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Throwback: Dempsey strike completes brilliant comeback against Gillingham

14 April 2022

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For our throwback feature this week, we are heading back to the 2016/17 season when Fleetwood Town pulled off a brilliant comeback as they beat Gillingham 3-2 at Priestfield Stadium on the day.

Goals from Ash Hunter, David Ball, and a Kyle Dempsey strike in injury time sealed all three points against The Gills. Town trailed twice from an own goal and a free-kick, but three goals in the second half were more than enough to earn the win.

Hunter, who opened Town’s account on the afternoon, netted his first goal in three months as he managed to latch on to Ball’s through ball before poking the ball home to cancel out the own goal from the first half.

Gillingham then took the lead once again as Rory Donnelly netted a free-kick midway through the second half, but it was the Cods who had the better end to the game. Pressure piled on the home defence, and it led to Town’s second of the afternoon, as Ball reacted quickest to Cian Bolger’s flick and volleyed in from six yards out with just ten minutes of the contest remaining.

As the game drew towards the final minutes, the end-to-end contest wasn’t over. Town counter attacked, and as Hunter broke into the box, he played a low ball towards Dempsey who struck first time to complete the ultimate comeback.

Town XI: Cairns (GK), McLaughlin, Bell, Eastham (Cole 70’), Pond (C) (Bolger 45’), Ball, Grant, Glendon (Burns 70’), Hunter, Dempsey, Davies.

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