With that darts anthem Chase the Sun bellowing in my ears, I can reflect on what I have witnessed today. Gillingham have won promotion back to League One at the first time of asking. The fans can plan away trips to Leeds, Southampton and Norwich.
Shrewsbury have to be content with trips to Barnet, Morecambe and Rotherham for another season.
The game itself wasn’t the best. Gillingham found their Wembley feet a lot sooner than the Shrews and the first half was more-or-less one way traffic towards Luke Daniels goal. The young goalkeeper was excellent and probably my man of the match. He, at times single-handedly, kept Shrewsbury in the game with some excellent saves throughout the game.
Despite praying for goals, I thought this had extra-time all over it. The Gillingham front three should have broken the deadlock in the first half, with Oli having the freedom of the Wembley right wing.
The second half really was a real contrast to the first. Both teams went for it, with Shrewsbury finally forcing Gills keeper Royce into action.
But ultimately, top goalscorer Simeon Jackson sealed promotion with extra time minutes away. As predicted by a fellow ‘606’er, the game was going to be decided by either a wonder goal or a terrible howler. Debates (hopefully here) will be held on whether the corner was indeed a corner but should the league’s second top goalscorer have a free header in the last minute of a play-off final?
Who was the best player on the pitch? Barcham was a constant threat for me. Oli seemed to dry up in the second half. Daniels looked solid in the Shrews goal and Kevin McIntrye had a couple of decent chances to score.
Gills fans – enjoy the today and congratulations! Can you stay up this time?
Shrews fans – what lies for the future? Grant Holt has scored the goals that got you into the play-offs – will he still be here next season or will he get another chance in a higher league?
Thank you to everyone who joined myself on 606 today - it was a pleasure! Hope you enjoyed it too!