Promotion-chasing Gillingham held on to beat Aldershot Town despite ending the game with 10 men.

The Gills dominated the first half and led within seconds of the restart when Danny Jackman fired home in a crowded area from Danny Kedwell's pass.

The hosts had defender Joe Martin sent off with 29 minutes remaining for a second booking.

Scott Davies had a chance to level when he went through one-on-one but Ross Flitney was alert to deny him.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think it's one of the best results of the season, for two reasons. Firstly we needed to bounce back from Friday's defeat, and secondly we were down to 10 men for more than half an hour.

"It shows what great characters we've got in the dressing room. That siege mentality, togetherness and work rate has seen us through again.

"We were frustrated by Aldershot at times, but we kept passing the ball around, I'm proud of the boys.

"I'm a little disappointed in Joe Martin for getting sent off, but, a first booking after 50 seconds? The referee has to give the players a chance."

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"To lose four players from the weekend and not have them there today, did we miss them? Possibly. Would you go into the game without them? No.

"It was a tough ask and I can't fault their commitment, but sometimes the lack of quality is there.

"Looking at the chances created, we've certainly had enough to get something from the game.

"We opened them up, passed the ball and created chances but we didn't take those chances."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Gillingham

  • 01 Flitney
  • 03 Frampton
  • 06 Richards
  • 12 Martin Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 15 Lawrence
  • 18 Jackman
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Payne
  • 10 Weston (Lee - 83' )
  • 19 Montrose
  • 09 Kedwell

Substitutes

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 04 Lee
  • 21 Rance
  • 23 Payne
  • 31 Miller

Aldershot

  • 21 Warner
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Straker
  • 11 Rodman (Henry - 85' )
  • 23 Vincenti
  • 39 Doig (Brown - 45' )
  • 04 Guttridge
  • 07 McGlashan
  • 33 Davies
  • 09 Rankine (Smith - 45' Booked )
  • 38 Pearson

Substitutes

  • 01 Young
  • 06 Brown
  • 26 Smith
  • 34 Day
  • 37 Henry
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 5,432

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

4 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:55 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:26

Inswinging corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Whelpdale manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:34

Danny Kedwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Straker. Free kick taken by Peter Vincenti.

90:00 +1:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Straker on Charlie Lee. Free kick taken by Charlie Lee.

89:04

Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Peter Vincenti results in a free kick. Ross Flitney takes the direct free kick.

88:38

Danny Kedwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Guttridge. Scott Davies takes the free kick.

87:45

The referee blows for offside against Charlie Henry. Ross Flitney takes the indirect free kick.

84:38 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Henry joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Rodman.

82:55

Luke Guttridge has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Garry Richards gets a block in.

82:10

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Davies.

82:10 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Lee is brought on as a substitute for Curtis Weston.

76:24

Foul by Lewis Montrose on Aaron Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aaron Brown.

75:17

Unfair challenge on Ross Worner by Danny Kedwell results in a free kick. Ross Worner restarts play with the free kick.

74:25

Unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Scott Davies results in a free kick. Danny Jackman takes the direct free kick.

73:58

Direct free kick taken by Matt Lawrence.

73:58 Booking

Booking The referee books Adam Smith for dissent.

73:34

Chris Whelpdale fouled by Alex Rodman, the ref awards a free kick.

71:28

Corner from right by-line taken by Danny Jackman. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Jackman, Garry Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Rodman. Ross Worner restarts play with the free kick.

70:32

Short corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line.

69:42

Handball decision goes against Lewis Montrose. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick. Peter Vincenti takes a shot. Save by Ross Flitney.

68:48

Alex Rodman has a drilled shot. Blocked by Matt Lawrence.

67:34

Scott Davies produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Ross Flitney.

66:59

Curtis Weston has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

65:14

Jermaine McGlashan has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by Luke Guttridge.

61:22

Alex Rodman takes a shot. Save by Ross Flitney.

60:22

Scott Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick, Garry Richards makes a clearance.

60:22 Dismissal

Dismissal Joe Martin sent off.

60:00

Joe Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine McGlashan.

56:06

Chris Whelpdale produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

55:13

Luke Guttridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Weston. Chris Whelpdale takes the free kick.

53:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies, Header from deep inside the area by Luke Guttridge goes over the bar.

49:15

Greg Pearson fouled by Andy Frampton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Herd.

48:40

Greg Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Richards. Garry Richards takes the free kick.

48:03

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Brown.

45:42

Assist by Danny Kedwell.

45:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Jackman - Gillingham 1 - 0 Aldershot Danny Jackman fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Aldershot.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:07

Unfair challenge on Aaron Brown by Danny Kedwell results in a free kick. Anthony Straker takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:50

Corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Martin.

44:14

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Scott Davies.

44:14 Substitution

Substitution Adam Smith replaces Michael Rankine.

44:14 Substitution

Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Aaron Brown coming on for Chris Doig.

41:37

Corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line to the near post.

40:46

Shot by Luke Guttridge from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

40:28

Jermaine McGlashan takes a shot. Garry Richards gets a block in.

37:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine McGlashan. Direct free kick taken by Joe Martin.

35:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Danny Jackman, Header from deep inside the area by Andy Frampton goes over the bar.

35:22

Curtis Weston takes a shot. Chris Doig gets a block in.

33:16

Unfair challenge on Garry Richards by Jermaine McGlashan results in a free kick. Ross Flitney restarts play with the free kick.

26:18

The referee blows for offside against Lewis Montrose. Ross Worner takes the free kick.

24:48

Effort from a long way out by Danny Kedwell goes wide right of the goal.

22:20

Shot from just outside the box by Chris Whelpdale misses to the right of the goal.

17:07

Greg Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Montrose. Ross Flitney takes the direct free kick.

16:32

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Matt Lawrence misses to the right of the target.

15:57

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman. Andy Frampton takes a shot. Ross Worner makes a save.

14:40

Matt Lawrence fouled by Michael Rankine, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

7:33

Danny Jackman has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

5:53

Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Lewis Montrose results in a free kick. Luke Guttridge produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Curtis Weston gets a block in.

4:17

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Jackman, clearance made by Chris Doig.

1:02

Scott Davies takes the free kick.

1:02 Booking

Booking Joe Martin receives a yellow card.

0:40

Foul by Joe Martin on Scott Davies, free kick awarded.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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