Gillingham missed a chance to extend their lead at the top of League Two after they failed to capitalise on their chances against Cheltenham.

Robins' Russell Penn headed over from Jermaine McGlashan's pass early on.

Gills striker Danny Kedwell then hit the crossbar after Jack Payne's saved shot fell to him three yards out.

Chris Whelpdale's cross found former Jamaican international Deon Burton but he put his diving header wide and neither side could break the deadlock.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"I thought they were very dangerous in the first half. Mark [Yates, Cheltenham boss] has put together a really good team.

"I think it's a measure of how far we've come that the lads are really disappointed.

"I'm not. I think it's a really good point. We had some great chances to win.

"They will be, in my opinion, promoted at the end of the season and it's our job to stay above them."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Gloucestershire:

"I thought we took a bit of a battering in the second half and we had a little bit of luck when Kedwell hit the bar.

"I felt we deserved that luck as we were outstanding in the first half. It showed I've got a team of men.

"We didn't want to come and says 'it's great to be involved in a top of the table clash' and then get beat.

"Some of our football was really good and we've got to continue that."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 12 Frampton
  • 15 Davies
  • 26 Barrett
  • 30 Vincelot
  • 04 Payne Booked (Burton - 53' )
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 16 Montrose Booked
  • 24 Weston (Jackman - 74' )
  • 09 Kedwell (Birchall - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 11 Jackman
  • 34 Hare
  • 10 Strevens
  • 17 Birchall
  • 20 Burton

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Jones Booked
  • 06 Elliott
  • 15 Bennett
  • 22 Jombati
  • 04 Carter Booked
  • 07 Pack
  • 11 McGlashan Booked
  • 16 Penn (Deering - 87' )
  • 23 Mohamed (Goulding - 80' )
  • 26 Zebroski

Substitutes

  • 12 Roberts
  • 02 Lowe
  • 17 Andrew
  • 08 Deering
  • 09 Duffy
  • 10 Goulding
  • 14 Harrad
Ref: Graham
Att: 6,096

Match Stats

Shots

12 5

On target

5 3

Corners

11 3

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:57 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Romain Vincelot on Marlon Pack. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:35

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman, clearance made by Sido Jombati.

90:00 +1:05

Chris Whelpdale takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jermaine McGlashan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:55

Jermaine McGlashan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot.

86:02 Substitution

Substitution Sam Deering joins the action as a substitute, replacing Russell Penn.

86:02 Substitution

Substitution Danny Kedwell goes off and Adam Birchall comes on.

84:18

Danny Jackman takes the outswinging corner, Header by Danny Kedwell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

83:46

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, clearance by Sido Jombati.

79:53 Substitution

Substitution Jeff Goulding replaces Kaid Mohamed.

78:33

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the right by-line played to the near post, Kaid Mohamed makes a clearance.

77:59

Foul by Chris Zebroski on Danny Jackman, free kick awarded. Danny Jackman crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Steve Elliott.

77:25

Corner taken by Danny Jackman from the left by-line to the near post, Russell Penn makes a clearance.

76:00

Free kick taken by Billy Jones.

76:00 Booking

Booking Lewis Montrose booked for unsporting behaviour.

75:51

Lewis Montrose concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine McGlashan.

74:49

Header by Deon Burton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

73:36

Unfair challenge on Deon Burton by Russell Penn results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

73:36 Substitution

Substitution Danny Jackman on for Myles Weston.

72:42

Jermaine McGlashan delivers the ball, Callum Davies makes a clearance.

71:13

Marlon Pack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot. Free kick taken by Danny Kedwell. Deon Burton has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Marlon Pack.

69:37

Matt Fish delivers the ball, save by Scott Brown.

68:10

Andy Frampton challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Billy Jones, Romain Vincelot manages to make a clearance. Billy Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Romain Vincelot manages to make a clearance.

67:03

Corner taken by Chris Whelpdale from the left by-line played to the near post.

64:41

Foul by Russell Penn on Adam Barrett, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Danny Kedwell from the free kick, Kaid Mohamed gets a block in.

63:38

Foul by Lewis Montrose on Kaid Mohamed, free kick awarded. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

63:00

Shot from 20 yards by Romain Vincelot. Chris Zebroski gets a block in. Corner taken by Myles Weston from the left by-line, clearance made by Kaid Mohamed.

60:03

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Whelpdale.

57:28

Adam Barrett takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Scott Brown.

57:04

Myles Weston delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

57:04 Booking

Booking Billy Jones is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

56:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Romain Vincelot.

55:58

Myles Weston produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55:15

Jermaine McGlashan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Frampton. Direct free kick taken by Andy Frampton.

52:37 Substitution

Substitution Jack Payne leaves the field to be replaced by Deon Burton.

52:01

Myles Weston takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kaid Mohamed.

48:48

Jermaine McGlashan challenges Callum Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

47:51

Foul by Myles Weston on Sido Jombati, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Billy Jones, Romain Vincelot manages to make a clearance.

46:37

Kaid Mohamed is ruled offside. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

42:01

Darren Carter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Payne. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

40:26

Jack Payne has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save made by Scott Brown. Shot by Danny Kedwell.

39:34

Russell Penn has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

38:07

Corner taken by Billy Jones from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Kedwell manages to make a clearance.

34:52

The ball is swung over by Matt Fish, save by Scott Brown. Myles Weston takes a outswinging corner.

33:06

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Marlon Pack.

32:22

Adam Barrett produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:48

A cross is delivered by Russell Penn, Lewis Montrose manages to make a clearance.

30:58

Russell Penn fouled by Lewis Montrose, the ref awards a free kick. Billy Jones restarts play with the free kick.

28:09

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Myles Weston, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

28:09 Booking

Booking Darren Carter goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

27:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Carter on Romain Vincelot.

26:53

Kaid Mohamed crosses the ball.

25:17

Shot by Chris Whelpdale from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

24:40

Darren Carter challenges Romain Vincelot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Kedwell.

24:17

Chris Whelpdale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.

23:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn by Lewis Montrose. Alan Bennett takes the free kick.

21:00

Alan Bennett takes the direct free kick.

21:00 Booking

Booking Jack Payne booked for unsporting behaviour.

20:46

Jack Payne concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Penn.

18:43

Unfair challenge on Lewis Montrose by Chris Zebroski results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

18:25

Darren Carter fouled by Romain Vincelot, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Elliott.

15:44

Shot by Kaid Mohamed from 18 yards. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

14:41

Billy Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

14:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn by Lewis Montrose. Billy Jones takes the free kick.

12:18

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

11:49

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

11:20

Handball decision goes against Matt Fish. Direct free kick taken by Billy Jones.

10:45

The ball is crossed by Chris Whelpdale.

9:35

Chris Zebroski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Montrose. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

9:13

Myles Weston has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

7:05

Centre by Andy Frampton.

3:30

Chris Zebroski has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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