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Gillingham 1-0 Scunthorpe United

Mark Byrne grabbed the decisive goal as Gillingham beat in-form Scunthorpe to climb out of the League One relegation zone.

Midfielder Byrne notched on the half-hour mark, firing powerfully into the bottom corner from 20 yards after good play by Wigan loanee Leo Da Silva Lopes.

Despite being without a home league win since Boxing Day, and playing against a side with six victories from their previous eight games, the Gills were deserved winners.

Early on, home forward Brandon Hanlan poked the ball wide after sliding to meet Graham Burke's low pass across the face of goal, while Burke himself shot just wide on the turn from 20 yards.

Byrne almost added a second goal from distance eight minutes after the break but this time his low drive bounced just wide of Jak Alnwick's post.

Scunthorpe's best chance came when Kyle Wootton headed inches wide from Cameron Burgess' in-swinging cross on the stroke of the hour.

Iron captain Rory McArdle had a header tipped around the post by Tomas Holy and the Gillingham goalkeeper also brilliantly kept out Tom Pearce's goal-bound drive from 25 yards, while Adam Hammill blazed wide late on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 12Fuller
  • 33Byrne
  • 17Da Silva LopesSubstituted forReillyat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10BurkeSubstituted forListat 85'minutes
  • 16BinghamSubstituted forOldakerat 63'minutes
  • 7Hanlan
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 8Parrett
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 13Reilly
  • 15List
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21King
  • 30Hadler

Scunthorpe

  • 25Alnwick
  • 26McGahey
  • 23McArdle
  • 21Burgess
  • 4McMahon
  • 22Sutton
  • 6Ojo
  • 16PearceSubstituted forBen El-Mhanniat 79'minutes
  • 18ThomasSubstituted forHammillat 73'minutes
  • 10van VeenBooked at 50minsSubstituted forOlomolaat 63'minutes
  • 29Wootton

Substitutes

  • 5Webster
  • 15Lewis
  • 19Ben El-Mhanni
  • 24Olomola
  • 27Flatt
  • 33Butroid
  • 47Hammill
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,170

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Scunthorpe United 0.

Booking

Callum Reilly (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Elliott List (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Olufela Olomola (Scunthorpe United).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Graham Burke.

Attempt missed. Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Attempt blocked. Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Graham Burke (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Yasin Ben El-Mhanni replaces Tom Pearce.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Callum Reilly replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Scunthorpe United).

Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Adam Hammill replaces George Thomas.

Attempt missed. Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Gillingham).

Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Graham Burke (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Graham Burke (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Darren Oldaker replaces Billy Bingham.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Olufela Olomola replaces Kevin van Veen.

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Tony McMahon (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Barry Fuller (Gillingham).

Levi Sutton (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

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2Barnsley32198559283165
3Portsmouth32179654351960
4Sunderland311514253302359
5Charlton33168948331556
6Doncaster31158858391953
7Peterborough33141095144752
8Blackpool32121283428648
9Coventry33137133637-146
10Fleetwood33129124436845
11Wycombe331110124247-543
12Burton32119124240242
13Southend33124174344-140
14Scunthorpe33117154057-1740
15Plymouth33108154053-1338
16Accrington30910112940-1137
17Gillingham32106164253-1136
18Walsall3398163453-1935
19Rochdale3297163863-2534
20Bristol Rovers3189143034-433
21Oxford Utd32712133848-1033
22Shrewsbury32712133444-1033
23Bradford3396183652-1633
24Wimbledon3275202348-2526
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