Young Gills side defeated by West Ham in midweek friendly.
A young Gillingham `B` team were defeated 5-1 by West Ham at Rush Green on Tuesday.
Three goals in a 20 minute period in the first-half put the Hammers in complete control and they netted twice more after the interval to all but seal victory. However Gills did get a deserved goal when Ronald Sithole's cross was guided home by substiute, Harry Waldock.
Mark Moss and Keith Millen were in the dugout for the game and named Alex Giles, Sam Gale, Will de Wilde and Kieron Agbebi in the starting XI.
An 11th minute corner put West Ham in front with a second coming shortly after when a pass from the left byline found an oncoming runner, and the finish was too good for Taite Holtam.
Gills nearly pulled one back when Sithole forced a defensive error and a defender did well to chase after the loose ball before clearing off the line.
The hosts got a third soon after, also coming as a result of a corner. The initial cross, pumched away by Holtam, was recycled and a close range effort all but secured the win.
Following the interval West Ham continued to control proceedings and a fantastic long range effort on 55 minutes sealed the deal for the Hammers. They bagged a fifth on 81 minutes when a composed shot from the left side of the box found the back of the net.
Gills continued to ask questions and got the goal their efforts warranted on 87 minutes when Waldock, on for de Wilde, found space inside the penalty area and connected well from Sithole's box to fire home.
F/T: West Ham United 5-1 Gillingham B
Gills: Holtam, Orji, Webster, Gale, Giles, de Wilde (Waldock 80), Reeves (Taiwo-Pratt 46), Agbebi (Garrett 73), Macarthur, Sithole, Gbode (Bayliss 60).
Unused subs: Smith, Woodliffe, Murray