GILLING­HAM ....0 Yates in trib­ute to in­jured stop­per

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

“To a man we were su­perb and one mil­lion times bet­ter than Ply­mouth last week and I really en­joyed it.

“It’s been a tough week with soul search­ing and we now want to take it to the last game by beat­ing Ex­eter next Satur­day.” Gills boss Martin Allen was given a hos­tile re­cep­tion on his re­turn to a club that by his own ad­mis­sion he did a poor job be­tween 2008 and 2009.

But he said he hopes Chel­tenham join Gilling­ham in League One next term.

“I do hope Chel­tenham go up, be­cause what­ever the sup­port­ers think about me I don’t really give a mon­keys,” Allen said.

“I love this place, it’s al­ways been very spe­cial to me and the wel­come I had from the staff and the peo­ple be­hind the scenes was great, they all know I worked my best here.

“They are the peo­ple that mat­ter and all of our sup­port­ers be­hind the goal who sang their hearts right through to the very end.

“They’ve seen our play­ers give ev­ery­thing for the club once again. It would have been great to get a goal at the end to go up, but now we look for­ward to next Satur­day, and a win next Satur­day and we will be the Cham­pi­ons and we’re all set.”

Gilling­ham tested Brown in the 33rd minute when the goal­keeper turned over Danny Ked­well’s over­head kick.

But Chel­tenham edged the first half and Hec­tor went close with a header that was de­flected wide by Adam Bar­rett at the near post.

The de­ci­sive goal ar­rived when Billy Jones’ cor­ner was pow­ered in by the head of Hec­tor, who cel­e­brated the first goal of his loan spell from Read­ing to se­cure three price­less points, leav­ing Chel­tenham in fourth place, two be­hind third-placed Bur­ton. Chris Whelp­dale saw a shot de­flected over in the dy­ing sec­onds, but an equaliser would have been harsh.

BUN­DLE: Michael Hec­tor cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Chel­tenham’s win­ner


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