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 Gillingham Town – Western League Premier Division

Saturday 11 February saw Gillingham Town return to action after nearly a month without a game due to the weather. Unfortunately, their return was marked with a 0-1 loss away to Devon side Willand Rovers, although it was a very close game that the Gills were unlucky not to get anything from. The following Tuesday evening the Gills travelled to Bridport for a Dorset derby where a first-half hat-trick from Harry Baker helped them come from behind to win 3-1. The home side took an 8th minute lead through Louis Rutter, before Baker scored three times in the space of 15 minutes to help the Gills move up to 10th in the table.
On Saturday 18 Gillingham Town earnt a home 2-2 draw with Chipping Sodbury Town. Sodbury fired themselves into a two-goal lead during the first half with Benjamin Dowdell opening the scoring from long range, before Dave Sims set up George Box to double the advantage. The Gills got back into the game thanks to a penalty from Phil Ormrod, before Harry Baker notched the leveller one minute from time to grab a share of the points. The single point saw the Gills drop to 11
th place as they were overtaken by Shepton Mallet, who pulled off a great victory at Melksham Town.

Tuesday 21 saw the Gills play Cadbury Heath who were immediately above them in the league, though on the same points. This was a scrappy game and the first real chance didn’t come till the half hour mark and unsurprisingly at half time the scores were level at 0-0. The Gills performed better in the second half and substitute Elliot Bevis scored in the 76th minute to give them the lead. Bevis scored again in the 90th minute to wrap up the win for the Gills and the three points saw them rise up to 9th in the league.

The month ended on February 25 with the Gills making the tough trip to league leaders Bristol Manor Farm who have only lost one league game all season. Despite putting in a gritty first half performance, half time saw the Gills trailing to a scrappy goal scored by Dean Stamp in the 15th minute. The Gills’ second half performance was just as good and they scored an equaliser through Ashley Clarke with just 20 minutes left. Unfortunately, the lead only lasted 5 minutes when Farm retook the lead with a slick move and they held on to this lead till the final whistle. A very good performance and the Gills were unlucky not to get a share of the points against a very good team.

So overall a pretty good month with 2 losses, 2 wins and a draw which saw the Gills rise from 11th to 9th in the table.

Player of The Month was Ashley Clarke.

 

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