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Accrington Stanley 0-2 Gillingham

First-half goals from Brandon Hanlan and Josh Parker spoilt Accrington's first game in League One as Gillingham won 2-0.

The League Two champions are playing in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1960 but the Gills were clinical, inflicting Stanley's first defeat at home in 2018.

Stanley's Jonny Maxted was the first goalkeeper in action, pulling off a diving save to deny Mark Byrne in the seventh minute.

At the other end, Sean McConville's header beat keeper Tomas Holy but Max Ehmer headed off the line.

The Gills took the lead on 23 minutes when Hanlan fired home from close range after getting on the end of a Regan Charles-Cook cross.

Gillingham piled on the pressure and they made it two on 43 minutes. Luke O'Neill played in a cross from the right and Parker's diving header beat Maxted.

Stanley tried to get back in the game in the second half - Scott Brown's goalbound shot hit his own player, Offrande Zanzala headed over and Ross Sykes had a header cleared off the line - but they could not find a way through.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Maxted
  • 2JohnsonSubstituted forFinleyat 62'minutes
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 3Hughes
  • 15SykesBooked at 68mins
  • 7ClarkBooked at 45mins
  • 28Conneely
  • 8Brown
  • 11McConville
  • 10JacksonSubstituted forZanzalaat 82'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 9Zanzala
  • 14Finley
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 18Rodgers
  • 22Mingoia
  • 25Platt
  • 34Warner

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3Garmston
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 16Bingham
  • 8Parrett
  • 33ByrneBooked at 38mins
  • 7HanlanSubstituted forEavesat 70'minutes
  • 14Parker

Substitutes

  • 9Eaves
  • 12Fuller
  • 17Nasseri
  • 18Nash
  • 19Simpson
  • 25Stevenson
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
2,201

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Gillingham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Gillingham 2.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Bradley Garmston.

Attempt saved. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Bradley Garmston.

Attempt saved. Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Seamus Conneely.

Attempt blocked. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Luke O'Neill.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).

Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).

Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Josh Parker (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Offrande Zanzala replaces Kayden Jackson.

Attempt missed. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Delay in match Josh Parker (Gillingham) because of an injury.

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barnsley11004043
2Gillingham11002023
3Doncaster11003213
4Peterborough11002113
5Rochdale11002113
6Scunthorpe11002113
7Sunderland11002113
8Walsall11002113
9Wimbledon11001013
10Bradford11001013
11Portsmouth11001013
12Blackpool10100001
13Wycombe10100001
14Southend100123-10
15Bristol Rovers100112-10
16Burton100112-10
17Charlton100112-10
18Coventry100112-10
19Plymouth100112-10
20Fleetwood100101-10
21Luton100101-10
22Shrewsbury100101-10
23Accrington100102-20
24Oxford Utd100104-40
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