League Two leaders Gillingham suffered a shock defeat as Jamie Cureton's late header earned Exeter victory.

Chris Whelpdale gave the Gills an early lead from close range, but Alan Gow's free-kick levelled the scores.

Cureton's close-range shot put City in front before Danny Jackman equalised from 30 yards.

Veteran striker Cureton saw his penalty easily saved by Stuart Nelson but moments later made amends from Liam Sercombe's cross.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"We've had some turns that have gone in our favour but tonight it was cruel and hit us hard. We left ourselves a bit too open and gung-ho.

"A point would have been a good point at that stage, but we had so many attacking players on the pitch we couldn't influence it from the bench because it happened so quickly.

"It's a difficult one to swallow, but I thought the lads gave everything they've got and there's nothing to be too disheartened about."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 11 Jackman
  • 15 Davies
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Lee Booked (Weston - 46' )
  • 14 Allen
  • 16 Montrose (Vincelot - 60' Booked )
  • 10 Strevens (Kedwell - 70' )
  • 20 Burton

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 05 Essam
  • 12 Frampton
  • 30 Vincelot
  • 24 Weston
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 17 Birchall

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Woodman Booked
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 07 Sercombe Booked
  • 08 Oakley
  • 14 Doherty (Keohane - 84' )
  • 10 Gow
  • 12 Cureton (Chamberlain - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans
  • 16 Amankwaah
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 22 Keohane
  • 23 Dawson
  • 20 Nicholls
  • 31 Chamberlain
Ref: Deadman
Att: 6,851

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

4 7

Corners

9 6

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:37 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Chamberlain on for Jamie Cureton.

90:00 +0:37

Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Allen, Chris Whelpdale takes a shot.

88:23

Foul by Danny Kedwell on Pat Baldwin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Coles.

86:42

Assist by Liam Sercombe.

86:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Cureton - Gillingham 2 - 3 Exeter Jamie Cureton finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Gillingham 2-3 Exeter.

85:58 Penalty

Penalty taken by Jamie Cureton saved by Stuart Nelson. Gillingham 2-2 Exeter.

85:26 Booking

Booking Booking for Romain Vincelot for unsporting behaviour.

85:17

Romain Vincelot concedes a Penalty for a foul on Steve Tully.

83:42 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Keohane comes on in place of Tommy Doherty.

80:06

Free kick taken by Danny Jackman.

80:06 Booking

Booking Liam Sercombe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

79:45

Tommy Doherty challenges Deon Burton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Jackman - Gillingham 2 - 2 Exeter Danny Jackman fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-2 Exeter.

77:58

Shot by Jamie Cureton. Comfortable save by Stuart Nelson.

76:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Romain Vincelot on Alan Gow. Steve Tully has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

75:18

Volleyed right-footed shot by Jamie Cureton. Comfortable save by Stuart Nelson.

74:36

Charlie Allen sends in a cross, Artur Krysiak makes a comfortable save.

72:39

The ball is sent over by Romain Vincelot, clearance made by Danny Coles. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Allen, Headed effort from inside the area by Callum Davies misses to the left of the target.

71:58

Myles Weston sends in a cross, clearance made by Pat Baldwin. Charlie Allen takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Pat Baldwin.

69:52

Pat Baldwin fouled by Danny Kedwell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pat Baldwin.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Danny Kedwell is brought on as a substitute for Ben Strevens.

64:38

Alan Gow produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

62:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Adam Barrett. Alan Gow restarts play with the free kick.

61:51

Corner taken by Charlie Allen from the left by-line, Shot from inside the area by Myles Weston clears the bar.

60:52

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Myles Weston goes wide of the right-hand upright.

59:09

Free kick crossed by Alan Gow.

59:09 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Montrose leaves the field to be replaced by Romain Vincelot.

59:09

Lewis Montrose concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Doherty.

57:21

Alan Gow takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Callum Davies. Inswinging corner taken by Alan Gow.

56:28

Scot Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Deon Burton. Deon Burton takes the free kick.

55:20

Myles Weston sends in a cross, Danny Coles manages to make a clearance.

53:20

Alan Gow provided the assist for the goal.

53:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Cureton - Gillingham 1 - 2 Exeter Jamie Cureton scores a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-2 Exeter.

52:28

Liam Sercombe produces a cross, Shot by Jamie Cureton. Matt Fish gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Alan Gow,

50:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow played to the near post, Chris Whelpdale makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow from the right by-line to the near post.

50:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Doherty by Ben Strevens. Tommy Doherty takes the direct free kick.

49:23

Charlie Allen is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

48:23

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ben Strevens misses to the left of the goal.

46:09

Jamie Cureton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Charlie Allen takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Lee.

45:00 +2:36 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:57

Matt Fish has a volleyed shot. Artur Krysiak makes a comfortable save.

44:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen from the right by-line, clearance made by Jamie Cureton.

43:36

Deon Burton produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

43:15

Tommy Doherty concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Allen. Charlie Allen takes the direct free kick.

42:21

The ball is crossed by Danny Jackman, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ben Strevens misses to the left of the goal.

41:32

Unfair challenge on Steve Tully by Ben Strevens results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

39:28

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen played to the near post. Effort on goal by Danny Jackman from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:24

Alan Gow challenges Charlie Allen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Jackman crosses the ball in from the free kick, Pat Baldwin makes a clearance.

36:36

Effort on goal by Deon Burton from 25 yards. Blocked by Tommy Doherty.

35:58

Tommy Doherty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Allen. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Lee.

35:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Cureton. Indirect free kick taken by Lewis Montrose.

34:08

The ball is swung over by Danny Jackman, Headed effort on goal by Deon Burton from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

33:30

Ben Strevens concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Steve Tully takes the free kick.

32:30

Liam Sercombe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Adam Barrett gets a block in. Alan Gow takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Lewis Montrose.

32:10

Matt Fish handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jamie Cureton takes the direct free kick.

31:12

Charlie Allen takes the free kick.

31:12 Booking

Booking Booking for Craig Woodman for unsporting behaviour.

31:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Craig Woodman.

29:52

Chris Whelpdale has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

26:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Gow - Gillingham 1 - 1 Exeter Alan Gow scores a fantastic goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-1 Exeter.

25:26 Booking

Booking Booking for Charlie Lee for unsporting behaviour.

25:13

Charlie Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow.

21:51

Steve Tully crosses the ball, save by Stuart Nelson.

21:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Tommy Doherty. Free kick taken by Chris Whelpdale.

19:06

Foul by Lewis Montrose on Tommy Doherty, free kick awarded. Pat Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

17:23

Shot by Lewis Montrose from 30 yards. Matt Oakley gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Matt Fish, comfortable save by Artur Krysiak.

14:50

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Allen.

13:20

Charlie Allen decides to take a short corner.

6:18

Foul by Matt Oakley on Matt Fish, free kick awarded. Matt Fish restarts play with the free kick. The official flags Ben Strevens offside. Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.

5:46

Foul by Alan Gow on Charlie Allen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Jackman.

4:52

Unfair challenge on Ben Strevens by Matt Oakley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

3:01

Assist on the goal came from Lewis Montrose.

3:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Whelpdale - Gillingham 1 - 0 Exeter Chris Whelpdale grabs a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Exeter.

2:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Sercombe on Charlie Lee. Direct free kick taken by Adam Barrett.

1:57

Volleyed right-footed shot by Matt Fish.

0:57

Charlie Allen takes the outswinging corner, Scot Bennett manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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