Cody McDonald's early goal helped lift Gillingham to the top of League Two League with victory over Northampton.

The hosts led when McDonald, making his first start since returning to Priestfield, tapped home following Matt Fish's long ball.

Clive Platt twice wasted good opportunities to level as the visitors went in search of an equaliser.

But Myles Weston sealed the victory in the closing stages, lashing the ball in off the post.

The result means Gillingham return to the summit of League Two, while Northampton drop out of the top three.

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Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was extremely difficult with the wind swirling. I thought both teams played really well but we got the breaks and the three points so happy days.

"The threat of getting our centre forward behind their defenders was something we practiced. We highlighted those passes in behind.

"To be ten points clear of fourth place is some going. More than anything, the run we've had here starts to get on everybody's back.

"The happiness in the dressing room is the sort of dressing room we want."

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"Gillingham are at the top of the league for a reason because generally they get results.

"But what I've always believed about our team is that performances overall will get you success.

"If we perform like we did in the first half - or indeed for a lot of the game - we're not going to be too far away.

"Of course we want to be up at the top of the league and pushing for promotion, but we have got to take stock."

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