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Preview: Gillingham v Fleetwood Town

17 April 2022

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Fleetwood Town face Gillingham on Easter Monday at Priestfield Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Gillingham v Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Monday 18 April 2022

Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: Priestfield Stadium, Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4DD

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

Town head into this league clash after narrowly losing out to Oxford United at Highbury in their last outing, after their second-half comeback wasn’t enough to salvage any points. The Cods conceded three goals in the opening 15 minutes, but Town fought back in the second half, making it a nervy end for the Yellows.

Ellis Harrison found himself stood over a penalty just before the break, which he slotted away before Cian Hayes was able to bring it back to 3-2 as he struck into an empty net. Harvey Macadam came close to levelling it up as his effort was cleared off the line, with Oxford holding on until the final whistle.

In the game before that, it was another narrow loss, this time to Accrington Stanley at home. Town found themselves ahead in this one at the half-time break, but Accy clawed their way back into the game through Sean McConville’s half-volley and Michael Nottingham’s last-minute winner.

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GILLINGHAM

The Gills are down in the mix of it with the Cods at the back end of the season and will be hoping to go one better than they did last time out, as they drew 2-2 with Cheltenham Town on Good Friday.

Neil Harris’ side got themselves ahead early on in this one through a Vadaine Oliver strike, with Ben Reeves adding onto that later, but goals from Callum Wright and Kion Etete meant the points would be shared at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Gillingham have picked up six points from their last five games, and one of those came at home as they drew against Wycombe earlier this month. Jack Tucker cancelled out Sam Vokes’ earlier goal and, even though Lewis Wing was sent off for the Chairboys five minutes from the end, Gillingham were unable to capitalise.

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LAST THREE MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES

Fixture: Fleetwood Town 2-1 Gillingham

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 11 December 2021

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fixture: Fleetwood Town 1-0 Gillingham

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fixture: Gillingham 0-2 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 24 October 2020

Venue: Priestfield Stadium

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Fleetwood Town

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Gillingham

H2H results

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PRE-MATCH QUOTES: STEPHEN CRAINEY

Head Coach Stephen Crainey spoke to the press after his side’s narrow loss to Oxford United at Highbury on Good Friday. Here is what he had to say in his interview:

“There is loads of belief that we can stay up, you could see that in the second-half performance, but we can’t give teams leads in games like we did today. We can’t look past Gillingham at all, so we will recover well, get rested up, and be ready for the fight on Monday.

“The reality is it is in our own hands to stay up. But we need to take it into our own hands and win games of football and that’s what we need to do at Gillingham. We need to start on the front foot on Monday, we know it will be a tough physical battle, but we need to have the right determination.

“They’ve got real physical attributes, so we need to stand up and be accountable like we were in the second half. We need to fight and we’re going to fight and be ready. We’re disappointed to lose the game, but we can’t be negative, we have to be positive to win games and that’s what we’re going to try and do at Gillingham.”

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Match Reports

Report: Clash against Gillingham ends in a goalless draw

18 April 2022

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Fleetwood Town battled throughout their clash against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on Easter Monday, with neither side able to come out on top as it ended goalless.

In a game that meant more than three points, it was a testing fixture as both sides were limited to few chances on goal. The Cods’ best chance to break the deadlock was Paddy Lane’s volley from 20 yards, which had to be saved by Gills goalkeeper, Aaron Chapman.

It was a cagey opening 10 minutes in the game as both sides were looking to feel each other out before committing themselves forwards for attacks.

Town created the only effort of note in this period, and it was from Ellis Harrison as he attempted to find the near bottom corner with a first-time volley from the edge of the box, but his effort went the wrong side of the post.

On the 15-minute mark, Fleetwood thought they had found a gap in the Gillingham backline as Harvey Macadam strode forwards from the right-back spot to whip in a brilliant cross which, unfortunately, was just out of reach for both Harrison and Josh Harrop in the centre.

The first half was a game of few chances, and the Cods couldn’t have come much closer than when Cian Hayes drove Robbie McKenzie back to his byline before firing a low cross towards Harrison three yards out, with the forward unable to reach it even at full stretch.

It took a while, but Gillingham’s first chance was a gilt-edged one as Charlie Kelman latched onto a Ryan Jackson cross from the right and headed the ball towards Alex Cairns’ goal from six yards, with Town’s number one more than a match for the effort.

Soon after, Cairns came out of his goal to close down Kelman, who tried to get past the goalkeeper and was unsuccessful. Another chance followed though as Vadaine Oliver rose highest inside the box to nod the ball on target, Cairns was able to stop it.

The Cods rounded out the half with two decent chances on goal, starting with Callum Camps trying his luck from range, but his effort was deflected wide for a corner. Then, Batty played a free-kick into a packed area, finding the head of Harrison, who nodded straight at Chapman.

Four minutes after the restart, Town created another chance as Camps dinked the ball over a trailing defender’s leg to set Lane up for a 20-yard volley, which he took on and forced the Gillingham goalkeeper into a save.

It took almost 10 minutes for the next chance to come, and it was for the hosts, as the ball was crossed into the box from the left, towards Oliver, who tried a flamboyant overhead kick which was collected by Cairns at his near post.

Half-chances followed for each side as Harrop, who was played in by Hayes in the middle, had his shot blocked from 20-yards before the home side went down the other end and saw the same happen to substitute Ben Reeves, this time from 25-yards.

The referee was front and centre with 15 minutes to go as he sent both Lane and Kelman off after both went into a 50/50 full-blooded, with the Fleetwood man coming off much worse. Both sets of medical staff, as well as a stretcher, was called on as it took seven minutes for them to complete the treatment.

The final effort of the game fell to Fleetwood as Camps was brought to the ground, only for Hayes to pick up the ball 20 yards out, but his effort was straight at Chapman, meaning the score would stay 0-0 come the final whistle.

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Jules, Harrop (Pilkington 74’), Harrison, Camps (C), Batty (Boyle 90+4'), C.Johnson, Lane, Nsiala, Hayes (J.Garner 90+11'), Macadam.

Unused subs: O'Hara (GK), Butterworth, Baggley, Bird.

Gills XI: Chapman (GK), Jackson, O’Keefe (C) (Reeves 46’), Ehmer, Tucker, Thompson, Lee, McKenzie (Tutonda 70’), Masterson (Phillips 90+3'), Oliver, Kelman.

Unused subs: Dahlberg (GK), Dickson-Peters, Maghoma, Chambers.

Attendance: 8,436 (90 away)

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Ticket News

Make sure to get your tickets for Gillingham away today!

16 April 2022

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Tickets are still on sale for Fleetwood Town's Sky Bet League One clash against Gillingham on Easter Monday (3pm kick-off) - make sure to get yours today!

Stephen Crainey and the Cods are set to travel down south to Kent for another league clash against The Gills. Town will be looking for three points against the side sitting around them in the table so they will need your support on the day!

*Please note, there will be no pay on the day at Priestfield Stadium so if you want to go to the game on Easter Monday, you will have to buy your tickets between 10am and 12pm today.*

The Cod Army will be located in the Gordon Road Stand, with prices as follows:

Tickets

Adults: £24

Seniors: £19

Under-18s & Students: £7

Under-12s: £7

Coach Travel

Coaches will be departing Highbury Stadium at 6:30am, costing only £5 for all Onward Card Holders and £25 for Non-Onward Card Holders. To purchase either coach travel, visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium or call 01253 775080.

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