Gills move clear with victory

Gillingham took advantage of the depleted League Two fixture

list to extend their lead at the top with a 1-0 win over

Accrington.

Matt Fish unleashed a fierce left-footed strike from the edge of

the box that cannoned home off the underside of the bar for the

only goal after 24 minutes.

Peter Murphy and Francis Jeffers both had chances to equalise

for Accrington after the break but were thwarted by goalkeeper

Stuart Nelson as the Gills moved eight points clear at the summit,

although having played a game more than their nearest rivals.

Gillingham nearly took the lead six minutes before Fish’s fine

effort, with Accrington defender Tom Aldred on hand to clear a Deon

Burton header off the line.

Aldred made another good clearance from Danny Kedwell moments

later before Chris Whelpdale found Fish, who fired home a

spectacular effort from 18 yards.

Kedwell and Joe Martin wasted good chances to double

Gillingham’s lead before the break while Nelson was equal to a

drilled low effort from Murphy and a 25-yard strike from Jeffers

afterwards.