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Since we last met: Gillingham

6 April 2023

Club News

Since we last met: Gillingham

6 April 2023

Rovers travel to down to Kent this Good Friday looking to return to winning ways for the first time since beating AFC Wimbledon on March 11.

Danny Schofield’s side will be looking to complete a league double over the Gills after the return fixture saw the head coach take his first win in charge.

The last meeting:

You will have to go back to the end of October 2022 to find when the two sides last faced off and it resulted in a 1-0 win for Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Schofield took to the home dugout for the first time on a Saturday after previously taking a point at Crewe Alexandra and falling to a narrow loss against promotion chasing Stevenage.

Harrison Biggins netted his second goal of the campaign on the hour mark to see Rovers take a first three points under their new boss and claim a first home win over the Gills since 2020.

Gillingham’s recent form:

Neil Harris’ men head into the game having won three of their last six games, losing two and drawing one.

After a goalless draw against Stockport County at Edgeley Park, Gillingham returned to home comforts with a 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers as Shaun Williams and Conor Masterson got on the scoresheet.

They then hit the road in unsuccessful style as they lost 2-0 at Walsall but, again, they returned to the Priestfield Stadium to receive another maximum with a 2-1 win against Crewe Alexandra thanks to goals from Tom Nichols and Aiden O’Brien.

Williams then provided the Gills with a 94th minute winner, to beat Carlisle before losing away at Barrow last time out, despite Masterson looking to have salvaged a late point.

Key men:

Queens Park Rangers loanee Conor Masterson is currently enjoying his second spell with the Gills and has recently scored some important goals in the club’s survival fight.

The Irish defender graduated from Liverpool’s academy and signed for QPR in 2019 without a senior appearance for the Reds to his name.

Since then he scored his first goal in professional football against Millwall in an eventual 4-3 win before, most recently, re-joining the

Kent-based team for another loan spell and has scored two goals in his last five games.

Tom Nichols has certainly made an impact to the Gills season having joined the club in the January transfer window from then-relegation rivals Crawley Town.

The striker already tops the club’s goalscoring charts with four goals to his name and has helped steer them away from the foot of Sky Bet League Two table with a further four assists.

Prior to his January move, Nichols plied his trade with the Red Devils of West Sussex and scored 23 times in 101 games.

Another player to make a mark on the Gills season is Alex MacDonald who currently has nine goal contributions to his name with eight of those being assists.

The 32-year-old came through the youth system at Burnley before going on to earn a wealth of experience in the EFL with Burton Albion, Oxford United and Mansfield Town.

The former Scotland U21 international then moved to Kent in 2020 and had a brief spell as assistant caretaker manager in January 2022 before returning to play under Neil Harris.

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