After losing 2-1 in a must-win game, Gillingham will be playing their football in League Two next season. The Gills needed to win, and hope that relegation rivals Cheltenham and Bournemouth lost, to survive in League One. But it wasn’t to be as the Gills lost 2-1, in a game that in the end the result wouldn’t of mattered for the Gills, as Cheltenham Town were victorious over promotion hope-fuls Doncaster Rovers, winning 2-1 to ensure their League One status.
The game started brightly for the Gills, and in the 20th minute they got their reward when Simeon Jackson took advantage of a defensive error to round the keeper and slot home to give the Gills a much needed lead. However, ifÂ the scoreline was to mean anything for the Gills, then both Cheltenham and Bournemouth had to be losing, but they weren’t, and in the end didn’t lose, which meant relegation for the Gills, and Bournemouth as well due to Cheltenham’s victory over Doncaster.
Gillingham’s hopes of League One survival wereÂ all but goneÂ when Bradley Johnson equalised for Leeds in the 69th minute, with a fine finish from the edge of the box that flew past Derek Stillie and into the top corner. The home side then took the lead in the 88th minute, when Tresor Kandol broke through the defence and fired the ball past Derek Stillie, to destroyÂ the Gill’s hopes of League One survival, and condemn them to League Two football next season.
So in the end frustration for players and fans alike, as Gillingham FC, a club who set a target of being in the play-offs come the end of the season, end their season relegated, and condemned to playing League Two football next season, playing against the likes of Morecambe and Aldershot Town, a stark contrast to Leeds United and the 40,000 capacity Elland Road.