Deon Burton and Chris Whelpdale scored as League Two leaders Gillingham beat promotion rivals Port Vale to claim their fourth league victory in a row.

Gillingham went ahead when Burton headed in from Robbie Findley's cross and Whelpdale chased on to Joe Martin's pass and fired home a second.

This defeat was Vale's first at home in the league in their 2012-13 campaign.

Their best chance saw a free-kick from Jennison Myrie-Williams tipped on to the bar by Gills keeper Stuart Nelson.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham midfielder Danny Jackman told BBC Radio Kent:

"The gaffer's tried to get us work as a solid unit, and once we all attack together, we all defend together.

"I thought we were comfortable, full credit to the way the lads have worked and the way the gaffer set us up.

"It's one of the best starts I've had but it doesn't mean anything unless you keep the momentum going."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 05 McCombe Booked
  • 07 Loft
  • 14 McDonald
  • 24 Duffy
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Vincent
  • 15 Shuker (Burge - 54' )
  • 18 Morsy (Taylor - 63' Booked )
  • 08 Dodds (Williamson - 64' )
  • 11 Pope

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 06 Owen
  • 03 Taylor
  • 22 Lloyd
  • 23 Burge
  • 19 Williamson

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 11 Jackman Booked (Allen - 79' )
  • 16 Montrose Booked (Frampton - 60' )
  • 28 Wright
  • 20 Burton
  • 29 Findley (Kedwell - 50' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 12 Frampton
  • 15 Davies
  • 14 Allen
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 10 Strevens
  • 17 Birchall
Ref: Bond
Att: 6,978

Match Stats

Shots

7 3

On target

2 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

94:29 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:20 Booking

Booking The referee shows Robert Taylor a yellow card.

90:00 +2:53

Unfair challenge on Deon Burton by Robert Taylor results in a free kick. Tom Flanagan restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:48

Chris Whelpdale decides to take a short corner.

86:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Matt Fish. Jennison Myrie-Williams has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

83:42

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Allen.

79:18

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line played to the near post, Doug Loft manages to make a clearance.

78:26 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Allen is brought on as a substitute for Danny Jackman.

77:18 Booking

Booking The referee shows Danny Jackman a yellow card.

77:08

Danny Jackman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

76:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deon Burton by Ryan Burge. Chris Whelpdale takes the free kick.

75:22

Ashley Vincent produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

68:45

Ryan Burge takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tom Flanagan.

68:27

Ryan Burge takes the outswinging corner, Tom Flanagan manages to make a clearance.

67:59

Corner taken by Ryan Burge from the right by-line to the near post, David Wright manages to make a clearance.

66:59

Danny Jackman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Jennison Myrie-Williams fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick,

66:19

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Burge to the near post, clearance by Tom Flanagan.

63:34 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Dodds.

62:53 Substitution

Substitution Robert Taylor replaces Sam Morsy.

60:39

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a brilliant save.

59:22 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Andy Frampton coming on for Lewis Montrose.

53:57 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Burge on for Chris Shuker.

52:44

Sam Morsy takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

51:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Ashley Vincent. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

49:41 Substitution

Substitution Danny Kedwell is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Findley.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

43:20

Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled by Danny Jackman, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance by David Wright.

36:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Dodds by Adam Barrett. Jennison Myrie-Williams has an effort direct from the free kick.

34:59 Booking

Booking Lewis Montrose goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

34:30

Chris Neal fouled by Lewis Montrose, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

32:59

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line to the near post, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

31:57

Deon Burton handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Shuker.

30:06

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker to the near post, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

29:40

Sam Morsy takes a shot. Tom Flanagan gets a block in.

24:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Whelpdale - Port Vale 0 - 2 Gillingham Goal scored by Chris Whelpdale from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-2 Gillingham.

23:30

Tom Flanagan challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Shuker restarts play with the free kick.

16:58 Booking

Booking John McCombe goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

16:54

John McCombe challenges Robbie Findley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Jackman restarts play with the free kick.

15:44

Richard Duffy challenges Deon Burton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

14:28

Shot from close range by Jennison Myrie-Williams clears the bar.

10:20

The assist for the goal came from Robbie Findley.

10:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Port Vale 0 - 1 Gillingham Deon Burton finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Port Vale 0-1 Gillingham.

10:20

Robbie Findley sends in a cross,

7:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Dodds on Danny Jackman. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Flanagan.

6:31

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

4:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Findley by Clayton McDonald. Deon Burton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Chris Neal makes a save.

3:47

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Whelpdale.

0:32

David Wright challenges Ashley Vincent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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