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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Mark Byrne (28', 53')
  • Alex Lacey (37')
  • Josh Parker (47')
  • Liam Sercombe (90'+1')

Mark Byrne bags brace as Gillingham ease past Bristol Rovers

Gillingham claimed their first home league victory in three months by thrashing Bristol Rovers 4-1 at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Following Joe Partington's foul on former Bristol City midfielder Scott Wagstaff, Mark Byrne saw his penalty saved by Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith but tapped home the rebound to open the scoring for the Gills.
Defender Alex Lacey doubled the hosts' advantage eight minutes before half-time, capping a surging forward run with a curled finish from 15 yards.
Josh Parker capitalised on dreadful Rovers defending to poke home his side's third, 90 seconds after the break.
Byrne sealed their victory with his second after 53 minutes with the goal of the game, hitting a first-time volley into the top corner from Lee Martin's corner.
However, the Irish midfielder missed the chance to score his first career hat-trick in the 65th minute, shooting wide from the penalty spot following Smith's clumsy foul on Wagstaff.
Liam Sercombe scored a stoppage-time consolation for Rovers, curling into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 27 +40 60
2 Blackburn Rovers 27 +25 55
3 Shrewsbury Town 27 +16 55
4 Scunthorpe United 28 +13 50
5 Bradford City 28 +5 48
6 Charlton Athletic 28 +4 46
7 Rotherham United 28 +10 44
8 Peterborough United 28 +9 43
9 Portsmouth 28 +2 42
10 Oxford United 29 +1 38
11 Gillingham 28 +1 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 28 +1 36
13 Fleetwood Town 28 -4 36
14 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 36
15 Plymouth Argyle 29 -7 35
16 Walsall 27 -4 33
17 Blackpool 29 -6 33
18 Northampton Town 29 -22 32
19 AFC Wimbledon 27 -7 31
20 Southend United 28 -15 31
21 Milton Keynes Dons 28 -11 30
22 Oldham Athletic 29 -13 29
23 Rochdale 26 -11 22
24 Bury 28 -22 20

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