Gillingham consolidated their position in the play-off places with a comfortable win over Bristol Rovers.

Lewis Montrose put Gills ahead and a Danny Kedwell penalty made it 2-0 after Joe Anyinsah felled Garry Richards.

Mustapha Carayol's solo effort halved the deficit, but Danny Jackman restored the two-goal lead with a crisp drive.

Rovers' misery was complete when Cian Bolger saw red for fouling Curtis Weston and Kedwell scored Gillingham's fourth from the resulting spot-kick.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was a very good performance. We spoke about setting the tone and tempo and we started the game really well.

"Overall it was a really good performance today. At 2-1, it gave them a bit of belief but we kept plugging away and didn't stop passing the ball.

"At the Bradford game a couple of weeks ago we didn't pass the ball too well, but we're a passing team. It was a good test of character and we were worthy winners."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Flitney
  • 03 Frampton (Lawrence - 41' )
  • 06 Richards
  • 12 Martin
  • 18 Jackman
  • 04 Lee Booked (Fish - 78' )
  • 08 Payne
  • 10 Weston (Whelpdale - 81' )
  • 19 Montrose
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 29 Nouble

Substitutes

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 15 Lawrence
  • 16 Fish
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 23 Payne

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 03 Sawyer
  • 04 Woodards
  • 14 Brown
  • 15 Anthony (Bolger - 35' Dismissed )
  • 06 Stanley
  • 34 Dorman
  • 11 Carayol Booked
  • 16 Anyinsah (Norburn - 81' )
  • 18 Richard
  • 26 Zebroski Booked (Harrold - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 05 Bolger
  • 33 Norburn
  • 35 Goddard
  • 09 Harrold
Ref: Langford
Att: 7,750

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

4 5

Corners

10 4

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00

Lewis Montrose concedes a free kick for a foul on Eliot Richards. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

88:53

Effort on goal by Danny Jackman from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

85:44

Close range header by Frank Nouble goes over the crossbar.

83:55

Effort on goal by Craig Stanley from 12 yards. Save by Ross Flitney.

80:47 Substitution

Substitution Joe Anyinsah leaves the field to be replaced by Oliver Norburn.

80:32 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Weston goes off and Chris Whelpdale comes on.

80:21

Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Kedwell goes wide right of the goal.

79:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the left by-line to the near post.

78:58

Short corner taken by Frank Nouble from the left by-line.

77:28 Substitution

Substitution Matt Fish is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Lee.

77:28 Substitution

Substitution Chris Zebroski leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Harrold.

74:11

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Lee from the right by-line, Eliot Richards makes a clearance.

72:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 4 - 1 Bristol R Power penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Gillingham 4-1 Bristol Rovers.

72:02 Dismissal

Dismissal Cian Bolger sent off.

71:46

Cian Bolger concedes a Penalty for a foul on Curtis Weston.

70:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Sawyer by Lewis Montrose. Scott Bevan restarts play with the free kick.

68:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mustapha Carayol. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

67:45

Assist on the goal came from Frank Nouble.

67:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Jackman - Gillingham 3 - 1 Bristol R Danny Jackman fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 3-1 Bristol Rovers.

67:22

Drilled right-footed shot by Frank Nouble. Scott Bevan makes a save.

60:46

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, save by Scott Bevan.

59:58

Curtis Weston produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

54:41

Shot by Andy Dorman. Blocked by Joe Martin.

52:58

Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Lee. Free kick taken by Charlie Lee.

51:01

Assist on the goal came from Cian Bolger.

51:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Mustapha Carayol - Gillingham 2 - 1 Bristol R Mustapha Carayol finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-1 Bristol Rovers.

50:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards by Curtis Weston. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +5:31 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +4:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 2 - 0 Bristol R Penalty taken right-footed by Danny Kedwell and scored. Gillingham 2-0 Bristol Rovers.

45:00 +3:46

Unfair challenge on Lewis Montrose by Joe Anyinsah results in a Penalty.

45:00 +3:07

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, Scott Bevan makes a save.

45:00 +0:33

Eliot Richards is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Jackman from left channel.

41:12

Dan Woodards fouled by Danny Jackman, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Stanley takes the free kick.

40:02 Substitution

Substitution Matt Lawrence replaces Andy Frampton.

34:55

Charlie Lee restarts play with the free kick.

34:55 Booking

Booking Mustapha Carayol is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

34:47

Foul by Mustapha Carayol on Jack Payne, free kick awarded.

34:10 Substitution

Substitution Cian Bolger comes on in place of Byron Anthony.

30:15

Indirect free kick taken by Garry Richards.

30:15 Booking

Booking Chris Zebroski is given a yellow card.

29:57

Chris Zebroski concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Payne.

29:37

Corner taken right-footed by Mustapha Carayol.

29:17

Shot from 20 yards from Craig Stanley. Ross Flitney makes a save.

28:42

Garry Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Woodards. Craig Stanley takes the free kick.

27:53

Corner taken right-footed by Eliot Richards from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Frampton.

24:35

Eliot Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Jackman. Joe Martin takes the indirect free kick.

23:00

Frank Nouble produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

21:34

Joe Anyinsah handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joe Martin takes the free kick.

18:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Mustapha Carayol. Ross Flitney takes the indirect free kick.

17:51

Lee Brown takes the free kick.

17:51 Booking

Booking Charlie Lee receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

17:33

Foul by Charlie Lee on Mustapha Carayol, free kick awarded.

16:54

Danny Jackman is penalised for a handball. Craig Stanley restarts play with the free kick.

15:21

Effort from the edge of the box by Frank Nouble goes wide of the left-hand post.

14:54

Chris Zebroski concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Richards. Indirect free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

14:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Gary Sawyer. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

14:00

Close range headed effort by Andy Frampton goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:31

Corner taken by Danny Jackman from the right by-line.

12:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Jackman, clearance made by Eliot Richards.

11:17

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Lee from the left by-line.

10:33

Danny Jackman takes a inswinging corner.

9:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Eliot Richards from the right by-line, Garry Richards fouled by Byron Anthony, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

7:34

The assist for the goal came from Danny Jackman.

7:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Montrose - Gillingham 1 - 0 Bristol R Lewis Montrose grabs a headed goal from close range. Gillingham 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

3:30

Corner taken right-footed by Curtis Weston.

3:02

Frank Nouble takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

1:19

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Joe Martin results in a free kick. Eliot Richards takes the free kick.

0:58

Drilled left-footed shot by Eliot Richards. Danny Jackman gets a block in.

0:00

The match begins.

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