Late goal helps secure safety for Gills.
Elliott List said it was a special feeling to score his first professional goal for the club, a goal which secured Gillingham’s League 1 status for another year.
The forward, who came on in the second half, rescued a point in the fourth minute of stoppage time with Dom Telford having put Bristol Rovers ahead in the 86th minute.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw, List said it was a great feeling considering what the goal meant for the club.
He said: “I tried to run in behind and bring energy into the team. When they scored the goal heads dropped but we tried to get each other going and thankfully we nicked it late and it was nice on a personal note to get my first goal, and such an important one, but it’s been a team effort throughout the whole season.
“I think I had my back to goal when I received it; I managed to turn one defender, shift it past another and tried to get a shot away into the corner, low, and it went in.
“I’ll save that one and keep it on my phone for a bit. Not only was it my first goal but it was an important one and in the last minute. All of those things added up and it made it that extra bit special.”
List said the team had spoken about recent performances and they decided to go back to basics which had given Gills so much joy earlier in the campaign.
He added: “We had a meeting and just said let’s go back to basics. Let’s keep working hard, we’re good enough and we’ve proved it. We got back to that today.
“It’s a massive relief and we can just chill now and in the last game we want to give the fans some encouragement for next season.
“We did well in the middle of the season, we haven’t been great recently but we’ve got over the line and that’s the main thing.”