A brace from Danny Kedwell helped Gillingham secure a win against Bradford City in Martin Allen's first League Two game in charge.

Kedwell opened the scoring with an exquisite lob and doubled the lead with a powerful penalty after Garry Thompson's foul on Charlie Lee.

Bradford got back in it when Nahki Wells converted from the spot, after being fouled by Andy Frampton.

But Myles Weston, on debut, sealed the win, finishing low into the corner.

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Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"The most important thing is always the result. The opening game is always a tough game.

"It could have been better, particularly in the first half, but I think it was a deserved victory.

"The players have worked so hard, and (it's good) when you don't play as well as you can play and get a 3-1 win.

"Another thing to cope with is the high expectations now."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 11 Jackman (Dack - 84' )
  • 12 Frampton Booked
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen
  • 16 Montrose (Tayne - 55' )
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 20 Burton (Weston - 58' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 04 Tayne
  • 15 Davies
  • 18 Dack
  • 26 Barrett
  • 24 Weston
  • 10 Strevens

Bradford

  • 12 Duke
  • 02 Darby (Davies - 83' )
  • 03 Meredith
  • 06 Oliver
  • 23 McArdle
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Thompson (Hines - 58' )
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 18 Jones
  • 09 Hanson
  • 17 Connell (Wells - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 05 Davies
  • 16 McHugh
  • 24 Doyle
  • 10 Hannah
  • 20 Hines
  • 21 Wells
Ref: Russell
Att: 5,127

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

3 3

Corners

8 5

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:57

Bradley Dack concedes a free kick for a foul on James Meredith. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:53

Effort from the edge of the area by Bradley Dack hits the post.

89:36 Booking

Booking Andy Frampton receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

89:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Luke Oliver. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

87:09

The assist for the goal came from Charlie Allen.

87:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Myles Weston - Gillingham 3 - 1 Bradford Myles Weston gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 3-1 Bradford.

86:44

Kyel Reid crosses the ball, Andy Frampton manages to make a clearance.

85:44

Myles Weston delivers the ball, clearance by Luke Oliver.

83:40 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Bradley Dack coming on for Danny Jackman.

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Davies is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Darby.

82:41

A cross is delivered by Matt Fish.

80:18

Stephen Darby fouled by Myles Weston, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.

79:24

Danny Jackman takes a shot.

78:27

The ball is sent over by Zavon Hines, Effort on goal by Gary Jones from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

78:01

Kyel Reid sends in a cross, Jack Tayne manages to make a clearance.

77:55 Booking

Booking Myles Weston goes into the book.

73:52

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Allen, Danny Kedwell takes a shot.

72:42

Kyel Reid fouled by Myles Weston, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.

72:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Lee on Gary Jones. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.

71:05

James Hanson takes a shot.

69:33

Foul by James Meredith on Danny Kedwell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

68:33

Kyel Reid takes a shot.

65:48

Joe Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zavon Hines. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kyel Reid from right channel, save by Stuart Nelson.

64:50

Danny Kedwell crosses the ball, blocked by James Meredith.

62:21

Corner taken left-footed by Kyel Reid from the right by-line, clearance by Joe Martin.

61:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Gillingham 2 - 1 Bradford Penalty taken right-footed by Nahki Wells and scored. Gillingham 2-1 Bradford.

61:13

Foul by Andy Frampton on Nahki Wells, Penalty awarded.

58:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Jack Tayne. Direct free kick taken by Gary Jones.

56:46 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston is brought on as a substitute for Deon Burton.

56:46 Substitution

Substitution Zavon Hines replaces Garry Thompson.

56:46 Substitution

Substitution (Bradford) makes a substitution, with Nahki Wells coming on for Alan Connell.

56:46

Unfair challenge on James Meredith by Charlie Lee results in a free kick. Luke Oliver takes the direct free kick.

54:23 Substitution

Substitution Jack Tayne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lewis Montrose.

53:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 2 - 0 Bradford Power penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Gillingham 2-0 Bradford.

52:43

Charlie Lee fouled by Garry Thompson, the ref awards a Penalty.

47:37

Gary Jones fouled by Lewis Montrose, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McArdle takes the direct free kick.

46:42

Kyel Reid crosses the ball.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:37 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Frampton on Luke Oliver. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:36

Unfair challenge on Danny Jackman by Garry Thompson results in a free kick. Charlie Allen takes the direct free kick.

44:41

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman.

42:47

Assist by Charlie Allen.

42:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 1 - 0 Bradford Danny Kedwell scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Bradford.

42:00

The offside flag is raised against Garry Thompson. Tom Flanagan takes the free kick.

39:48

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line, Close range header by Charlie Lee misses to the right of the goal.

38:30

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line.

36:50

The assistant referee flags for offside against Deon Burton. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

34:52

Kyel Reid takes a shot. Blocked by Lewis Montrose.

34:10

Unfair challenge on Garry Thompson by Tom Flanagan results in a free kick. Gary Jones takes the free kick.

32:00

Gary Jones produces a cross.

30:07

Foul by Danny Kedwell on Stephen Darby, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.

28:13

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Garry Thompson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

26:21

Andy Frampton challenges Kyel Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.

25:53

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Will Atkinson.

23:57

Alan Connell takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson. Deon Burton takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

23:08

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen, clearance by James Hanson.

22:20

Gary Jones challenges Charlie Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Flanagan restarts play with the free kick.

21:32

James Hanson takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Flanagan.

17:38

Centre by Charlie Lee, save by Matt Duke.

15:41

Foul by Luke Oliver on Deon Burton, free kick awarded. Charlie Allen takes the free kick.

14:37

A cross is delivered by James Meredith, clearance made by Joe Martin.

13:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McArdle by Deon Burton. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.

12:39

James Meredith fouled by Charlie Allen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Jones.

12:00

The referee blows for offside. Matt Duke takes the free kick.

11:24

Alan Connell has an effort at goal. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

10:43

Joe Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyel Reid. Kyel Reid takes the free kick.

8:40

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman.

7:59

A cross is delivered by Charlie Lee, Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.

7:08

Danny Kedwell fouled by Garry Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Allen.

4:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Hanson. Free kick taken by Andy Frampton.

1:49

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman, clearance by James Hanson.

0:48

Close range header by Kyel Reid goes over the bar.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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