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Jackson and Oli on target in Gills win

Dennis Oli fires in Gillingham's second goal. Picture: Matthew Reading.
Dennis Oli fires in Gillingham's second goal. Picture: Matthew Reading.

Accrington 0 Gillingham 2

Gillingham extended their unbeaten run to five games with victory at Accrington on Saturday.

Simeon Jackson put the Gills ahead early on in the game and mid-way through the second half Dennis Oli netted the second.

Gillingham were holding a slender lead at the break as Jackson netted his 15th goal of the season.

He prodded home Simon King�s scuffed shot after John Nutter had whipped in a 17th minute corner-kick.

The Gills failed to extend that lead and Accrington had several chances to level in the opening half.

Simon Royce had to make a good save to deny Andrew Procter and striker Craig Lindfield missed a great chance with the goal at his mercy.

Royce was on hand to tip over Paul Mullin�s effort, a minute into first half stoppage time to preserve the Gills half-time lead.

Jackson had chances in that half to extend Gillingham�s lead but he sent a couple of good chances over the bar.

Goal scoring chances were in short supply at the start of the second half, with only Accrington�s James Ryan getting a sniff, but he shot wide.

Gillingham�s first shot of the half doubled their lead when Adam Miller picked up a loose ball, he fed Nicky Southall and the cross was steered home by Oli with 67 minutes gone.

Peter Cavanagh nearly scored with an audacious effort from the half-way line, which dipped just over the bar, while James Ryan cleared the stand with his shot.

Royce needed to make a good save to keep the clean sheet intact when Southall nearly turned a cross into his own net. Royce parried and Mark Bentley had to acrobatically clear the ball.

Gillingham manager Mark Stimson said: �At this level if you don�t battle you don�t get anything and you have to make sure you are up for that fight first, especially at places like Accrington.

�We did that. We dug in, showed a little bit of quality a couple of times, but not a lot because it wasn�t needed. If we do have to show that then I�m sure we�re capable of doing that.

�It�s another win for the team and it will only give the players confidence which we can take into the two home games, because they are going to be big, and what we don�t want to do is not collect any points now after doing well on our travels.�

Read more from Mark Stimson in Monday�s Medway Messenger newspaper as well as the thoughts of top scorer Simeon Jackson.

Gills: Royce, Fuller, Nutter, King, Bentley, Southall, Miller (Lewis 90mins), Oli, Weston, Jackson (Mulligan 71mins), McCammon (Steer 84mins). Subs not used: Richards, Julian.

Accrington: Arthur, Cavanagh, Procter, Miles, Lindfield (Higginbotham 68mins), Mullin (Turner 63mins), Edwards, Ryan, Williams, Mullin, Charnock. Subs not used: Murdock, Bell.

Attendance: 1,308

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