Gillingham 1, Swindon 1
KRBS Priestfield Stadium
26 April 2008, 12:30pm kick off
Swindon Town fans were ecstatic this afternoon at Priestfield after rescuing a point late on thanks to a Hasney Aljofree header which almost certainly means Gillingham will be playing League 2 football next season.
Gillingham got off to the best possible start as Gary Richard's headed home Nicky Southall's cross past Town keeper Peter Brezovan to give Gills a 1-0 lead in the first 2 minutes.
Gillingham kept pressing and looked as if they would thump Swindon early on with Town wasting many chances to get the ball forward.
The Gillingham fans were firmly behind their side who knew if they got 3 points today they would stand a fighting chance of League One football next season.
It is no secret their is a huge rivalry between Swindon and Gillingham and the Gillingham fans let Town know what they thought of them. Chants of "stand up if you hate Swindon" and "we hate Swindon and we hate Swindon" rang around the stadium.
Town suffered a blow when defender Jerel Ifil had to leave the game with a thigh injury on the 33rd minute, Ifil was replaced by youth team player Sean Morrison.
Gilligham went into the half time break most certainly the happier of the 2 sides and looked the team in mid-table. Swindon however looked to be the team who were facing relegation.
Town came back out for the second half with an un-changed side and once again it was Gillingham who had most of the play for the second half.
The game was pretty much all Gillingham until the 88th minute.
On the 88th minute Sean Morrison flicked a ball onto Hasney Aljofree which hit the back of the net.
The Swindon Town fans were sent into raptures whilst the Gillingham fans stood in silence knowing their survival hopes had been hit with a fatal blow.
Town fans began to sing "going down", "your going to Shrewsbury" among other things whilst celebrating.
Gillingham did not really deserve this after a fine performance on the afternoon but we know from being relegated. Football is a cruel game.
The final whistle was met with a huge cheer from Swindon fans and chants of "we sent the Gills down" started. The Gillingham fans stood in silence knowing that if Cheltenham won later on that day, They would be down. Town fans mocked the Gillingham players and staff chanting "going down" whilst the Town players celebrated on rescuing an away point.
Cheltenham would go on to lose 2-1 to Oldham meaning Gillingham live to fight another day, however they are playing Leeds United at Elland Road, in front of 38,000 fans.
Will Gillingham stay up? It looks very doubtful.
Peter Brezovan - 7
Jack Smith - 7
Jerel Ifil - 6
Hasney Aljofree - 7
Jamie Vincent - 6
Jon-Paul McGovern - 6
Craig Easton - 7
Michael Timlin - 7
Anthony McNamee - 6
Simon Cox - 7
Lee Peacock - 7
Sean Morrison - 7
Billy Paynter - 6
Ben Joyce - 6
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