Gillingham maintained their 100% away league record by beating Northampton.

Northampton's Chris Hackett hit the crossbar before Deon Burton collected a clearance from goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and calmly finished seconds later.

Jack Payne made it 2-0 with a 20-yard shot after Burton's short pass before Adebayo Akinfenwa scored for the hosts, heading in from Ben Tozer's long throw.

Gills' Charlie Allen was shown a second yellow card in injury-time but his side held on to stay top of League Two.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought it was a game we threw away. You create chances, hit the bar and put them on the back foot and then one punt down the middle of the pitch and it's a simple goal.

"You see that on a park on Sunday, not at a professional level. The centre-halves have been outstanding but tonight I didn't see that. It was an appalling mistake.

"We can all get excited that we got back in the game, but if you're going to be serious about being successful, that was very mediocre."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 02 Johnson (East - 67' )
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 18 Artell
  • 04 Guttridge (Hackett - 9' )
  • 07 Demontagnac (Moult - 78' )
  • 27 Roofe
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 14 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 01 Higgs
  • 06 Charles
  • 23 East
  • 11 Hackett
  • 09 Platt
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 19 Moult

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin Booked
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 26 Barrett
  • 28 Wright
  • 04 Payne (Frampton - 69' )
  • 07 Whelpdale (Weston - 58' )
  • 14 Allen Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 20 Burton (Findley - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 12 Frampton
  • 15 Davies
  • 16 Montrose
  • 24 Weston
  • 10 Strevens
  • 29 Findley
Ref: Hooper
Att: 3,648

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

10 6

Corners

6 3

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

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

90:00 +3:14

Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +3:14 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Charlie Allen for second bookable offence.

90:00 +3:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Allen on Danny East.

90:00 +0:23

Andy Frampton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa. Chris Hackett produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

89:30

Adam Barrett fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

88:55

Joe Widdowson restarts play with the free kick.

88:55 Booking

Booking Charlie Allen is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:48

Charlie Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson.

88:20

Kemar Roofe takes a corner.

87:33

Kemar Roofe takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Matt Fish.

87:09

Robbie Findley has an effort at goal. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

86:50

Myles Weston crosses the ball.

86:17

Robbie Findley produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by David Artell.

84:54

Robbie Findley fouled by Chris Hackett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Martin.

84:39

Adebayo Akinfenwa crosses the ball, save by Stuart Nelson.

84:06 Booking

Booking Booking for Joe Martin.

83:33

Louis Moult gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wright. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

82:55

Myles Weston concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Moult. Free kick taken by Chris Hackett.

81:15

Assist on the goal came from Ben Tozer.

81:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 1 - 2 Gillingham Adebayo Akinfenwa grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Northampton 1-2 Gillingham.

79:51

Ben Tozer has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

79:09

Drilled right-footed shot by Kemar Roofe. Blocked by Adam Barrett. Kemar Roofe has an effort at goal. Tom Flanagan gets a block in.

77:10 Substitution

Substitution Louis Moult joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ishmel Demontagnac.

76:28

A cross is delivered by Danny East, Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

75:24

Shot from just outside the box by Danny Kedwell misses to the right of the goal.

74:03

Free kick taken by David Wright.

74:03 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Robbie Findley coming on for Deon Burton.

74:03

David Artell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Deon Burton.

71:42

Shot by Danny East from outside the box goes over the net.

70:04

Foul by Kemar Roofe on Matt Fish, free kick awarded. Charlie Allen restarts play with the free kick.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution Andy Frampton on for Jack Payne.

67:27

Kemar Roofe has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

66:08 Substitution

Substitution Danny East is brought on as a substitute for John Johnson.

63:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Artell by Danny Kedwell. Indirect free kick taken by David Artell.

63:20

Shot by Ishmel Demontagnac from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

62:50

Adebayo Akinfenwa is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

62:33

The official flags Danny Kedwell offside. Free kick taken by Kelvin Langmead.

62:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ishmel Demontagnac from the right by-line, save by Stuart Nelson.

61:49

Ben Tozer produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards. David Wright gets a block in.

61:01

David Artell fouled by Danny Kedwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

60:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Myles Weston by Chris Hackett. David Wright takes the free kick.

57:18

Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

57:18 Substitution

Substitution Chris Whelpdale leaves the field to be replaced by Myles Weston.

57:18

John Johnson fouled by Chris Whelpdale, the ref awards a free kick.

55:56

Corner taken by Charlie Allen from the right by-line, save made by Lee Nicholls.

54:16

Assist by Deon Burton.

54:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Payne - Northamp'n 0 - 2 Gillingham Jack Payne scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 0-2 Gillingham.

52:42

Chris Hackett has a drilled shot. Tom Flanagan gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Kemar Roofe, Danny Kedwell manages to make a clearance.

51:43

Shot by Chris Whelpdale from outside the box goes over the net.

50:21

A cross is delivered by Danny Kedwell, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

47:15

The ball is crossed by Kemar Roofe, Matt Fish makes a clearance.

45:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Barrett by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:45

Assist by Stuart Nelson.

43:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Gillingham Deon Burton grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 0-1 Gillingham.

43:11

Volleyed right-footed shot by Chris Hackett.

40:40

Jack Payne produces a cross. Handball by Deon Burton. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

39:05

David Wright challenges Adebayo Akinfenwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Artell restarts play with the free kick.

38:11

Centre by Deon Burton.

37:14

Chris Whelpdale has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.

35:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Flanagan on Adebayo Akinfenwa. David Artell restarts play with the free kick.

34:03

Kemar Roofe delivers the ball, Shot by Kelvin Langmead from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.

30:43

Inswinging corner taken by Ishmel Demontagnac.

30:02

Ishmel Demontagnac crosses the ball, Stuart Nelson makes a save. Adebayo Akinfenwa produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Tom Flanagan.

29:05

Unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Adebayo Akinfenwa results in a free kick. David Wright takes the indirect free kick.

28:04

Chris Whelpdale crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Tom Flanagan misses to the left of the goal.

27:31

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Allen, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.

26:01

Shot by Danny Kedwell. Lee Nicholls makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen, clearance made by John Johnson.

25:00

The referee penalises Adebayo Akinfenwa for handball. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

24:20

The offside flag is raised against Danny Kedwell. Free kick taken by David Artell.

23:15

Centre by Joe Martin.

22:41

Matt Fish produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

22:17

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Ben Tozer gets a block in.

20:54

Effort on goal by Deon Burton from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

20:18

Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Whelpdale. David Wright restarts play with the free kick.

19:41

The ball is delivered by Chris Whelpdale, save made by Lee Nicholls.

18:17

Chris Hackett delivers the ball, David Wright makes a clearance. The ball is crossed by Chris Hackett, David Wright makes a clearance.

17:42

The ball is delivered by Chris Whelpdale, save made by Lee Nicholls.

15:48

The ball is swung over by Kemar Roofe, clearance by Adam Barrett.

15:11

Danny Kedwell is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Artell.

14:09

Ishmel Demontagnac takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

13:04

Kemar Roofe fouled by Charlie Allen, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Widdowson.

12:19

Matt Fish produces a cross, clearance made by David Artell.

8:42 Substitution

Substitution Chris Hackett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Guttridge.

8:04

The ball is delivered by Alex Nicholls.

7:47

Adam Barrett challenges Adebayo Akinfenwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Johnson takes the indirect free kick.

7:07

Effort from 20 yards by Luke Guttridge. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

6:08

Effort on goal by Luke Guttridge from 20 yards. Blocked by Jack Payne. Corner taken right-footed by Kemar Roofe from the left by-line, clearance by Adam Barrett.

3:05

Adam Barrett fouled by Kelvin Langmead, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

2:07

The ball is crossed by Ishmel Demontagnac.

1:32

Chris Whelpdale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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