Gillingham men’s 1st XI were pumped up ready for top of league clash against Winchester 2nd XI following the humiliation 10-0 defeat away from home. The game started at a fast pace but a Steve Hall foul (preventing shot) 10 minutes into the game resulted in a flick against run of play 0-1.
From that initial breakthrough WHC didn’t really have a sniff at goal and some excellent Gillingham play started ripping them to shreds with neat passing, and it wasn’t long before a Sam Rutter pass to Hall top of the d. reverse hit strike for Huw Lloyd to touch in, 1-1.
The GHC second was a breakaway goal, James Rudling and Hall on right, cross in to of circle for Edward Feltham to strike with a quality hit 2-1. More hard work from the forwards led to a short corner, up strode Joe Miller and flicked into the corner 3-1.
Again against the run of play WHC got one back from a short corner, they looked dangerous from these but GHC managed to hold onto a 3-2 lead at half time.
Winchester started the second half with a high press, and on one of these a poor clearance let the attack in with a deflection over the keeper, 3-3 and it got worse when a poor pass on the left was missed by Greg Ridout in the GHC goal for a tap in and 3-4 down.
There was then a period of ill-discipline with Joe Miller getting a green card for some verbal abuse, but whilst he was off Chris Heal and Matt Lewis linked up the right hand side which resulted in a breakaway goal for Heal 4-4.
Miller then got a yellow card, not sure a huff really warranted it but the umpires by this time were having trouble controlling the game, missing stick blocks and pushing in the circle, Captain Christian Bennett was bundled to the floor and the forward finished, 5-4 down.
Hall then got a green for obstruction and members of the crowd were also asked to leave the pitch, they really had lost control. The final 5 minutes was all GHC but the pressure did not yield a goal and it finished as a 5-4 loss.