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16:54 28th November 2009

Curtis Weston bursts through on goal


Gillingham head into the draw for the third round of the Cup with a comfortable win over League Two Burton Albion.

Stuart Lewis came into the starting line-up as a replacement for Kevin Maher as Mark Stimson continued with the 4-4-2 formation that brought another home win against Yeovil in midweek.

Gillingham pressed hard for the early goal with Brandy, Jackson and Lewis all going close in the first three minutes, Shane Redmond reacting well to keep out the latter pair.

On ten minutes the Burton defence parted as Curtis Weston waltzed through on goal before laying off to Simeon Jackson but his shot was stolen from his toes by a fine sliding tackle from Ryan Austin.

It would prove to be his last contribution to the game as Austin was sadly stretchered off moments later.

Burton's best chance came midway through the half as captain Guy Branston rose to meet a corner at the near post but headed the wrong side of the post.

Indeed the visitor's confidence grew as the half wore on and would arguably have been the happier of the two sides at the break

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The second half began in equally frustrating fashion for the Gills with no chances of note as the Brewers defence looked assured.

There were 63 minutes on the clock before Febian Brandy drew a save from Redmond, collecting the ball after Jackson had been knocked off it and letting fly with a stinging low drive.

A double substitution soon after had an immediate impact for the Gills as John Nutter's deep ball was flicked on to Curtis Weston via Barcham and Brandy, Weston took a touch and slotted home a deft angled finish into the far corner.

Fifteen minutes from time Weston turned provider teeing up Dennis Oli to shoot but his effort deflected wide of the mark.

A long clearance from Josh Gowling sent Jackson goalside of the Brewers defence in the 84th minute, the Gills leading scorer beat Redmond but watched on in frustration as his slice rolled wide of the far post.

At the death Weston could have claimed a brace as Mark McCammon sent the free scoring midfielder clear but a heavy touch carried the ball though to Redmond before Weston could apply the finish.

Attendance: 4996 (199 visitors)

Gillingham: Simon Royce, Barry Fuller, Josh Gowling, Matt Fry, Chris Palmer (John Nutter 69), Mark Bentley, Curtis Weston, Stuart Lewis (Dennis Oli 69), Andy Barcham, Febian Brandy (Mark McCammon 89), Simeon Jackson.

Subs not used: Kevin Maher, Alan Julian, Jack Payne, Luke Rooney.

Burton Albion: Shane Redmond, Aaron Webster, Michael Simpson, Tony James, John McGrath, Shaun Harrad (79 Greg Pearson), Ryan Austin (Aaron Brown 14), Russell Penn, Guy Branston, Kieron Cadogan (Serge Makofo 66), Steve Kabba.

Subs not used: Kevin Poole, Darren Stride, Jacques Maghoma, Richard Walker.


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