Late goals from Matt Ritchie and Jonathan Smith moved Swindon into the play-off places.

Gills' Luke Rooney went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first 80 minutes but his shot hit the inside of the post and rolled along the goalline.

With 10 minutes to go Ritchie put Paolo di Canio's Robins ahead with a stunning 30-yard strike.

Smith extended Swindon's winning run to three games in stoppage time with another shot from outside the area.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town midfielder Matt Ritchie told BBC Wiltshire:

"I don't think it was a brilliant performance but we did exactly what we needed to do.

"I was due a goal - I haven't scored for five (games) so it was about time.

"The ball was a bit behind me and I didn't think I'd caught it great but I looked up and saw it swerve in."

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was very disappointing. The performance was terrific. I couldn't have asked for more from the boys.

"The decision making with the ball maybe wasn't up to where it should have been but I thought at times we played very well and created the best chances in the game.

"It was a wonderstrike from Ritchie. We knew if he comes inside he's got one hell of a shot, he did what he did. He's got that in abundance.

"I can't be too critical. All in all it was a good performance. There were more positives than negatives."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Swindon Town

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 04 Flint
  • 07 Caddis
  • 36 Ridehalgh
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack (Cibocchi - 41' )
  • 24 Smith Booked
  • 23 De Vita
  • 33 Jervis (Risser - 85' )
  • 34 Montano (Connell - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Cibocchi
  • 13 Risser
  • 32 Abdulla
  • 17 Connell
  • 29 Magera

Gillingham

  • 01 Flitney
  • 06 Richards Booked
  • 15 Lawrence
  • 16 Fish
  • 18 Jackman
  • 04 Lee Booked
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 10 Weston (Payne - 86' )
  • 14 Rooney
  • 29 Nouble
  • 33 Kuffour (Kedwell - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 03 Frampton
  • 21 Rance
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 23 Payne
Ref: Coote
Att: 7,787

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

8 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aden Flint on Charlie Lee. Strike comes in from Charlie Lee from the free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Assist on the goal came from Alan Connell.

90:00 +0:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Smith - Swindon 2 - 0 Gillingham Jonathan Smith scores a goal from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Swindon 2-0 Gillingham.

88:47

Alan Connell is caught offside. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

87:28

Garry Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Aden Flint. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

86:42

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Rooney played to the near post, clearance by Paul Caddis.

85:55 Substitution

Substitution Stefan Payne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Curtis Weston.

84:46

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Rooney, Close range header by Charlie Lee goes over the crossbar.

84:27 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Risser is brought on as a substitute for Jake Jervis.

82:02

Matt Fish takes the direct free kick.

82:02 Booking

Booking Caution for Jonathan Smith.

81:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Jonathan Smith.

79:43

Paul Caddis provided the assist for the goal.

79:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Swindon 1 - 0 Gillingham Matt Ritchie finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Swindon 1-0 Gillingham.

76:17

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Ross Flitney.

75:09 Substitution

Substitution Danny Kedwell replaces Jo Kuffour.

74:23

Foul by Jake Jervis on Danny Jackman, free kick awarded. Ross Flitney takes the direct free kick.

73:36

Foul by Danny Jackman on Alan Connell, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Matt Ritchie, Danny Jackman manages to make a clearance.

72:13

Shot from just outside the area by Luke Rooney misses to the right of the target.

71:14

Unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Jonathan Smith results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Rooney.

67:57

Matt Ritchie concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Jackman. Danny Jackman restarts play with the free kick.

65:38

Foul by Luke Rooney on Paul Caddis, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Caddis.

65:09

Foul by Jo Kuffour on Alessandro Cibocchi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

64:47

Luke Rooney has an effort at goal from just inside the box that bounces off the post.

62:09 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cristian Montano.

61:17

Effort from outside the penalty box by Curtis Weston goes wide right of the target.

58:08

Unfair challenge on Paul Caddis by Luke Rooney results in a free kick. Paul Caddis takes the direct free kick.

56:03

Shot comes in from Alessandro Cibocchi from the free kick.

56:03 Booking

Booking Booking for Garry Richards for unsporting behaviour.

55:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garry Richards on Jake Jervis.

54:27

The referee blows for offside. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

53:12

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith by Curtis Weston results in a free kick. Alessandro Cibocchi has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Ross Flitney makes a save.

51:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Lee on Jake Jervis. Alessandro Cibocchi takes the free kick.

50:18

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Curtis Weston misses to the left of the target.

46:17

Jonathan Smith takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Ross Flitney.

45:51

Handball decision goes against Luke Rooney. Paul Caddis takes the direct free kick.

45:20

Jonathan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Lee. Free kick taken by Curtis Weston.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Montano on Matt Fish. Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:02

Inswinging corner taken by Luke Rooney from the left by-line, Wesley Foderingham makes a save.

45:00 +0:21

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Ross Flitney.

44:07

Jake Jervis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Richards. Garry Richards takes the free kick.

40:45

Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick.

40:45 Substitution

Substitution Alessandro Cibocchi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan McCormack.

40:45

Jonathan Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Nouble.

39:31

Jo Kuffour is ruled offside. Aden Flint takes the free kick.

33:20

Jo Kuffour takes a shot. Alan McCormack gets a block in.

33:05

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Brilliant save by Wesley Foderingham.

31:07

Unfair challenge on Matt Lawrence by Cristian Montano results in a free kick. Ross Flitney takes the direct free kick. Liam Ridehalgh sends in a cross.

31:07 Booking

Booking The referee shows Charlie Lee a yellow card.

30:49

Unfair challenge on Liam Ridehalgh by Charlie Lee results in a free kick.

29:15

Jo Kuffour is ruled offside. Alan McCormack delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half.

28:43

Shot by Chris Whelpdale. Save made by Wesley Foderingham.

26:00

Matt Fish handles the ball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Raffaele De Vita from left wing, Garry Richards makes a clearance.

24:41

Raffaele De Vita takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Garry Richards.

23:37

Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie, Ross Flitney makes a save.

23:05

The referee blows for offside against Jo Kuffour. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

16:36

Jake Jervis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Richards. Garry Richards takes the free kick.

13:31

Matt Ritchie decides to take a short corner.

13:20

Matt Ritchie produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Ross Flitney.

11:29

Luke Rooney takes the outswinging corner, Jake Jervis manages to make a clearance.

8:41

Jake Jervis has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the target.

6:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on Charlie Lee. Luke Rooney shoots direct from the free kick.

4:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on Luke Rooney. Ross Flitney restarts play with the free kick.

3:15

Matt Ritchie has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

0:06

Cristian Montano fouled by Chris Whelpdale, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Ferry takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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