Published: 16:45, 03 October 2020
| Updated: 10:55, 04 October 2020
Jordan Graham struck in stoppage-time for Gillingham as they picked up a point at Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury had scored a controversial goal from an early corner, a set-piece the visitors felt should never have been awarded, after Connor Ogilvie was fouled in the build-up.
Vadaine Oliver accidentally got in the way of a Dominic Samuel shot that was goalbound but the Gills weren’t to be denied a point.
There was just one change for the Gills, with new signing Tom O’Connor replacing Scott Robertson, as they went looking for a third straight league win.
Gillingham started brightly and striker Vadaine Oliver should have tested the home keeper when put in on goal. With defenders closing in, he missed the target.
Shrewsbury took a 12th minute lead and although it was a soft goal to concede, with Brad Walker rising unopposed to convert Shaun Whalley’s corner.
It had been a late challenge from Whalley on Ogilvie that led to Gillingham calling for a free-kick. The referee waved play-on and Ogilvie got to his feet to block Whalley cross, leading to a corner which Shrewsbury scored from.
Zech Medley missed a great Jordan Graham cross by a fraction shortly after. Minimal contact would have surely put the Gills level but Shrewsbury went close again themselves, Jack Tucker putting Leon Clarke off as he looked to convert Whalley’s inswinger.
Gills keeper Jack Bonham got down well to save from Josh Vela and the same player had the visitors appealing for another free-kick that they never got after Jordan Graham was chopped down.
Whalley, who had been busy down the right flank, was replaced late on with an injury and during the break in play Gills boss Steve Evans was booked for his protests over some of the decisions.
There was a change for the Gills in the second half as Declan Drysdale replaced Jacob Mellis, coming into a defensive midfield role as O’Connor went into a more attacking role.
Josh Eccles had to hack a chance off the line from Aaron Pierre early in the second half and the Gills also cleared a goalbound effort off the Shrewsbury line too. Dominic Samuel’s 55th minute effort was destined for the top corner but Oliver, who was getting up from a previous chance, inadvertently got in the way and the ball was deflected wide.
Gillingham kept pressing and went wide from Josh Eccles. There were calls for more than a yellow card after Drysdale took out Pierre with a crunching challenge, but the Gills man got away with a caution and it remained 11-a-side.
With three of the seven minutes of stoppage-time played Ogilvie put a long throw into the box, Zech Medley got a touch but when the ball came out to Graham, he fired home to score the equalising goal.
Shrewsbury: Burgoyne, Pierre, Golbourne, Whalley (Daniels 40mins), Norburn, Vela, Clarke, Walker, Fossey, Barnett (High 81mins), Ebanks-Landell. Subs not used: Gregory, Love, Tracey, Caton, Cummings.
Gillingham: Bonham, Jackson, Ogilvie, Tucker, Medley, O’Connor (Coyle 77mins), Eccles, Mellis (Drysdale 46mins), Graham, Samuel (Akinde 85mins), Oliver. Subs not used: Walsh, McKenzie, MacDonald, Maghoma.
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