Saturday 25th February – Gills 1-3 Scunthorpe
The Gills desperately poor record away home was putting increasing pressure on the team to get results at home, and although we were unbeaten in ten league matches at Fortress Priestfield (a term that could now be safely used without fear of it being accompanied by hollow laughter) there was a growing feeling that sooner or later the wheels were bound to come off.
The signs were not good, with failure to beat fellow strugglers Tranmere and Rotherham in the previous two how games pointing to a loss of home form which could carry us all the way to the League basement. Although the Gills sat in 15th going into the game we were just 3 points away from the drop zone (and also 3 points away from the top half in the ridiculously congested League One table) The Gills started fairly brightly, and missed a couple of early opportunities through the livewire Gavin Grant. six minutes before the break we took the lead when a well worked move allowed the on loan Justin Cochrane to slot home (about the only positive contribution during a disappointing loan spell). Unfortunately, the lead lasted just 3 minutes, before Matt Sparrow curled in an equaliser for the Iron, the Gills defence charitably allowing him plenty of time to pick his spot.
The second half was a nightmare for the home support, as Scunthorpe took a grip on the game and simply didn’t allow the Gills to get going. Just before the hour Richard Hinds deservedly put them 2-1 up, and when Keogh was allowed the freedom of the penalty area to tap home the third there was no way back.
Undoubtedly our worst home performance under Ronnie Jepson, we could feel the hot breath of the chasing relegation pack breathing down our necks.
Champagne Moment: Justin Cochrane’s well taken goal suggested good things to come from him. Unfortunately it proved to be something of a false dawn