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 Date: Saturday, 21st April 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Priestfield|
Whelpdale 52, 90+6 (pen)
|3 - 1||Swindon Town
|4||Charlie Lee (Spiller 71)|
|9||Danny Kedwell (Weston 82)|
|33||Jo Kuffour (Vine 73)|
|10||Curtis Weston (Kedwell 82)|
|23||Rowan Vine (Kuffour 73)|
|17||Daniel Spiller (Lee 71)|
|13||Oliver Risser (Smith 52)|
|22||Lee Holmes (Gabilondo 72)|
|17||Alan Connell (Murray 36)|
|21||Lander Gabilondo (Holmes 72)|
|34||Ronan Murray (Connell 36)|
|24||Jonathan Smith (Risser 52)|
|Gillingham cards shown|
|11 mins||Andy Frampton||Unsporting behaviour|
|34 mins||Danny Kedwell||Unsporting behaviour|
|56 mins||Danny Jackman||Unsporting behaviour|
|87 mins||Connor Essam||Unsporting behaviour|
|Swindon Town cards shown|