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Stanley 0-1 Gillingham

Stanley concede second half goal in defeat to Gillingham

26 October 2019

A second half goal from Regan Charles-Cook secured Gillingham a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

John Coleman’s side did have the chances to take the lead before Charles-Cook’s opener, but the visiting goalkeeper Jack Bonham did superbly to deny striker Colby Bishop on multiple occasions.

The first real chance of the game fell to Bishop as Sam Finley crossed superbly into the box and striker’s shot unfortunately hit the post, with Offrande Zanzala then hitting an effort wide of the goal.

After having a goal disallowed on Wednesday night for handball, Zanzala again had the ball in the back of the net on the half hour mark but this time it was ruled out for offside.

Following the half-time break, Bonham again did brilliantly to deny Zanzala, with Bishop again hitting the post after the ball had fell at his feet.

The game’s only goal came two minutes after Bishop had hit the post, as Charles-Cook created space for himself before the winger curled an effort past Dimitar Evtimov to open the scoring.

As the second half progressed, Bonham continued to impress as he denied efforts from Bishop, Jordan Clark and Joe Pritchard.

Despite Stanley piling on the pressure, the Gillingham defence remained strong to hold on for the win.

Next up for Coleman’s side is a home fixture against Liverpool Under-21s in the Trophy on Tuesday 29th October, 7.45pm kick-off.

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