Professional Gills Win at Melksham
The Gills beat Melksham Town 1-0 with a solid performance.
Melksham were sat in third place in the League and still hoping for a ‘wildcard’ promotion to the Southern League, so this game was never going to be anything but a tough battle for the Gills.
Right from the off both teams seemed to neutralise each other out of the game and, as a result, chances were non existent in the opening stages. As the game settled down the Gills were looking slightly the better team, but they were lacking composure in front of goal. As a result the first half was a bland affair which didn’t produce any good chances at all.
We had to wait till the hour mark for the first good chance and this fell to the Gills when Harry Baker raced clear of the defence but his attempt to chip Melksham keeper Rob Brown went just wide of the goal.
The game started to open up a bit now and the Gills started to turn their dominance into chances. With 73 minutes on the clock Elliot Bevis had a chance to score for Gillingham but he couldn’t quite get the bouncing ball under control inside a crowded area and his effort went just the wrong side of the post.
In the very next minute Elliot Bevis put a great ball across the face of goal but it was just out of the reach of a couple of Gillingham players who had raced into the area to get on the end of it.
With 9 minutes to play Harry Baker had another good chance when he again raced clear of the defence but this time he dragged his effort across the face, and wide of, the goal. 5 minutes later Harry was denied a goal again when his shot this time beat Brown but bounced back off the post.
It seemed like it just wasn’t going to be the Gills’ day, but with just 3 minutes left to play they got the goal they deserved when Jamie Filkins let fly with a screamer of a shot from well outside the area that flew past Brown into the back of the net.
Melksham tried really hard to get back on level terms but, despite a few scary moments, it was too little too late and the Gills came away with all three points.
This was a professional performance from the Gills who really gave Melksham no chances to get into the game and a special mention must be made of the defence for putting in a really solid performance.
This result sets up nicely the Les Phillips Cup game against Melksham at Hardings Lane on Bank Holiday Monday (May 1st)
Man of the Match was Jamie Filkins
Next up for the Gills is their final Western League game at Hardings Lane against Hallen on Saturday (22nd) with a 3:00 pm kick off.