Late Gillingham goal secures draw with Tranmere

Tranmere visited Gillingham on Saturday afternoon in their latest game of the League 2 season.

Ahead of the game, Nigel Adkins said, “It’s going to be a challenge like every game is, but we know that we can win away from home. We know we’ve got a spirit about ourselves, we’ve got goals in the team. 

“Sun Tzu, The Art of War, we’re aware of the strengths of the opposition, we know they can play, play direct, they’re a massive threat from set pieces.

“From my point of view, we know it’s going to be a challenging game but it’s one that we’re really looking forward to.”

Match Report: Gillingham v Tranmere Rovers

Gillingham 1v1 Tranmere Rovers
Masterson (84′)GoalsHendry (4′)
Mahoney (84′)Assists
HT 0-1

Tranmere Rovers secured a point on the road against Gillingham with a 1-1 draw in Kent.

Regan Hendry opened the scoring with a splendid early strike, skillfully controlling the ball in the box and volleying it in off the post at four minutes.

Nevertheless, in the second half, the hosts intensified their pressure and equalized with six minutes remaining, as Conor Masterson headed in from a corner.

Tranmere now sit above Swindon Town in 17th place, while Gillingham reclaims a spot in the Play-Off positions.

The first half was filled with action, featuring promising chances for both teams. Ashley Nadesan missed a header for the hosts, while Connor Jennings aimed a close-range effort at Gills’ keeper Glenn Morris.

Nevertheless, Rovers swiftly took the lead in a remarkable manner. Lee O’Connor’s cross from the right was cleared to Hendry, who skillfully controlled the ball with his chest and volleyed it against the inside of the post, eventually settling inside the side netting.

The early setback seemed to unsettle Gillingham, and Tranmere sought to extend their lead promptly. Jennings directed a low corner towards the goal but failed to hit the target.

Hendry, the scorer, delivered a delightful ball for the advancing Harvey Saunders, who attempted to chip it past Morris. However, the home goalkeeper crucially intervened with his foot to thwart the attempt.

Rob Apter lifted his shot over the goal following some skilful build-up play. Gillingham then found their footing, with Tim Dieng creating space in the box but heading wide of the far post while Luke McGee remained rooted.

Tranmere’s goalkeeper made a crucial save to deny Oli Hawkins’ close-range header with ten minutes left in the half, as the visitors endured a period of sustained pressure.

However, it was Tranmere who finished the first half on a positive note, with Apter cutting inside and curling a shot wide just seconds before the whistle.

Gillingham dominated the majority of the second half, although Tranmere had an early opportunity as Luke Norris hit the side netting.

Connor Mahoney joined the action in the second half, spearheading Gillingham’s comeback. His shot was denied by McGee, followed by Hawkins heading over the goal.

Apter found himself with space in the box but skewed his effort wide. Mahoney and Masterson had shots blocked at the opposite end.

At the 60-minute mark, Jordan Turnbull made a crucial clearance on the goal line as Gillingham dominated, and Tranmere fought desperately to preserve their one-goal lead.

However, with six minutes left in regular time, the hosts finally equalized as Masterson headed the ball beyond McGee from a corner.

Tranmere came close to securing a win in added time when Hendry’s long-range shot hit the post, but they had to settle for a point at Priestfield.

Tranmere host Mansfield Town on Tuesday, 12 March, for their next game of the 2023/24 League Two season.

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Post Match Interview

Line-ups

Gillingham – Formation 5-3-2
1 Glenn Morris GK
24 Remeao Hutton DF
3 Max Clark DF
5 Max Ehmer (C) DF
22 Shadrach Ogie DF
4 Conor Masterson DF
38 Timothee Dieng MF
18 Ethan Coleman MF
8 Jonathan Williams MF
12 Oliver Hawkins FW
10 Ashley Nadesan FW

Substitutes
25 Jake Turner SUB
13 Scott Malone SUB
14 Robbie McKenzie SUB
7 George Lapslie SUB
23 Connor Mahoney SUB
6 Shaun Williams SUB
47 Josh Walker SUB

Manager
Stephen Clemence

Match Officials
Referee:
James Linington
Assistants: Andrew Fox and Carl Fitch-Jackson
Fourth official: Paul Johnson

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
1 Luke McGee GK
2 Lee O’Connor DF
27 Connor Wood DF
21 Josef Yarney DF
6 Jordan Turnbull DF
16 Chris Merrie MF
25 Robert Apter MF
8 Regan Hendry MF
19 Harvey Saunders MF
9 Luke Norris FW
18 Connor Jennings (C) FW

Substitutes
13 Joe Murphy SUB
30 Jean Belehouan SUB
24 Dan Pike SUB
22 Paul Lewis SUB
23 Reece McAlear SUB
14 Kristian Dennis SUB
20 Samuel Taylor SUB

Manager
Nigel Adkins

Attendance: 6077

League 2 season attendance

2023/24 Total home attendance115494
2023/24 Total away attendance103208
2023/24 Total H&A attendance218702
2023/24 Average home attendance6416
2023/24 Average away attendance5432
2023/24 Average H&A attendance5924

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