCormack (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Smith.|
|73||Substitution, Gillingham. Rowan Vine replaces Jo Kuffour.|
|72||Substitution, Swindon Town. Lander Gabilondo replaces Lee Holmes.|
|71||Substitution, Gillingham. Daniel Spiller replaces Charlie Lee.|
|69||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|60||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|57||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|56||Danny Jackman (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|52||Substitution, Swindon Town. Jonathan Smith replaces Oliver Risser.|
|52||Goal! Gillingham 2, Swindon Town 0. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.|
|-||Second Half begins Gillingham 1, Swindon Town 0.|
|45+0||First Half ends, Gillingham 1, Swindon Town 0.|
|37||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|36||Substitution, Swindon Town. Ronan Murray replaces Alan Connell.|
|34||Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|31||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|26||Goal! Gillingham 1, Swindon Town 0. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Lee.|
|11||Andrew Frampton (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|8||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|