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Dartford 0 Gillingham 4 match report

By Luke Cawdell
Dartford defender Mat Mitchel-King and Gills striker Antonio German challenge Pic: John Westhrop

Gillingham eased to victory at Princes Park against Conference Premier Dartford.

Goals from Amine Linganzi and Luke Norris put the Gills in charge after the first 45 minutes.

Antonio German made it 3-0 in the second half, scoring his second goal in as many games, before Brennan Dickenson added a fourth in the final minute.

Gills boss Peter Taylor once again opted to name a different team in each half.

There were several trialists in the Dartford line-up, including former Gills development player Tom Derry.

Derry lined up alongside Andy Pugh – who played at Priestfield up until the summer of 2010.

But neither of Dartford’s had much joy in the opening half as Peter Taylor’s men dominated.

The game was just two minutes old when Linganzi headed Gillingham infront.

Linganzi guided the ball home from close-range after Danny Kedwell laid the chance on a plate after Doug Loft’s ball forward opened up the home defence.

Norris doubled the lead with 14 minutes gone, after gambling on a goalkeeper clearance. Deren Ibrahim’s kick took a ricochet off Norris before nestling in the net.

Gillingham's Gary Borrowdale wins the ball from Dartford's Tom Derry Pic: John Westhrop

Dartford posed the visitors very few problems, with trialist wingers Jordan Adekunle and Luke Daley struggling to get in behind for Tony Burman’s side.

Jermaine McGlashan was a constant threat down the right for the Gills and was cleaned out midway through the half, when his turn of pace out-foxed the home defence. Referee Fred Graham awarded a goal-kick, when many felt he should have pointed to the spot.

Norris put another chance wide for the Gills, before the break, when Ibrahim spilled a catch.

Among the second half substitutes for Gillingham was Cody McDonald, who had enjoyed a prolific but brief spell at Dartford before being snapped up by Norwich.

Brennan Dickenson, playing on the left for Gills, twice showed his burst of pace early on, while also screwing a vicious shot just wide.

With an hour gone German netted Gills’ third. He burst through and showed great composure with the finish.

Gillingham came close a couple of times from set-pieces. Bradley Dack fired a free-kick into the keeper’s hands and Joe Martin curled another free-kick over the bar.

The Gills completed a good night’s work with a fourth goal when Dickenson ran onto Jake Hessenthaler’s ball forward and smashed the ball into the top corner.

Dartford: Ibrahim, Burns, Green, Collier (Vint 85mins), Mitchel-King, Cornhill, Adekunle (Harris 46mins), Noble (Hayes 46mins), Derry (T Bradbrook 46mins), Pugh (Dembele 82mins), Daley. Subs: Anidugbe, Adams, Scantlebury, Woodyard.

Gillingham (first half): Nelson, Hare, Borrowdale, Linganzi, Egan, Legge, McGlashan, Loft, Kedwell, Norris, Stanford.

Gillingham (second half): G Morris, Fish, Martin, McKain, Barrett, Davies, Dack, Hessenthaler, German (Millbank 82mins), McDonald, Dickenson.

Attendance: 924.

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