Gillingham Town 1 v 1 Shepton Mallet
This was a ‘middle of the table’ clash on Tuesday, 4 April, though, as it turned out, both teams gave nothing short of 100%.
It was Shepton who started the brighter and in the early part of the game Gills’ keeper Jamie Beale had to pull off some important early saves to keep his side in the game. There was nothing he could do about Shepton’s opening goal just past the quarter hour mark though as Conrad Peck’s header flew past him into the net.
After this the Gills began to get into the game though and they ended the first half the stronger side with Harry Baker going close before Shepton’s keeper, Tom Easterbrook, pulled off a great fingertip save to deflect a Jamie Filkins effort onto the post.
So Shepton took a 0-1 lead into the break in a very evenly matched game that saw them dominate the opening spell but Gillingham ending the half strongly.
The early stages of the second half saw both teams create chances and Nick Thomson was unlucky not to score with a ferocious shot from outside the area but, once again, Easterbrook pulled off a magnificent save. He wasn’t to be denied a goal though and bang on the hour mark his header from a corner gave Easterbrook no chance and drew the Gills level at 1-1.
Easterbrook pulled off another great save a few minutes later when Harry Baker tried to lob the ball over him, but he just managed to get his fingertips to the ball and deflect it just wide of the post.
Both teams had chances to get all three points but neither could capitalise on their efforts so the final whistle sounded and the points were shared. Once again this was a good game for the spectators.
Man of the Match was Nick Thomson
Next up for the Gills is another trip to Bristol to play Cribbs on Saturday (8th) with a 3:00 pm kick off.
Gills’ line up: Beale, Filkins, Sweet, White, Hewlett, Thomson, H Baker, Clarke, Morgan, Chainey, Bevis (O’Shea 83). Unused subs: Hansford, J Baker