Deon Burton hit a stoppage-time winner to secure a 2-1 win over Morecambe and send Gillingham seven points clear at the top of League Two.

The Gills went ahead when Lewis Montrose rolled the ball into an empty net after an error from Barry Roche.

The Shrimpers looked to have secured a point when sub Jack Renshaw tapped in Kevin Ellison's low cross.

But veteran striker Burton controlled on his chest, swivelled and hit a half-volley past Roche from eight yards out.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"What a goal, what a finish. I've seen him do that for years. It was an amazing end to a difficult game.

"Morecambe have been on good form. They're well organised with good men, proper men.

"It was a tough game and to come out of that with a win was fantastic. Never say never.

"In modern football your subs have to be powerful and quality and we have match winners on our bench. They all came on and did so well."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 11 Jackman
  • 12 Frampton (Burton - 76' )
  • 15 Davies
  • 26 Barrett
  • 30 Vincelot (Allen - 64' )
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 16 Montrose
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 10 Strevens Booked (Weston - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 05 Essam
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen
  • 24 Weston
  • 17 Birchall
  • 20 Burton

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton Booked
  • 08 Wright Booked
  • 15 McCready
  • 22 Parrish
  • 07 Reid (Threlfall - 90' )
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald
  • 10 Brodie (Redshaw - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 12 Parkinson
  • 19 McGee
  • 09 Alessandra
  • 27 Redshaw
Ref: Robinson
Att: 5,402

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

9 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:53 Full time

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

90:00 +4:26

Unfair challenge on Robbie Threlfall by Deon Burton results in a free kick. Christopher McCready takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:54

Matt Fish provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Gillingham 2 - 1 Morecambe Deon Burton gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 2-1 Morecambe.

90:00 +1:58

Myles Weston crosses the ball, Kevin Ellison makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Allen, clearance made by Stewart Drummond.

90:00 +1:22

Adam Barrett takes a shot. Stewart Drummond gets a block in.

90:00 +0:12 Substitution

Substitution Robbie Threlfall replaces Izak Reid.

89:48 Booking

Booking Andrew Wright receives a caution.

89:14

Danny Kedwell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

88:53

The ball is crossed by Myles Weston, save by Barry Roche.

87:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Izak Reid, clearance by Danny Kedwell.

87:20

Unfair challenge on Nicholas Fenton by Deon Burton results in a free kick. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

86:40

Charlie Allen produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

83:39

Deon Burton sends in a cross, Barry Roche makes a save.

81:56

Izak Reid is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

81:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Charlie Allen. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

77:41

Gary McDonald fouled by Danny Jackman, the ref awards a free kick. Izak Reid crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

75:14 Substitution

Substitution (Gillingham) makes a substitution, with Deon Burton coming on for Andy Frampton.

75:05

Myles Weston crosses the ball, Nicholas Fenton manages to make a clearance.

72:50

Charlie Allen takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Izak Reid.

72:19

The ball is crossed by Myles Weston, clearance by Andrew Wright.

69:32

Danny Kedwell is caught offside. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

68:30

Assist by Kevin Ellison.

68:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Redshaw - Gillingham 1 - 1 Morecambe Jack Redshaw scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-1 Morecambe.

67:03

Andrew Parrish fouled by Danny Kedwell, the ref awards a free kick. Christopher McCready takes the free kick.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Jack Redshaw replaces Richard Brodie.

64:17

Handball decision goes against Kevin Ellison. Matt Fish takes the free kick.

62:34 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Allen comes on in place of Romain Vincelot.

62:34

Romain Vincelot challenges Andrew Fleming unfairly and gives away a free kick. Izak Reid shoots direct from the free kick.

62:18

A cross is delivered by Kevin Ellison, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

61:59

Gary McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

59:24

Andrew Wright has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

59:13

Centre by Andrew Parrish.

58:01

Unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by Andy Frampton results in a free kick. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

53:19

A cross is delivered by Chris Whelpdale, clearance made by Christopher McCready.

52:51

Richard Brodie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish. Matt Fish takes the direct free kick.

52:29

Myles Weston takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche.

51:12

Kevin Ellison produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

49:28

Kevin Ellison is caught offside. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

48:32

The ball is sent over by Gary McDonald, Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

47:44

The ball is delivered by Andrew Parrish, clearance made by Chris Whelpdale.

47:02

The ball is swung over by Andrew Wright, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ben Strevens goes off and Myles Weston comes on.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:39

Foul by Andrew Wright on Chris Whelpdale, free kick awarded. Danny Jackman restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:11

Andrew Fleming gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Romain Vincelot. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Kedwell on Nicholas Fenton. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.

44:20

Shot from long range by Chris Whelpdale misses to the right of the target.

43:47

The referee gives a free kick against Andrew Wright for handball. Danny Jackman delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Kevin Ellison.

42:30

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche.

41:46

Matt Fish fouled by Andrew Fleming, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Fish takes the free kick.

41:09

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, clearance by Andrew Fleming.

40:50

Shot by Callum Davies. Blocked by Andrew Fleming.

40:16

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Jackman, save by Barry Roche.

40:16 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Nicholas Fenton for dissent.

39:15

Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche. Kevin Ellison challenges Callum Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

37:38

Direct free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

37:38 Booking

Booking Booking for Ben Strevens for unsporting behaviour.

37:19

Ben Strevens challenges Andrew Fleming unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Montrose - Gillingham 1 - 0 Morecambe Lewis Montrose fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Morecambe.

34:21

Foul by Gary McDonald on Ben Strevens, free kick awarded. Danny Jackman crosses the ball in from the free kick.

32:24

Shot from just outside the box by Lewis Montrose misses to the right of the goal.

31:34

Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Nicholas Fenton results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Danny Jackman, clearance made by Kevin Ellison.

30:50

Romain Vincelot produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

30:22

The ball is delivered by Richard Brodie, save made by Stuart Nelson.

29:44

Romain Vincelot sends in a cross, Andrew Parrish makes a clearance.

29:25

Izak Reid takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

28:27

Shot from outside the area by Richard Brodie misses to the left of the target.

25:42

Corner taken right-footed by Romain Vincelot, Adam Barrett takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Fleming.

24:19

Corner taken by Izak Reid.

24:06

The ball is swung over by Izak Reid, clearance by Callum Davies.

22:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher McCready on Danny Kedwell. Andy Frampton takes the direct free kick.

17:23

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman.

15:20

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Danny Kedwell misses to the right of the target.

14:28

Matt Fish delivers the ball, Andrew Parrish manages to make a clearance.

13:37

The ball is sent over by Matt Fish, clearance made by Nicholas Fenton.

11:08

The ball is sent over by Andrew Parrish, clearance by Lewis Montrose.

9:59

Izak Reid delivers the ball, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

9:20

Izak Reid takes the outswinging corner, Lewis Montrose manages to make a clearance.

7:20

Chris Whelpdale challenges Gary McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Wright crosses the ball in from the free kick, Danny Kedwell makes a clearance.

5:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Strevens by Nicholas Fenton. Danny Jackman crosses the ball, Ben Strevens produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

4:12

Effort on goal by Kevin Ellison from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

3:29

Romain Vincelot challenges Andrew Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

2:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Jackman from the right by-line, Lewis Montrose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Roche. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

1:47

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Romain Vincelot.

1:04

Matt Fish takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche. Corner taken by Danny Jackman played to the near post, clearance by Christopher McCready.

0:00

The game begins.

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