Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Gillingham 1.
Kyle Dempsey scored a first-half winner as Gillingham overcame in-form Accrington in League One.
The Gills had lost five of their past six league games and Stanley had moved into the play-off spots after one loss in their last 11 but it was Steve Evans' side who got revenge for a 2-0 defeat in mid-December.
Gillingham were the main threat in the first half with Alex MacDonald forcing two good saves out of Nathan Baxter.
The visitors took the lead one minute into added time as Jordan Graham crossed from the left and MacDonald set up captain Dempsey, who curled the ball home from the edge of the area.
Stanley responded three minutes after the break when a Sean McConville corner found Michael Nottingham but his header thumped against the crossbar.
The Gills continued to threaten, with Baxter pushing away another Dempsey long-range strike, while Jack Bonham superbly denied Colby Bishop an equaliser from close range in the 90th minute.
Accrington drop to ninth in the table, three points off the play-offs, while Gillingham climb two places to 12th.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 2NottinghamBooked at 62mins
- 5SykesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCassidyat 81'minutes
- 6ButcherSubstituted forRussellat 17'minutes
- 2JacksonBooked at 80mins
- 10GrahamSubstituted forO'Keefeat 90+4'minutes
- 19OliverSubstituted forAkindeat 84'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Gillingham 1.
Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
Hand ball by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).
Substitution, Gillingham. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Jordan Graham.
Attempt blocked. Cameron Burgess (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean McConville with a cross.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.
Attempt blocked. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Pritchard.
Ryan Cassidy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Callum Slattery (Gillingham).
Attempt saved. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dion Charles.
Attempt missed. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean McConville with a cross following a set piece situation.
Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham).
Foul by Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley).
Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Joe Pritchard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Callum Slattery (Gillingham).
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.
Foul by Joe Pritchard (Accrington Stanley).
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