Sunday, 6 May 2018

Gillingham 5 Plymouth Argyle 2

Match 132/17/1582 - Saturday, 5th May 2018 - League One

Gillingham (3) 5 Parker 7 Eaves 31,37,51 List 90
Plymouth Argyle (1) 2 Grant 24 Carey 78
Attendance: 6,269

Admission: Season Ticket
Programme: £3
Mileage: 58/8,547

This was a good way to end my time as a Gillingham season ticket holder. Shame there wasn’t more performances like that which would have made my decision more difficult. Unfortunately Gillingham is no longer the club that I turned to in 1976 and has lost its soul but I think that probably goes for most League clubs these days. It would be easy to blame Scally and, believe me, he is a large part of my reason with his lack of investment but the truth is that I love the involvement you can get from non-League football with the contact with players and management that we had with Gillingham in the old social club back in 1976. This is not the end, but I’ll pick and choose my games rather than feeling obligated by a season ticket. I have made and still have some great friends at Gillingham and wish them and the club nothing but the best of fortunes. But sadly I can’t imagine that happening with Scally in charge.

Plymouth supporters who harboured faint hopes of a play-off place saw their taunts at Tom Eaves, labelling him "a shit Andy Carroll," rammed back down their throats as the striker scored a hat-trick.

A fine move down the left hand side saw Lee Martin send Josh Parker clear, who finished with a smart strike past Remi Matthews.

A Plymouth free kick into the box was only half-cleared with the ball falling to Joel Grant whose shot was declared to have crossed the line by the linesman.

Eaves, whose early missed chance prompted the taunts, converted as he profited from his marker's slip when he got onto the end of Max Ehmer's long punt forward after 31 mminutes. Six minutes later, a trade mark header at the far post put Gillingham into a 3-1 half-time lead.

A corner headed on by Ehmer found Eaves to dive in and head home to make it 4-1 after 56 minutes.

Plymouth pulled one back after 77 minutes when Graham Carey headed in but Elliot List came off the bench to finish the game and the season with a good finish and a fifth goal.

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