Gillingham sealed the League Two title, their first in nearly 50 years, despite being held to a draw by AFC Wimbledon.

They took the lead when veteran striker Deon Burton found the net with a shot from deep inside the penalty box

They then doubled their lead when Danny Kedwell deftly headed in a left-wing cross from Chris Whelpdale.

The Dons struck back when Jack Midson scored from close range and Jon Meade levelled late on, but it was not enough to stop Gillingham taking the trophy.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"Amazing, 10 months of hard work. They've just kept going, getting points, breaking records, the first title Gillingham have won for 50 years and to be the manager on this special day is a magnificent feeling.

"This is the best highlight of my career. I'm the worst Allen in the Allen family. The others are multi-talented, and for me, to be nicknamed Mad Dog just because I tackled people and make a living from football, and to be known as a manager who keeps clubs up, to be champions is unbelievable.

"It's a lottery win, Christmas Day, money can't buy that. Priceless moment."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"It would have been great to get three points but playing the Champions away from home is never going to be easy.

"If we can play like that next week then we will be OK and I still believe, I don't think York or Dagenham can overtake us if we win.

"We have got to focus on ourselves and if we win we stay up, we have to keep going and do what we are good at."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 06 Legge
  • 12 Frampton
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale Booked (Weston - 47' )
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen
  • 28 Gregory
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 20 Burton (Birchall - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 05 East
  • 15 Davies
  • 18 Dack
  • 24 Weston
  • 37 Muggleton
  • 17 Birchall

AFC Wimbledon

  • 22 Sullivan
  • 05 Balkestein
  • 06 Mitchell-King (Osano - 60' Booked )
  • 31 Meades
  • 39 Bennett
  • 44 Hussey
  • 08 S Moore (Alexander - 79' )
  • 12 Pell
  • 10 Midson
  • 11 L Moore
  • 19 Prior (Strutton - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 02 Osano
  • 29 Antwi
  • 07 Long
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 21 Strutton
  • 28 Alexander
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 11,172

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

3 4

Corners

0 4

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

88:33

Gary Alexander challenges Steven Gregory unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

87:21

Free kick taken by Charlie Allen.

87:21 Booking

Booking Curtis Osano goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

87:12

Curtis Osano concedes a free kick for a foul on Myles Weston.

83:48

The ball is crossed by Jack Midson, Stuart Nelson makes a save.

83:16

Adam Birchall challenges Alan Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Sullivan.

82:34

Effort from inside the penalty area by Gary Alexander strikes the post.

82:06

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Hussey.

81:18

Assist on the goal came from Charlie Strutton.

81:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon Meades - Gillingham 2 - 2 Wimbledon Jon Meades gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Gillingham 2-2 AFC Wimbledon.

79:27

Effort on goal by Chris Hussey from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Gary Alexander on for Sammy Moore.

77:40

Corner taken by Chris Hussey, clearance made by Danny Kedwell.

75:43

Direct free kick taken by Charlie Lee.

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Deon Burton goes off and Adam Birchall comes on.

75:43

The referee penalises Pim Balkestein for handball.

74:21

Luke Moore produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Steven Gregory.

72:49

The ball is delivered by Jon Meades, fantastic save by Stuart Nelson.

70:57

Deon Burton challenges Jon Meades unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Sullivan takes the free kick.

70:29

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

66:34

Shot from outside the box by Charlie Lee misses to the left of the target.

65:57

Matt Fish challenges Charlie Strutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Pell takes the direct free kick.

64:43

Assist on the goal came from Charlie Strutton.

64:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Midson - Gillingham 2 - 1 Wimbledon Jack Midson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 2-1 AFC Wimbledon.

61:53

Jon Meades produces a cross, Pim Balkestein takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

61:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Hussey, clearance made by Charlie Lee.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution (AFC Wimbledon) makes a substitution, with Curtis Osano coming on for Mat Mitchel-King.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Strutton replaces Jason Prior.

55:52

The ball is delivered by Andy Frampton.

55:11

Drilled left-footed shot by Myles Weston.

52:11

Shot from outside the box by Charlie Lee goes wide right of the target.

51:54

Drilled right-footed shot by Steven Gregory. Blocked by Jack Midson.

51:20

Jon Meades challenges Myles Weston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Allen.

50:39

Jack Midson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

50:05

The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey, clearance by Adam Barrett.

48:52

The ball is delivered by Myles Weston.

48:00

Chris Hussey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

47:09

Effort from outside the area by Luke Moore goes wide right of the goal.

46:01 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston comes on in place of Chris Whelpdale.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:20

Jon Meades crosses the ball, comfortable save by Stuart Nelson.

44:24

Jason Prior is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

40:11

Chris Hussey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

38:28

Charlie Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Pell. Chris Hussey crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Adam Barrett. Chris Hussey takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Leon Legge.

35:43

The ball is crossed by Chris Hussey, Steven Gregory gets a block in.

33:35

Charlie Lee fouled by Sammy Moore, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Allen.

32:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Lee on Jason Prior. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Moore. The official flags Pim Balkestein offside. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

31:22

Charlie Allen produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

26:17

The ball is crossed by Charlie Lee, clearance by Harry Pell.

25:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fish by Jon Meades. Free kick taken by Charlie Allen.

24:45

John Sullivan takes the free kick.

24:45 Booking

Booking Chris Whelpdale booked.

23:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sullivan by Chris Whelpdale.

22:07

Assist on the goal came from Chris Whelpdale.

22:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 2 - 0 Wimbledon Danny Kedwell grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Gillingham 2-0 AFC Wimbledon.

21:53

The ball is crossed by Chris Whelpdale,

20:42

Drilled right-footed shot by Harry Pell. Blocked by Danny Kedwell.

19:55

Adam Barrett challenges Jack Midson unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Hussey from right channel, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

16:56

The referee blows for offside. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

16:18

Foul by Charlie Allen on Chris Hussey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Sammy Moore, Leon Legge manages to make a clearance.

15:41

Long range shot by Chris Whelpdale goes wide right of the net.

15:30

Harry Pell concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Lee. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Allen.

14:04

The ball is crossed by Andy Frampton.

11:24

Assist on the goal came from Chris Whelpdale.

11:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Gillingham 1 - 0 Wimbledon Deon Burton finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 AFC Wimbledon.

11:06

The ball is crossed by Chris Whelpdale, clearance by Chris Hussey.

10:29

Steven Gregory fouled by Jason Prior, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Frampton restarts play with the free kick.

8:07

Jack Midson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Legge. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

7:13

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

6:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gregory by Harry Pell. Charlie Allen restarts play with the free kick.

2:00

Charlie Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Pell. John Sullivan takes the free kick.

1:46

Jack Midson is caught offside. Stuart Nelson takes the free kick.

1:03

Jack Midson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

0:05

Unfair challenge on Harry Pell by Charlie Lee results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sammy Moore, clearance made by Adam Barrett.

0:00

The match begins.

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