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Gillingham 1-1 Swindon Town

“We were always in control of the game.” These were the words of the very disappointed Gillingham manager Mark Stimson, as his side conceded a late equaliser to give Swindon Town a share of the spoils at the KRBS Priestfield Stadium.

It was a crucial match for the Gills, as they needed to avoid defeat and hope Cheltenham Town lost to give them any hope of staying up. And the Gills got off to the perfect start when Garry Richards scored in the 2nd minute.  But after leading for 86 minutes, the Gills surrendered their 1-0 advantage when Hasney Aljofree equalised for the Robins in the 88th minute.

This was the fourth time in a row the Gills had taken the lead then lost it, and manager Mark Stimson believes his side should be more clinical in front of goal, saying: “Sometimes it is good goalkeeping and sometimes it could be forwards slashing at opportunities when they are not relaxed as they haven’t scored for a few weeks; they might be an eager beaver to score. I don’t think we created too much at Millwall but since then, we’ve created better chances. It tells everyone a stat that we need to bring a striker into the club that is a regular 15 to 20 goal a season man. They don’t fall off trees and are hard to get. If we can get a big one to go alongside a couple of the smaller guys we’ve got, then it will be a positive move by the football club. That is something we will look to do whatever division we are in.”

Today’s result at Priestfield means the Gills still have a chance of staying up, as Cheltenham lost 2-1 away to Oldham Athletic. The Gills players paraded the pitch at the end of the game, and manager Mark Stimson was amazed by the support he received from the club’s fans: “It amazed me walking around the pitch that so many people stayed behind and clapped. That makes me even more eager to turn this into something good. I got a massive buzz out of that.”

Gillingham: 22 Derek Stillie, 37 Garry Richards (scored 2 mins), 4 Danny Cullip, 5 Simon King, 35 John Nutter, 11 Nicky Southall, 7 Andrew Crofts, 27 Kevin Maher, 39 Stuart Lewis (replaced by Georges Ba 91 mins), 9 Gary Mulligan (replaced by Dennis Oli 67 mins), 20 Simeon Jackson

Gillingham Subs: 30 Leroy Griffiths, 28 Dennis Oli (replaced Gary Mulligan 67 mins), 24 Georges Ba (replaced Stuart Lewis 91 mins), 8 Mark Bentley, 13 Chris Kiely

Swindon Town: 12 Peter Brezovan, 2 Jack Smith (replaced by Ben Joyce 86 mins), 5 Jerel Ifil (replaced by Sean Morrison 34mins), 16 Hasney Aljofree (scored 88 mins), 3 Jamie Vincent, 18 Michael Timlin, 10 Jon-Paul McGovern, 8 Craig Easton, 27 Anthony McNamee (replaced by Billy Paynter 68 mins), 31 Simon Cox, 4 Lee Peacock

Swindon Town Subs: 35 Ben Joyce (replaced Jack Smith 86 mins), 25 Sean Morrison (replaced Jerel Ifil 34 mins), 20 Billy Paynter (replaced Anthony McNamee 68 mins), 24 Chris Allen, 1 Phil Smith

Result: 1-1    Attendance: 6,334

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