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22 May 2013

A look back at the promotion winning campaign

Richard Day continues his review of the record-breaking 2012-13 League Two title winning campaign, we are into November…

The month started with an impressive FA Cup victory over League One Scunthorpe United on November 3.

Goals from Matt Fish, Deon Burton, Danny Kedwell and Adam Birchall, his first for the club, saw Brian Laws ‘Iron’ overwhelmed 4-0 in the First Round Proper.

Gillingham certainly had the chances to beat visiting Cheltenham Town at Priestfield four days later but having failed to capitalise on them they had to settle for a point from an entertaining goalless draw.

The Gills boss paid his opposite number credit after the game when admitting "I thought they were very dangerous in the first half. Mark [Yates, Cheltenham boss] has put together a really good team.”

This was followed by the long haul down to Plymouth Argyle on the 10th where Adam Barrett netted a late equaliser against his former club as the two sides shared four goals.

Twice Argyle went in front through Curtis Nelson and Luke Young but both times Gillingham showed plenty of character to hit back through first Ben Strevens, who found the bottom corner from six yards, then the skipper ‘s bullet header, his first goal for the club, with just two minutes remaining.

It was another late goal, this time a winner, which finally saw off Morecambe in a thrilling home encounter on November 17.

Lewis Montrose had put the Gills ahead before Jack Redshaw levelled matters when tapping home a Kevin Ellison cross.

With just seconds left to play a pin-point Fish cross found Burton who showed excellent close control before beating Barry Roche with a powerful volley.

Next up was a see-saw home battle that ended with Exeter City leaving for the West Country with all three points.

A superb defence-splitting pass from Montrose sent Chris Whelpdale through to give the Gills a fourth minute lead but the Grecians fought back to go in front after both Alan Gow and Jamie Cureton found the net.

A 79th minute stunner from Danny Jackman, he cracked home a long distance effort, looked to have secured a point until Cureton, who had just seen Stuart Nelson keep out his penalty, was in the right place to nod home the winner from six yards.

The month ended with 10-man Gillingham picking up a point against Accrington Stanley at a very wet Crown Ground.

Myles Weston gave the Gills a 42nd minute lead with a low shot from the edge of the area but the home side equalised from the spot in the latter stages after Stuart Nelson saw red for bringing down Padraig Amond.

Reds player-coach James Beattie, the former England international, converted the penalty past substitute Tommy Forecast.  

League form - DDWLD          League position at the end of the month – Top

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