Gillingham maintained their lead at the top of League Two with a comfortable win over Bristol Rovers.

The Gills went ahead inside three minutes when Chris Whelpdale shot into the top right corner after good work from Myles Weston.

Deon Burton doubled the visitors' lead, lifting the ball over his marker before volleying into the bottom corner.

The home side dominated possession in the second-half, but were unable to worry a stubborn Gillingham defence.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"Defensively, the way they defended our goal was fantastic.

"Was it spectacular? No. Was it beautiful? No. Everyone did their job in our team.

"The teamwork, ethic and commitment to play in a team to make us hard to break down was pretty good.

"Whelpdale's goal was brilliant, we've got some match winners here, people who will get you those goals and we've also got a unity, men committed to the club."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol Rovers

  • 13 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 05 Kenneth (Norburn - 45' )
  • 06 Parks
  • 11 Broghammer (Harding - 76' )
  • 14 Brown
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 25 Clucas
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 10 Richard
  • 16 Anyinsah (Hitchcock - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gough
  • 04 Woodards
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 15 Norburn
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 27 Hitchcock

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin
  • 06 Legge
  • 12 Frampton
  • 26 Barrett
  • 04 Payne
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 24 Weston (Allen - 73' )
  • 17 Birchall (Gregory - 57' )
  • 20 Burton (Kedwell - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 11 Jackman
  • 15 Davies
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen
  • 28 Gregory
  • 09 Kedwell
Ref: Malone
Att: 6,088

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

1 3

Corners

10 5

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:30

Lee Brown delivers the ball, Leon Legge makes a clearance. Eliot Richards produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:06

John-Joe O'Toole challenges Steven Gregory unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Allen takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:05

Unfair challenge on Steven Gregory by Tom Hitchcock results in a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

89:57

Centre by Lee Brown, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

89:29

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, Charlie Allen gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown played to the near post, Leon Legge makes a clearance.

88:13

Tom Parkes produces a cross, clearance by Matt Fish.

87:29

Michael Smith sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Gregory.

85:55

Unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Chris Whelpdale results in a free kick. Steve Mildenhall takes the direct free kick.

85:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against John-Joe O'Toole. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

82:53

Tom Hitchcock fouled by Adam Barrett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lee Brown, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

81:37

The ball is delivered by Michael Smith, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

80:53

Centre by Chris Whelpdale, Tom Parkes manages to make a clearance.

78:23

Effort from just outside the area by John-Joe O'Toole goes over the target.

75:33

Lee Brown delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Smith.

75:33 Substitution

Substitution Mitch Harding replaces Fabian Broghammer.

75:33

Oliver Norburn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Martin.

73:48

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Steve Mildenhall makes a save.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Allen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Myles Weston.

71:26

A cross is delivered by Michael Smith, save made by Stuart Nelson.

69:42

A cross is delivered by Chris Whelpdale, blocked by Mark McChrystal.

69:12

Centre by Michael Smith, Leon Legge manages to make a clearance.

69:01

Michael Smith produces a cross, clearance made by Matt Fish.

68:44

Mark McChrystal produces a cross, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

68:22

Centre by Fabian Broghammer, Leon Legge manages to make a clearance.

64:49

Danny Kedwell fouled by Tom Parkes, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Myles Weston, save by Steve Mildenhall.

63:47

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer.

62:34

Joe Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliver Norburn. Fabian Broghammer crosses the ball in from the free kick, Leon Legge makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer played to the near post, clearance by Leon Legge.

61:40

Drilled left-footed shot by Myles Weston. Save made by Steve Mildenhall.

57:46

Steven Gregory is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Fabian Broghammer.

56:11 Substitution

Substitution Danny Kedwell comes on in place of Deon Burton.

56:11 Substitution

Substitution Adam Birchall leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Gregory.

53:01

Oliver Norburn takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Legge.

51:43

Foul by Andy Frampton on John-Joe O'Toole, free kick awarded. Fabian Broghammer crosses the ball in from the free kick, Leon Legge makes a clearance.

47:17

Jack Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

45:33

The ball is sent over by Joe Martin, clearance by Eliot Richards. Chris Whelpdale takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tom Parkes.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Tom Hitchcock coming on for Joe Anyinsah.

45:00 +3:17 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:11 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Norburn comes on in place of Garry Kenneth.

45:00 +1:11

Myles Weston challenges Tom Parkes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

43:26

The assist for the goal came from Chris Whelpdale.

43:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Bristol R 0 - 2 Gillingham Goal scored by Deon Burton from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-2 Gillingham.

41:00

Chris Whelpdale crosses the ball, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance. The ball is delivered by Matt Fish, save by Steve Mildenhall.

39:41

The ball is crossed by Myles Weston, clearance by Garry Kenneth.

38:50

Adam Birchall fouled by John-Joe O'Toole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Whelpdale from left wing, clearance by Garry Kenneth.

38:27

The ball is crossed by Tom Parkes, clearance by Adam Barrett.

37:29

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Martin from the left by-line. Foul by Leon Legge on Garry Kenneth, free kick awarded. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

36:23

Tom Parkes has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

35:18

The ball is sent over by Tom Parkes, clearance made by Leon Legge. Outswinging corner taken by Fabian Broghammer from the left by-line, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

34:58

The ball is swung over by John-Joe O'Toole, clearance by Matt Fish.

33:58

Seanan Clucas delivers the ball, blocked by Joe Martin. Inswinging corner taken by Fabian Broghammer from the right by-line played to the near post, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

32:28

Centre by Lee Brown, Leon Legge manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer, clearance made by Leon Legge.

29:53

The ball is delivered by Myles Weston, Seanan Clucas manages to make a clearance. Joe Martin takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Mark McChrystal. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Martin, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.

28:14

The referee blows for offside against Adam Birchall. Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.

26:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against John-Joe O'Toole. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

25:16

The referee blows for offside against John-Joe O'Toole. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

21:21

Matt Fish sends in a cross, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.

19:53

Fabian Broghammer crosses the ball, Leon Legge makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer from the left by-line, clearance made by Leon Legge.

19:12

Michael Smith fouled by Myles Weston, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

17:54

The ball is delivered by Tom Parkes, John-Joe O'Toole takes a shot.

16:14

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, Joe Martin manages to make a clearance.

14:41

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Martin from the left by-line, clearance made by John-Joe O'Toole.

13:39

Andy Frampton challenges Eliot Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.

12:09

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Fabian Broghammer, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

11:01

A cross is delivered by Michael Smith. The ball is swung over by Joe Anyinsah, blocked by Joe Martin. Fabian Broghammer takes the inswinging corner, Chris Whelpdale manages to make a clearance.

9:58

Eliot Richards delivers the ball, blocked by Joe Martin. Corner taken left-footed by Fabian Broghammer to the near post, Leon Legge manages to make a clearance.

7:46

Seanan Clucas produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

6:14

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

5:23

Foul by Michael Smith on Myles Weston, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Joe Martin.

5:09

Lee Brown produces a cross, Joe Martin manages to make a clearance.

2:55

The assist for the goal came from Myles Weston.

2:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Whelpdale - Bristol R 0 - 1 Gillingham Chris Whelpdale scores a goal from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-1 Gillingham.

1:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Deon Burton. Steve Mildenhall takes the free kick.

0:58

The offside flag is raised against Eliot Richards. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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