Gillingham 1 Northampton Town 2 - the match report
21 October 2017
SKY BET LEAGUE 1 Saturday October 21st, 3.00pm MEMS Priestfield Stadium
GILLINGHAM 1 Lee Martin 62
NORTHAMPTON TOWN2 Daniel Powell 45 Matt Grimes 73
Attendance: 4,640 (293 Cobblers fans)
Gillingham: Thomas Holy, Sean Clare, Gabriel Zakuani, Max Ehmer, Connor Ogilvie, Jake Hessenthaler, Billy Bingham, Josh Parker, Lee Martin, Elliott List, Tom Eaves (sub Bradley Garmston 76) Subs not used: Stuart Nelson, Scott Wagstaff, Mark Byrne, Ben Chapman, Greg Cundle, Conor Wilkinson
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Regan Poole, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Shaun McWilliams, Matt Grimes, Daniel Powell, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Sam Foley 64), Sam Hoskins (sub Billy Waters 75), Chris Long (sub Marc Richards 90) Subs not used: David Cornell, Dean Bowditch, Yaser Kasim, George Smith
Referee: Mr Ross Joyce
Booked: Gillingham: Gabriel Zakuani (89) Cobblers: David Buchanan (9, 1st of the season), Shaun McWilliams (69, 3rd), Matt Grimes (86, 3rd)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension 10 cautions on or before 32 games; 2 match suspension 15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sent off: Gillingham: none Cobblers: none
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Sam Hoskins and Shaun McWilliams came back into the side for the trip to Gillingham and John-Joe O’Toole started a game for the first time since April as he continued his return from a groin injury. McWilliams filled in at right-back with Brendan Moloney (knee) unavailable for selection. Marc Richards, back from a thigh strain, was named on the bench.
Gabriel Zakuani, who spent the 2016/17 season at Sixfields, started for Gillingham who also included two former Cobblers loanees in their side, Lee Martin and Josh Parker.
Matt Grimes went close with an early free-kick with Storm Brian making conditions difficult for both sides on a blustery afternoon in Kent. Jake Hessenthaler flashed a header wide in the first chance of the game for the Gills. Thomas Holy saved from Daniel Powell with Matt Ingram tested by a shot from Martin.
A block from Zakuani saw a shot from Chris Long deflected behind and Hoskins volleyed just over the bar as the first half reached the midway point. Ash Taylor meanwhile made a vital tackle to deny a clean through on goal Tom Eaves.
The Cobblers took the lead just before half-time, Daniel Powell with a powerful drive from 25-yards that gave Holy in the Gills goal no chance.
Holy made a good save to prevent Aaron Pierre making it 2-0 as the Cobblers began the second half on the front foot.
It was Gillingham who scored the game’s next goal though, Lee Martin with the equaliser from 10-yards after a neat turn inside the area.
The Cobblers were back in front on 73 minutes, Matt Grimes with a terrific free-kick from 25-yards that went in via the post.
Substitute Sam Foley headed wide from a corner as the Cobblers looked to put the result beyond doubt, Powell also nearly capitalising on a poor back pass to make it 3-1 in stoppage time. Two goals in the end proved to be enough though as the Cobblers claimed a three-point haul on the road.
GILLINGHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8 CORNERS: (7) 9 FOULS: (7) 16 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets) SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5 SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8 CORNERS: (4) 6 FOULS: (5) 11 CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
Gillingham v Northampton Town Sky Bet League 1 Saturday October 21st Kick off 3pm
We have been allocated an initial 400 tickets for this fixture and these are now on sale from Sixfields and ntfcdirect.co.uk.
We have received 200 tickets for the Brian Moore Stand and 198 tickets in the Gordon Road Stand. Gillingham advise that the tickets in the Gordon Road Stand are for season ticket holders and members only.
We have also received 3 pairs of wheelchair and helpers tickets.
Tickets are priced as follows:
BRIAN MOORE STAND (uncovered seating) Adult £20 Senior Citizen £16 Under 18/student £6 Under 12 £6 Wheelchair and helper - price as per relevant age band
GORDON ROAD STAND Adult £22 Senior Citizen £19 Under 18/student £7 Under 12 £7 Wheelchair and helper - price as per relevant age band
Brian Moore Stand tickets will be available to purchase on matchdays with a price increase of £2.
Advanced ticket sales will cease at 4pm on Friday.
Any tickets purchased online and not collected from Sixfields will be taken to the game for collection on arrival.
If collecting on arrival tickets will be available from 1pm from the Gordon Road collection point.