Match ends, Gillingham 5, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Gillingham 5-0 Bolton: Reprieved Wanderers ship five again in first game since being saved
Bolton conceded five goals for a fourth game in a row, yet were still were roared on by a big army of fans as they lost at Gillingham in their first game since being saved by a midweek takeover.
Within 90 minutes of the game ending, Wanderers announced the appointment of Bolton-born former Rochdale and Barnsley boss Keith Hill as their new manager.
But not before on-loan Hearts midfielder Olly Lee had reintroduced himself by scoring twice for the Gills on his return to the League One club.
Lee scored in each half, interwoven with Connor Ogilvie's 27th-minute left-footed shot, Brandon Hanlan's 54th-minute goal and a Jordan Boon own goal.
It was a first victory for Gillingham under their new manager Steve Evans, but his first thoughts were for Bolton.
'The big win' was Bolton turning up
"The big win today was that Bolton Wanderers Football Club turned up on the team coach," Evans told BBC Radio Kent.
"They've got new owners, having got rid of some people who shouldn't really be running football clubs. And they've turned up here with good support.
"They've brought in some new faces and you're a little bit apprehensive when you've made four or five chances and not taken them but, once the first goal went in, our quality started to come through."
Wanderers were saved from liquidation on Wednesday when Football Ventures (Whites) Limited took control of the 145-year-old Football League founder members.
Bolton in transition - but still in business
A surge of new signings is expected, but caretaker boss Jimmy Phillips had only Jack Hobbs at his disposal as the former Liverpool, Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest defender returned to the club to make his first appearance of the season.
He was one of four changes, which included young defender Boon making his first start, and there were recalls for Eddie Brown and Romanian Dennis Politic. But, with so little time to prepare, they could not make much of an impact.
After starting with a 2-0 home defeat at Wycombe, followed by a goalless home draw with Coventry City, Bolton have now leaked five goals in successive games at Rochdale, Tranmere, Ipswich and Gillingham.
But, although 11 points adrift at the bottom of League One, following their pre-season 12-point deduction, they are at least still in business.
Alan Houghton, a fan since the 1960s, talking to 5 Live on the supporters' coach travelling to Kent
"I'm a very happy Wanderer. This time last week we thought the Ipswich match would have been our last, so everybody's overjoyed.
"But we're extremely sad for our friends at Bury. Last weekend it was the other way. They looked as though they'd got a saviour and we hadn't.
"We're just so relieved that it eventually went through. It's all about rebuilding for now. That's what this season is all about.
"If we can give it our best efforts to avoid relegation, if we end up still going down but we've got a team that can compete in League Two next season, then that's a result."
- 8WillockBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMarshallat 45'minutes
- 22LeeSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 63'minutes
- 7HanlanSubstituted forMandronat 79'minutes
- 5HobbsSubstituted forGrahamat 90+1'minutes
- 27DarcySubstituted forKing-Harmesat 58'minutes
- 4LoweBooked at 21mins
- 22PoliticSubstituted forSeniorat 86'minutes
- Robert Lewis
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 5, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Sonny Graham replaces Jack Hobbs.
Attempt blocked. Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Yoan Zouma.
Attempt blocked. Mikael Mandron (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Jakubiak.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Barry Fuller.
Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by James Weir with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).
Adam Senior (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Senior replaces Dennis Politic because of an injury.
Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Lowe (Bolton Wanderers).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Alex Jakubiak (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.
Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Ehmer.
Substitution, Gillingham. Mikael Mandron replaces Brandon Hanlan.
Attempt saved. Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Dennis Politic (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eddie Brown.
Own Goal by Jordan Boon, Bolton Wanderers. Gillingham 5, Bolton Wanderers 0.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Harry Brockbank.
Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Jakubiak.
Attempt missed. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Alfie Jones (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).
Yoan Zouma (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alfie Jones (Gillingham).
Callum King-Harmes (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).
Harry Brockbank (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Alfie Jones with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Alex Jakubiak (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Offside, Gillingham. Mark Byrne tries a through ball, but Alex Jakubiak is caught offside.
Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Harry Brockbank (Bolton Wanderers).
Substitution, Gillingham. Regan Charles-Cook replaces Olly Lee.
Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alfie Jones.
Mark Marshall (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.