Published: 16:45, 31 August 2019
| Updated: 10:17, 01 September 2019
Gillingham clinched their first win of the season on Saturday after putting five past Bolton.
Goals from Connor Ogilvie and new signing Olly Lee put the Gills two goals up at the break.
Brandon Hanlan got Gills’ third, Lee capped a great game with his second and an own-goal sealed it.
Bolton were saved from the threat of liquidation when a midweek takeover was finally completed. Their team still contained a handful of teenagers but a sprinkling of experienced talent meant this fixture would be no walkover.
Gillingham handled the game well, however, dominating from start to finish.
Manager Steve Evans named both new signings Lee and Tom O’Connor from the start, while Matty Willock also made his debut after recovering from injury, playing the opening half before being withdrawn.
Bolton had conceded five goals in each of their last three games and they were on the backfoot straight away against the Gills.
Jack Hobbs - Bolton’s only new signing since their takeover - almost turned Barry Fuller’s cross into his own net while Ogilvie headed a corner wide and Alex Jakubiak stung the hands of the keeper.
Despite Gills’ dominance they were almost undone when newcomer Tom O’Connor - a midweek loan signing from Southampton - hit a clearance at young Bolton striker Eddie Brown. The frontman took it past keeper Jack Bonham but O’Connor got back in time to put Brown off as the deadlock remained.
The opening goal came in the 27th minute as Ogilvie was in the right place at the right time after Lee’s free-kick was cleared into his path.
With five minutes of the half remaining Gillingham got a second. Fuller’s deep cross was headed back in by Mark Byrne and Lee slotted home past the keeper, who looked to have been unsighted by his own defender.
Hanlan smashed a good early chance into the Rainham End and failed to get on the end of a Byrne cross but moments later he did have a goal.
Left-back O’Connor sent Jakubiak away down the left and from his cross, Hanlan slid home to make it 3-0 with 54 minutes played.
Half-time sub Mark Marshall had a great chance blocked by the visiting keeper, and he put the follow-up over the bar, but a fourth goal wasn’t far away. Fuller supplied a great cross for Lee to volley home on 57 minutes.
Byrne and Regan Charles-Cook both went close for the Gills before Jakubiak whipped in a ball that rebounded off the bar.
The Gills got their fifth goal on 76 minutes and it was an own-goal, with the ball cannoning off defender Jordan Boon after Max Ehmer had hooked a Mark Marshall cross into the danger-zone.
Matthews saved well from Hanlan moments later and also denied sub Mikael Mandron.
Bolton came close to a late consolation with Hobbs heading against the bar.
Gillingham: Bonham, Fuller, O’Connor, Ehmer, Ogilvie, Lee (Charles-Cook 63mins), Willock (Marshall 46mins), Jones, Byrne, Hanlan (Mandron 79mins), Jakubiak. Subs: Walsh, Hodson, O’Keefe, Ndjoli.
Bolton: Matthews, Lowe, Hobbs (Graham 90mins), Murphy, Weir, Brockbank, Politic (Senior 86mins), Darcy (King-Harmes 58mins), Zouma, Boon, Brown.Subs: Alexander, White, Brown-Sterling, Richards.
Attendance: 5,065 (740 away)
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