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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:53 19th December 2009

John Nutter celebrates his first goal for the club

GILLINGHAM 3-1 STOCKPORT COUNTY

The efforts of dozens of volunteers who cleared 100 tons of snow from the pitch got their just reward as Gillingham claimed the points at a wintry krbs Priestfield.


The Gills started brightly on a cold afternoon at Priestfield, adapting to the conditions better than their opponents, they pressed forward looking to create the first chance of the game.


It came to Dennis Oli in the seventh minute but Owain Fon Williams was equal to the challenge. From the following Chris Palmer corner a Bentley flick on carried to Oli whose overhead kick found the net to put the home side in front.


Stockport responded quickly with Paul Turnbull trying his luck from distance but his 25 yard punt buried itself deep in the snow behind Alan Julian's goal.


On 22 minutes the Gills were unfortunate not to extend their advantage. Febian Brandy got a glancing header to Nutter's inswinging free kick only to see Fon Williams deny him with a sensational save.


The Gills went 2-0 up in the 27th minute, Simeon Jackson with a great through ball to the returning Febian Brandy, who took it past the last defender and rifled home a superb shot from a tight angle.


Five minutes later the home side struck again, Kevin Maher finding John Nutter with a cross field pass and the left back found the top corner with a ferocious volley from the edge of the box to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club with a stunning

strike.


HT 3-0


County were the first side to threaten after the restart with David Poole slicing inches wide of Julian's back post after good play by Oli Johnson. Perhaps following a lively half time team talk, the visitors looked much brighter in the second half and squandered a number of decent openings early in the half.


On 63 minutes Chris Ribeiro spurned the best of them, pulling his shot wide of Julian's right hand upright after a good run through the midfield.


They finally got their reward two minutes later as Captain Michael Rose found space to shoot from the edge of the penalty area, blasting beyond the flailing Julian.


In the 68th minute a partially cleared corner found it's way to Rose and the County skipper was denied a second by Julian's excellent save.


The home side recovered their composure as the half wore on, the only blot on proceedings being an 85th minute booking for Matt Fry which will see him miss the visit of Brentford on Boxing Day.


Attendance: 4769 (45 Visitors)


Gillingham: Alan Julian, Barry Fuller, Mark Bentley, Matt Fry, Chris Palmer, Dennis Oli (Mark McCammon 79), Curtis Weston (Rashid Yussuff 89), Kevin Maher, John Nutter, Simeon Jackson, Febian Brandy (Jack Payne 81).


Subs not used: Simon Locke, Tom Wynter, Stuart Lewis, Luke Rooney.


Stockport County: Owain Fon Williams, John Mullins, Michael Rose, Paul Turnbull, James Vincent (Danny Pilkington 64), Greg Tansey, Peter Thompson (73 Michael Raynes), Oli Johnson, David Poole (Adam Griffin 81), Chris Ribeiro, Matty McNeil.


Subs not used: Paul Gerrard, Andy Halls, Sam Barnes, Sam Hares.

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