Saturday, 21 October 2017

Gillingham 1 Northampton Town 2

Match 46/17/1496 - Saturday, 21st October 2017 - League One

Gillingham (0) 1 Martin 62
Northampton Town (1) 2 Powell 45 Grimes 73
Attendance: 4,640

Entrance: Season Ticket
Programme: £3
Mileage: 58/3,170

Two very decent results gave rise to optimism that Gillingham's search for their next manager might end with an internal appointment, that of Steve Lovell. Sadly, Storm Brian blew in, two poor sides failed to cope with the prevailing conditions and with the visitors, Northampton Town, touching wood for good fortune, the probability now is that the new man will be an outside appointment.

Is it of any consequence as to who is appointed? The new manager will have the same players to work with until the January transfer window, by which time it might well be too late. And, if at that time, Gillingham are cut adrift, can anybody see Mr Scally sanctioning any sort of outlay in a futile attempt to save their League One status, I think not.

There was a marginal improvement on the game against Portsmouth, and I'm told that the midweek draw against high-flying Wigan Athletic was good, but the cutting edge in front of goal is severely lacking.

Gillingham were the better side in the first half in terms of possession but a 17th minute effort from Lee Martin that was turned aside by Cobblers’ goalkeeper Matt Ingram was all they could muster on target.

The price was paid on 44 minutes when a shot from 30 yards by Danny Powell found its way between Tomas Holy and his right hand post, cannoning in off the inside of the woodwork.

The early chances of the second half fell to the visitors with Holy equal to an effort from Aaron Pierre but, just past the hour, the hosts equalised following a good move that left Martin to slip the ball past the advancing Ingram and into the bottom corner.

A free kick conceded by ex-Northampton Gabriel Zakuani on 72 minutes gave Matt Grimes the opportunity to curl his shot around the wall to, once more, ricochet off the inside of a post and past a statuesque Holy.

Lovell responded with the rather strange substitution of his leading goalscorer Tom Eaves with that of a full back, Bradley Garmston.

The home side pushed hard for another equaliser but Ingram was never tested in the final 20 minutes.

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