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Three Goals, Three Wins for the Mighty Gills

Gillingham made it three wins in a row today with a fantastic 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town at the KRBS Priestfield Stadium. Goals from Simeon Jackson, Mark McCammon, and Charlie Daniels gave Gillingham a much deserved win.

As it seems to be in previous games this season, Gillingham started the brightest, creating more chances and dominating possession. They had their first half chance on two minutes; Dennis Oli with a header on goal from a Simon King free-kick. It was straight at the keeper, but it showed Gillingham’s attacking intent.

The first real chance for Gillingham fell to Charlie Daniels, when on 20 minutes the midfielder found space on the edge of the area before unleashing a goal bound effort, which was deflected out for a goal kick by teammate Simeon Jackson, as the Canadian could not get out of the way quick enough.

After starting rather poorly, Grimsby wanted their say in the game and had a great chance on 25 minutes. Simon Royce was called into action to save a good effort from Peter Till, but the ex-Charlton goalkeeper palmed straight into the path of Nick Hegarty, who would’ve scored had it not been for a crucial tackle from Barry Fuller.

Simeon Jackson had a good chance on 29 minutes, when he broke away from the Grimsby defence after being played through by a Dennis Oli header. His half-volley looked to be going in until Grimsby keeper Phil Barnes got down low to push it out to the safety of a corner.

Gillingham failed to convert from the corner, but didn’t fail from another one five minutes later. John Nutter put a corner in from the right that was flicked on by Dennis Oli, and into the path of Simeon Jackson, who made no mistake and headed in to give Gillingham a deserved lead.

Stuart Lewis had a chance to double the lead minutes later, after being teed up by Gary Mulligan. The midfielder had his effort deflected wide however, and the Gills created little more in the remainder of the first half.

The second half didn’t start brightly for either side, although the Gills had the better possession and perhaps the better chances. Curtis Weston, replacing Stuart Lewis, had the Gills’ first chance following the interval with a low effort on 51 minutes. Barnes made a good save however, to deny Gillingham their second of the game.

The Gills became more comfortable as the half wore on, and were guilty of complacency on 61 minutes. Substitute Danny North, who came on for Simon Heslop, smashed a shot from 25 yards that looked to be going over. That was until it hit the underside of the crossbar, unlucky not to deflect in. A scare for Royce and Gillingham, who thought the ball would go over for a goal kick.

Gillingham then woke up, and responded nine minutes later, when Barbados international Mark McCammon made it 2-0. After having a first attempt blocked, Simeon Jackson flicked the ball back to McCammon to have a second attempt. The giant striker didn’t fail this time as he slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. The goal was McCammon’s first ever goal for Gillingham, and the first goal of the season in front of the Brian Moore stand.

The Gills sealed the win two minutes from time, when a moment of magic from Charlie Daniels sent the Gillingham fans into ecstasy. The midfielder showed his Tottenham Hotspur quality with an exquisite free kick from 30 yards that curled into the top left corner, leaving Phil Barnes no chance.

So it was another victory for Gillingham, meaning they now have three wins in a row and have pushed up into a play-off place in the League Two table. A great performance by Gillingham, and one that will go a long way to help ease the pain following last season’s disappointment.

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