Fortress Priestfield

Saturday 19th November – Gills 1-0 Hartlepool

Boss Neale Cooper had resigned the previous Tuesday, with assistant Ronnie Jepson stepping into the breach (although some felt he should have had the job in the first place). Whilst home form was showing signs of improvement, our continuing lack of success on the road meant we kept being dragged back into the relegation zone. We started the day in 21st place, although only a point behind Rotherham in 17th, but once again this was another six pointer.

Ten minutes in the Gills took the lead, A Neil Harris shot was parried by keeper Konstantopoulos (worth 34 points in Scrabble) and was either turned in by or went in off Paul Shields, depending on your point of view. Either way it was Shields’ first goal for the club.

Meanwhile, there was the customary nasty off the ball incident involving Tom Williams, who was fouled Pool`s Butler, then hammed it up for the benefit of the referee after the Hartlepool man retaliated. Both players were booked, so this time he failed to earn an opposition player a red card, as against Blackpool. Better luck next time huh Tom?

After the break the visitors really should have levelled, but a combination of poor finishing and stalwart defending protected the lead. In fact, it was the Gills who came the closest to adding to the score, Danny Spiller slicing wide with the goal at his mercy with virtually the last kick of the game.

Champagne Moment: Being able to laugh at Spiller’s horrendous miss because it was too late to matter

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