Gillingham 1-0 Cheltenham

Gillingham narrowly saw off Cheltenham on the opening day thanks to Lewis Montrose's first-half strike.

Chris Whelpdale went close for the hosts before Montrose gave them the lead after reacting quickest to Jack Payne's deflected effort.

After the interval Danny Andrew sent a free-kick just wide for the Robins as they got back into the game.

Gills sub Luke Rooney saw red late on for a bad challenge on Brian Smikle but the hosts held on.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"Nice to get off to a winning start. We didn't really get our passing game together but at times you have to grind results out.

"They came and made it very difficult for us. To keep a clean sheet and three points, we're delighted.

"We're delighted for Lewis Montrose. He said he could get goals and he did that today.

"Second half they played from back to front quickly and made it difficult for us. We're not going to throw negatives at them, but you have to give the opposition credit."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Gloucestershire:

"I thought we were the better team and very unlucky not to get anything from it.

"We had a couple of shots on the break but we dominated in the second half but we fell into the trap of just slinging it into the box when we had that extra man.

"But overall I'm pleased with the performance and the effort and some of the football we played."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Flitney
  • 02 Fuller
  • 03 Frampton
  • 12 Martin
  • 15 Lawrence Booked
  • 04 Lee Booked
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 08 Payne Booked
  • 17 Spiller (Rooney - 60' Dismissed )
  • 19 Montrose (Weston - 73' )
  • 09 Kedwell

Substitutes

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 06 Richards
  • 18 Jackman
  • 10 Weston
  • 14 Rooney

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Lowe
  • 03 Andrew
  • 06 Elliott
  • 15 Bennett
  • 07 Pack Booked
  • 08 Low (Smikle - 79' )
  • 25 Summerfield (Duffy - 79' )
  • 10 Goulding
  • 14 Spencer Booked (Penn - 67' )
  • 23 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 22 Jombati
  • 04 Bird
  • 11 Smikle
  • 16 Penn
  • 09 Duffy
Ref: Collins
Att: 5,360

Match Stats

Shots

11 13

On target

7 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:15 Booking

Booking Jack Payne is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:45

Corner taken short by Curtis Weston.

90:00 +3:23

Curtis Weston takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.

90:00 +2:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Andrew by Chris Whelpdale. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +2:09

Matt Lawrence fouled by Steve Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

90:00 +1:43

Danny Kedwell challenges Jeff Goulding unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Andrew.

90:00 +1:04

Brian Smikle is ruled offside. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:39

Corner taken right-footed by Marlon Pack, Ross Flitney makes a save.

90:00 +0:18

Shot by Kaid Mohamed. Blocked by Danny Kedwell.

89:41

Corner taken left-footed by Danny Andrew from the right by-line, clearance made by Charlie Lee.

88:56

Corner taken short by Charlie Lee.

88:19

Curtis Weston takes a shot from 12 yards. Scott P Brown makes a save.

87:07

Effort from 25 yards by Danny Andrew. Ross Flitney makes a save.

86:00

Corner taken by Danny Andrew from the right by-line, Barry Fuller manages to make a clearance.

85:27

Jack Payne concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaid Mohamed. Danny Andrew restarts play with the free kick.

82:55

Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.

82:55 Dismissal

Dismissal Luke Rooney is sent off by the referee for serious foul play.

82:00

Foul by Luke Rooney on Brian Smikle, free kick awarded.

79:41

Cross/shot by Danny Andrew.

79:41 Booking

Booking Matt Lawrence shown a yellow card.

79:25

Unfair challenge on Jeff Goulding by Matt Lawrence results in a free kick.

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Joshua Low goes off and Brian Smikle comes on.

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Darryl Duffy replaces Luke Summerfield.

77:22

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Rooney, Danny Kedwell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

76:42

Unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Russell Penn results in a free kick. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

75:08

Joe Martin takes the direct free kick.

75:08 Booking

Booking Marlon Pack is booked.

74:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Rooney by Marlon Pack.

73:58

Unfair challenge on Russell Penn by Jack Payne results in a free kick. Joshua Low takes the direct free kick. Joe Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn. Marlon Pack delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Ross Flitney.

73:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon Pack by Danny Kedwell. Indirect free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Montrose goes off and Curtis Weston comes on.

71:19

Barry Fuller concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaid Mohamed. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Danny Andrew.

69:01

Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.

67:01

Andy Frampton concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeff Goulding. Marlon Pack takes the direct free kick.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution James Spencer leaves the field to be replaced by Russell Penn.

65:24

Shot from 30 yards from Joshua Low. Andy Frampton gets a block in.

64:36

Foul by James Spencer on Matt Lawrence, free kick awarded. Ross Flitney restarts play with the free kick.

64:13

Andy Frampton takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.

63:08

Shot by James Spencer from 25 yards. Matt Lawrence gets a block in.

62:34

Foul by Jeff Goulding on Barry Fuller, free kick awarded. Matt Lawrence takes the direct free kick.

62:13 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Charlie Lee for dissent.

60:52

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Kedwell. Indirect free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

60:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Martin by James Spencer. Ross Flitney takes the indirect free kick.

59:16

Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

59:16 Substitution

Substitution Luke Rooney on for Danny Spiller.

59:16

Joe Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Joshua Low.

58:37

James Spencer is ruled offside. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

58:01

Effort on goal by Charlie Lee from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:48

Foul by Matt Lawrence on James Spencer, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Andrew from the free kick.

54:41

Joshua Low challenges Danny Spiller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

54:02

Marlon Pack takes a shot. Matt Lawrence gets a block in.

53:16

Andy Frampton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lowe. Direct free kick taken by Danny Andrew.

51:52

Marlon Pack has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

50:11

The official flags Lewis Montrose offside. Scott P Brown takes the indirect free kick.

48:57

Danny Spiller takes a short corner.

48:28

Chris Whelpdale has a drilled shot. Chris Whelpdale gets a block in.

45:47

Danny Kedwell is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Alan Bennett.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +4:20 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +3:12

Andy Frampton takes the free kick.

45:00 +3:12 Booking

Booking The referee shows James Spencer a yellow card.

45:00 +2:57

James Spencer challenges Jack Payne unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:00 +2:38

Shot by Chris Whelpdale. Blocked by Alan Bennett.

43:40

Marlon Pack takes a outswinging corner.

41:17

Header from close in by Kaid Mohamed misses to the left of the goal.

38:59

Danny Andrew takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Matt Lawrence.

38:07

Matt Lawrence gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Spencer. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Danny Andrew from left channel, save made by Ross Flitney.

37:07

Lewis Montrose produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

35:45

Unfair challenge on Danny Spiller by Keith Lowe results in a free kick. Jack Payne takes the direct free kick.

34:45

Effort on goal by Kaid Mohamed from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

33:37

Matt Lawrence fouled by Joshua Low, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Flitney restarts play with the free kick.

30:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marlon Pack by Charlie Lee. Marlon Pack takes the direct free kick.

27:40

James Spencer produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

25:53

Assist on the goal came from Jack Payne.

25:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Montrose - Gillingham 1 - 0 Cheltenham A goal is scored by Lewis Montrose from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gillingham 1-0 Cheltenham.

22:43

Shot by Chris Whelpdale from outside the box goes high over the target.

22:07

Foul by Luke Summerfield on Charlie Lee, free kick awarded. Charlie Lee restarts play with the free kick.

19:37

The official flags James Spencer offside. Ross Flitney takes the free kick.

16:08

The official flags Chris Whelpdale offside. Steve Elliott takes the direct free kick.

14:35

Danny Andrew takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lewis Montrose.

13:56

Foul by Marlon Pack on Jack Payne, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ross Flitney.

9:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Payne by Jeff Goulding. Direct free kick taken by Matt Lawrence.

8:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Spencer. Direct free kick taken by Joe Martin.

7:56

Corner taken by Danny Spiller.

5:57

The referee gives a free kick against Matt Lawrence for handball. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Marlon Pack.

5:16

Danny Spiller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.

4:52

Unfair challenge on Barry Fuller by Jeff Goulding results in a free kick. Jack Payne restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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