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Gillingham Preview - A look ahead to Saturday's crucial tie

2 March 2023

Match Previews

Gillingham Preview - A look ahead to Saturday's crucial tie

2 March 2023

Town are again on home turf this coming weekend as they look to build on another solid point earned on Tuesday evening in the 1-1 draw against a promotion contender, Northampton.

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The draw meant that out of a possible nine points against three of the top four teams in the division, Town have gathered five points. Those points coming from a 1-0 win away at Carlisle and draws at home against Stevenage and Northampton. They take on a Gillingham side who have risen from the relegation places by winning three of their last four fixtures.

Our opponents

The Gills come into the game in 20th place, seven points clear of the relegation positions after a recent lift in form. Since the opening of the January transfer window, the Gills have won six of their ten fixtures.

Gillingham will be looking to bounce straight back from a 2-0 loss at home against travelling Bradford City this past midweek. They have taken 12 points from their 16 away fixtures, recording two wins all season on the road.

Previous meetings

Town picked up all three points on the fourth gameday of the season when Matty Daly kicked things off midway through the first half, before Alex Pattison added a further goal in the closing stages of the game to make it a 2-0 win.

The man in charge

Neil Harris is in charge for the Gills having been appointed at the end of January following the departure of former manager Steve Evans. Since taking over, Neil has lead the Gills to 4 wins of 6.

Harris has previously been manager at both Millwall and Cardiff City, having previously played for the Lions as well as a loan spell at Cardiff City, and other clubs Nottingham Forrest and South End United.

Ones to watch

Glenn Morris is an experienced asset to the team with over 550 career appearances. Having spent the first half of the season on loan at Gillingham, Morris signed permanently for the Gills in January.

Timothee Dieng was the first January addition to the squad, the midfielder joining the Gills from Exeter City. He scored 17 times in 68 appearances since signing for the Grecians in the summer of 2021. 

Tom Nichols Signed for the Gills in January from Crawley Town and in just nine games has scored three goals and assisted three more, making a big contribution to the team's recent success.

Gillingham football club was formed as New Brompton FC in May 1893, but changed to their current name for the 1912/13 season.

After more than a century, in the 1999/2000 season, Gillingham became a club among the elite in the top two divisions of the football league.

The Gills suffered relegation on the final day of the 2021/22 season and therefore returned to League Two after nearly a decade in League One.

Team news

Town continue to have long-term absentees in Stephen Dooley, Kayne Ramsay and Pete Jameson. After missing the midweek game against Northampton, Simon Weaver is hopeful for the recovery of Alex Pattison for the weekend.

By Ollie Saltmarsh

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