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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Lee Martin (62')
  • Daniel Powell (45')
  • Matt Grimes (73')

Northampton end poor run with narrow victory over fellow strugglers Gillingham

Northampton ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions with a crucial 2-1 victory in their League One basement battle at Gillingham.
Danny Powell's low drive gave the Cobblers the lead against the run of play before Lee Martin equalised for the managerless Gills.
But Matt Grimes' deflected free-kick after 73 minutes gave Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side all three points as they leapfrogged their opponents in the drop zone.
The hosts nearly took the lead through Martin's fierce drive after 16 minutes, while Elliott List's shot soared wide after he brilliantly wriggled away from a crowd.
Just before the break, Powell found himself in space in a central position before striking in off the post from 25 yards out.
Aaron Pierre nearly doubled their lead after latching onto John Joe O'Toole's header but the centre-back's volley was well saved.
After 62 minutes, the Gills equalised when Josh Parker's searching ball found Martin, who neatly finished into the corner of the net.
But the visitors regained the lead when Grimes' free-kick from the right hit both posts and dropped in to give them victory.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36