Gillingham 0-1 Fleetwood TownFleetwood Town continued their good recent form this afternoon with a narrow win over Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.
Gareth Evans scored the game’s only goal in the 18th minute on what was his 100th appearance for the Club, with a low finish from inside the box.
Graham Alexander made two changes to the side that drew at home to Preston North End last weekend, with Evans and David Ball named in the starting 11.
In a change of formation, Evans replaced Stephen Jordan, while Ball, fresh after his wonder goal last Sunday, came in for Nick Haughton.
Steven Schumacher’s early free kick from the left was cleared by the Gills defence, while Jamie Proctor’s attempt on the half volley was blocked.
Town’s best chance of the opening moments came just before the quarter hour mark, when Josh Morris picked out Evans at the back post but he fired over.
Evans wasn’t to be denied soon after though, as he crashed a low effort beyond Glenn Morris after some wonderful build-up play from Ball.
The Cod Army continued to play some good stuff on a tricky surface, and Ball later crashed an effort wide of Morris’ post from a good position.
Gillingham struggled to break down a resilient visiting defence, with captain Mark Roberts marshalling his troops impressively.
Evans then broke down the right and fed the ball into the path of an on-rushing Morris, who was thwarted by some fine last ditch defending.
The front pairing of Ball and Proctor were causing havoc in and amongst the home defence, and the duo very nearly combined in the box to extend the advantage before the break.
Jermaine McGlashan however went close to levelling for the home side, but could only send a strike from the edge of the box straight at Chris Maxwell.
Justin Edinburgh’s men improved after the interval, and Doug Loft and Luke Norris both went close with good opportunities.
McGlashan was the next to have a go for the Gills, as Bradley Dack played him in down the right but crashed an effort over the bar.
Ball later drew a fine stop out of Morris, as he struck an effort with the outside of his right foot, which was palmed away by the shot stopper.
The striker then latched onto a fine through ball minutes later before seeing his strike deflect into the side netting.
Chances continued to be created by both sides; substitute Cody McDonald sent a long strike wide, while Proctor glanced a header over
Alexander introduced Stewart Murdoch and Ash Hunter for Tyler Forbes and Ball respectively with 20 minutes remaining, as Town went in search of a crucial second goal.
Gillingham upped the ante and asked questions of the Cod Army backline late on, however Town stood firm and defended exceptionally.