Two goals from Jordan Obita helped Gillingham to an impressive victory over promotion-chasing Cheltenham.

The Robins, who have now collected one point from four matches, had a chance to go ahead but Russell Penn miskicked from Jermaine McGlashan's pull-back.

Obita put the Gills in front when he held off Sido Jombati and shot low past Cheltenham goalkeeper Jack Butland.

A defensive error saw Obita lob Butland for 2-0 before Chris Whelpdale sealed it, tapping home Danny Kedwell's cross.

Cheltenham were top in February but are now fifth, while Gillingham remain one point and one place off the play-offs in eighth.

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Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Gloucestershire:

"It was our worst performance of the season by a country mile. I apologise to the fans - it was nice to see them turn up at the end when they started booing.

"It was quiet for 35 to 40 minutes, then they score and their fans are up. I'm asking for noise and for them to get behind the players.

"I must have picked the wrong team. Not one player can be anywhere near happy with their contribution - our best player [Sido Jombati] could have cost us two goals. The first goal has changed the game. They've comprehensively beat us, I have no problem with that, but all three goals are poor on our part.

"We've got nine games left and we've got to get to where we were last week in terms of performance. It's about attitude now. We made poor decisions with and without the ball. We've lost three on the spin and we have to address that quickly."

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"It's right up there, to come to Cheltenham, with the season they're having, to score three and keep a clean sheet says it all.

"The dressing room's so together and we really want to achieve something.

"They were exceptional, everyone was terrific, we limited them to maybe one shot on target.

"We could have had more, to come and do that at a place like Cheltenham is a terrific achievement."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Cheltenham

  • 12 Butland
  • 06 Elliott
  • 15 Bennett
  • 19 Garbutt (Goulding - 75' )
  • 22 Jombati
  • 07 Pack Booked (Spencer - 56' )
  • 16 Penn
  • 20 McGlashan
  • 25 Summerfield
  • 09 Duffy
  • 23 Mohamed (Low - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Lowe
  • 08 Low
  • 11 Smikle
  • 10 Goulding
  • 14 Spencer

Gillingham

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 05 King Booked
  • 16 Fish
  • 18 Jackman
  • 22 Essam
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Payne
  • 14 Obita
  • 37 O Lee
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 11 Oli (Kuffour - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Hawkes
  • 03 Frampton
  • 24 Evans
  • 31 Miller
  • 33 Kuffour
Ref: Madley
Att: 3,137

Match Stats

Shots

7 12

On target

3 5

Corners

3 3

Fouls

6 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:01

James Spencer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

90:00 +3:55

Luke Summerfield takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

90:00 +3:12

Oliver Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darryl Duffy. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Penn.

90:00 +0:46

Unfair challenge on Simon King by Jeff Goulding results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

90:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Kedwell on Steve Elliott. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

88:42

Shot by Jermaine McGlashan from 18 yards. Save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.

86:40

Jo Kuffour is caught offside. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

85:54

Matt Fish concedes a free kick for a foul on James Spencer. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

84:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sido Jombati by Jack Payne. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Summerfield.

84:15

Jo Kuffour concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Bennett. Russell Penn restarts play with the free kick.

82:18

Assist by Danny Kedwell.

82:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Whelpdale - Cheltenham 0 - 3 Gillingham A goal is scored by Chris Whelpdale from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-3 Gillingham.

79:45

Russell Penn delivers the ball, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

78:53

Luke Summerfield delivers the ball.

74:57 Substitution

Substitution Jeff Goulding is brought on as a substitute for Luke Garbutt.

74:25

Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

73:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Darryl Duffy. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

72:45

Unfair challenge on Luke Garbutt by Jo Kuffour results in a free kick. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

69:49

Jermaine McGlashan fouled by Danny Jackman, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

68:50

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman to the near post, clearance made by Luke Summerfield.

67:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn by Jordan Obita. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Garbutt.

64:15

The offside flag is raised against Darryl Duffy. Indirect free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

62:33

Close range headed effort by Sido Jombati misses to the right of the target.

62:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Fish on James Spencer. Luke Garbutt restarts play with the free kick.

60:46 Substitution

Substitution Jo Kuffour on for Dennis Oli.

59:53

Matt Fish sends in a cross, Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Jack Butland makes a save.

55:52 Substitution

Substitution Joshua Low replaces Kaid Mohamed.

55:52 Substitution

Substitution (Cheltenham) makes a substitution, with James Spencer coming on for Marlon Pack.

55:29

Dennis Oli has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

54:52 Booking

Booking The referee shows Marlon Pack a yellow card for dissent.

53:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Obita - Cheltenham 0 - 2 Gillingham Jordan Obita grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-2 Gillingham.

52:35

Corner taken left-footed by Luke Garbutt from the left by-line, Alan Bennett takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga makes a save.

50:41

Unfair challenge on Dennis Oli by Kaid Mohamed results in a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

49:06

The offside flag is raised against Danny Kedwell. Alan Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

48:20

Shot from 35 yards by Oliver Lee missed to the left of the target.

46:50

Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

46:02

A cross is delivered by Luke Garbutt, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

45:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luke Garbutt from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Kedwell manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:07

Oliver Lee produces a cross.

44:30

Oliver Lee provided the assist for the goal.

44:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Obita - Cheltenham 0 - 1 Gillingham Jordan Obita grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-1 Gillingham.

43:48

Effort from outside the penalty box by Dennis Oli goes wide left of the goal.

39:17

Connor Essam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn. Free kick taken by Marlon Pack.

38:53

Oliver Lee takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the net.

37:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dennis Oli. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

36:11

Darryl Duffy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Connor Essam takes the indirect free kick.

36:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Simon King for unsporting behaviour.

34:46

Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

28:03

Foul by Matt Fish on Darryl Duffy, free kick awarded. Marlon Pack takes the indirect free kick.

27:12

Oliver Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marlon Pack. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

26:27

Danny Jackman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan. Marlon Pack restarts play with the free kick.

24:55

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line, Header from close range by Simon King clears the bar.

22:02

Shot by Oliver Lee from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

21:55

The ball is delivered by Jack Payne, Marlon Pack manages to make a clearance.

20:22

The ball is crossed by Jermaine McGlashan, Connor Essam makes a clearance.

17:58

Shot by Dennis Oli from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

17:02

The ball is sent over by Matt Fish, Steve Elliott makes a clearance.

16:12

The ball is swung over by Sido Jombati, Matt Fish manages to make a clearance.

14:38

Sido Jombati concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Obita. Danny Jackman takes the free kick.

14:12

The ball is delivered by Danny Kedwell, Steve Elliott makes a clearance.

12:19

Unfair challenge on Danny Jackman by Jermaine McGlashan results in a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.

12:11

A cross is delivered by Jermaine McGlashan, Connor Essam manages to make a clearance.

11:17

Luke Summerfield challenges Danny Kedwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Connor Essam takes the free kick.

10:36

Jordan Obita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sido Jombati. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Garbutt.

9:57

Foul by Connor Essam on Darryl Duffy, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Luke Garbutt.

8:23

The ball is swung over by Sido Jombati.

5:08

Chris Whelpdale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Butland. Free kick taken by Jack Butland.

4:45

Danny Jackman takes the inswinging corner, save by Jack Butland.

3:43

Unfair challenge on Connor Essam by Darryl Duffy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

2:39

Darryl Duffy takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

0:19

Matt Fish crosses the ball.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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