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Preview | Gillingham v West Ham United U21

Steve Evans set to make a number of changes for the visit of West Ham in the Papa John's Trophy.

26 October 2021

Aaron Chapman, Harvey Lintott, Gerald Sithole, Ben Reeves, Olly Lee and Charlie Kelman could all start for Gills in the club's final Papa John's Trophy group stage fixture.

Gillingham v West Ham United Under 21’s

Papa John's Trophy

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Tuesday October 26

Kick-Off, 7pm


Team News:

Steve Evans is set to make several changes following the 2-2 draw against Bolton on Saturday. Bailey Akehurst, Aaron Chapman, Gerald Sithole, Harvey Lintott, Ben Reeves, Olly Lee and Charlie Kelman could all start.

A win for Gills would put them through to the next round of the competition. However a defeat would mean the club are unable to qualify.


Pierre-Emmanuel Ekwah Elimby could return from suspension after his sending off against Ipswich. Krisztián Hegyi, Harrison Ashby, Jamal Baptiste and Keenan Appiah-Forson may all start.


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - “Tuesday will be of no interest to me other than watching what players demonstrate, by performance, they should be starting on a regular basis.

“Telling me in my office they deserve to start matches cuts no ice, they get in by performing on the grass.”



Ticket Information:


Please remember that kick-off for the fixture is 7pm. The lower tier of the Medway Stand will be available for Gills supporters.

For more information about the game, please click here.



Gillingham win - 29/20

Draw - 5/2

West Ham United Under 21’s win - 29/20

Special Bet: Gillingham to win 3-1- 16/1


Match Officials:

Referee - Craig Hicks

Assistants - Michael Chard and Matthew Lee

Fourth Official - Damith Bandara



The game will be available to watch on iFollow for a one off fee of just £10!

Click here to purchase your pass, where commentary will also be available through the team at BBC Radio Kent.

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