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Andy Barcham takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
Sean Jeffers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Bentley. Free kick taken by John Nutter. The referee cautions Sean Jeffers for unsporting behaviour.
Mark Bentley fouled by Sean Jeffers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
John Melligan on for Frankie Artus.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Rooney from the right by-line.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Spiller from the left by-line.
Andy Barcham takes a shot. Joshua Low gets a block in.
Shot from deep inside the area by Tony Sinclair goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Spiller, clearance by Joshua Low.
Mark Bentley fouled by Sean Jeffers, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
Shot by Luke Rooney missed to the left of the target. Sean Jeffers on for Jeff Goulding.
Danny Spiller takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Michael Pook.
Booking for Frankie Artus for dissent.
Danny Spiller takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Steve Elliott manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Spiller, Steve Elliott makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jeff Goulding. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.
Unfair challenge on Joshua Low by Curtis Weston results in a free kick. Keith Lowe takes the free kick.
Adebayo Akinfenwa grabs a headed goal from close in. Gillingham 1-1 Cheltenham.Tony Sinclair provided the assist for the goal.
The official flags Andy Barcham offside. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Jeff Goulding challenges Josh Gowling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.
The offside flag is raised against Adebayo Akinfenwa. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Jeff Goulding is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.
Wesley Thomas goes off and David Bird comes on.
Corner from left by-line taken by Danny Spiller.
Martin Riley challenges Adebayo Akinfenwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stefan Payne. Free kick taken by Danny Spiller.
The referee blows for offside against Stefan Payne. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
Stefan Payne challenges Martin Riley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jeff Goulding misses to the right of the target.
Danny Spiller takes the inswinging corner, Scott P Brown makes a save.
Stefan Payne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Elliott takes the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Danny Spiller from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Tony Sinclair misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Spiller to the near post, clearance made by Michael Pook.
Adebayo Akinfenwa is brought on as a substitute for Chris Palmer.
Wesley Thomas finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 0-1 Cheltenham.Assist by Keith Lowe.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Spiller on Joshua Low. Keith Lowe takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the area by Curtis Weston goes wide right of the goal.
Andy Barcham fouled by Danny Andrew, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Spiller crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Wesley Thomas produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Wesley Thomas has a drilled shot. Alan Julian makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Palmer, clearance by Steve Elliott.
Jack Payne takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Weston by Frankie Artus. John Nutter takes the indirect free kick.
Jeff Goulding produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Corner taken by Chris Palmer from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Pook.
Unfair challenge on Stefan Payne by Steve Elliott results in a free kick. Danny Spiller takes the direct free kick.
Wesley Thomas is ruled offside. Alan Julian takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Palmer from the right by-line.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Spiller. Scott P Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Danny Andrew from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Andy Barcham.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Smikle by Stefan Payne. Steve Elliott takes the direct free kick.
Wesley Thomas is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
The offside flag is raised against Stefan Payne. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
Shot by Curtis Weston from outside the box goes over the target.
Danny Andrew takes the inswinging corner, Mark Bentley manages to make a clearance.
Danny Andrew challenges Andy Barcham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Palmer.
Josh Gowling fouled by Jeff Goulding, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Julian restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Andrew takes a shot.
Mark Bentley challenges Jeff Goulding unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frankie Artus.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Fuller absent for GillsGillingham will be without captain Barry Fuller for their opening match at home to Cheltenham.The defender is recovering from a knee injury sustained in the pre-season win over Ebbsfleet and is expected to be out for another two weeks.The Gills will also be without on-loan Norwich striker Cody McDonald and defender Garry Richards (both ankle) as well as winger Dennis Oli and young forward Andrew White who are suffering with hamstring problems.Midfield trio Danny Spiller, Jack Payne and Curtis Weston are rated as doubtful but it is hoped that all three will be fit enough to be included in the squad.In attack, strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Mark McCammon are struggling for match fitness and might have to settle for a place on the bench with 18-year-old frontman Stefan Payne pushing for a starting berth.Creative midfielder Stanley Aborah will have to wait and see whether he is available for selection against the Robins, having agreed to join the club on an initial one-month loan deal, as he is yet to be granted international clearance.Theo Lewis is Cheltenham`s only absentee for their tough trip.The young forward, who has looked sharp during pre-season training, has been struck down with glandular fever and is not expected to return until at least September.Otherwise, manager Mark Yates has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.His ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of Shaun Jeffers, who signed from Coventry on a one-month loan on Friday and will go straight into the squad.He joins 10 other summer signings at Whaddon Road in hoping to force their way into Yates` starting XI at the Priestfield.Midfielder Michael Pook has been named captain in the absence of Shane Duff following his departure to Bradford.
Bayo bags equaliser
Adebayo Akinfenwa rescued a share of the spoils for Andy Hessenthaler on the manager's homecoming to Gillingham as they drew 1-1 with Cheltenham.
Robins debutant Wesley Thomas had put the visitors ahead eight minutes after the restart, but Akinfenwa ensured he too went home with a debut goal 14 minutes from time.
The hosts almost went ahead after 15 minutes when Andy Barcham found Curtis Weston on the edge of the area, but he curled his effort inches over.
The visitors should have taken the lead two minutes into the second half when Frankie Artus threaded a delightful ball through to Thomas, but he fired wide of the left-hand post.
However, Thomas was not to be denied, and in the 53rd minute he gathered a long punt upfield from Keith Lowe before firing the ball into the left-hand corner.
Akinfenwa came on and changed the game for the Gills. In the 76th minute he latched on to a Jack Payne throw before watching as his header was tipped into the net by Scott Brown.
Akinfenwa almost teed-up a winner for Tony Sinclair five minutes from time, but the full-back skewed his effort over.
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