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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Tom Eaves (56', 63', 80')
  • Ryan Leonard (20')
  • Michael Kightly (65')
  • Simon Cox (73')

Tom Eaves hat-trick gives Gills point from Southend draw

Tom Eaves bagged a hat-trick to help Gillingham secure a 3-3 draw at home to Southend.
Eaves netted twice at the start of the second half before scoring his third goal 10 minutes from time to ensure Gills claimed their first point of the Sky Bet League One season.
The Shrimpers took the lead in the 20th minute when Ryan Leonard hooked the ball home after Tomas Holy had dropped a cross from Jermaine McGlashan.
Gills hit back, though, with Eaves heading home Mark Byrne's cross in the 56th minute before he also nodded home a cross from Connor Ogilvie in the 63rd minute to put the home side in front.
Southend equalised just two minutes later with Michael Kightly volleying home before Phil Brown's side regained the lead in the 73rd minute when Simon Cox bundled the ball home after Theo Robinson's shot had hit the bar.
But Robinson then brought Byrne down in the box, enabling Eaves to complete his hat-trick as he fired home after initially having his penalty saved by Mark Oxley.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 38 +41 80
2 Barnsley 38 +36 75
3 Sunderland 37 +30 73
4 Portsmouth 38 +25 71
5 Charlton Athletic 38 +18 67
6 Doncaster Rovers 37 +15 57
7 Coventry City 38 +1 56
8 Peterborough United 38 +4 55
9 Blackpool 38 -1 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 +8 52
11 Burton Albion 38 +4 50
12 Plymouth Argyle 38 -12 45
13 Bristol Rovers 37 0 44
14 Wycombe Wanderers 38 -11 44
15 Accrington Stanley 36 -11 44
16 Gillingham 38 -12 44
17 Scunthorpe United 38 -18 44
18 Shrewsbury Town 38 -8 43
19 Oxford United 38 -10 43
20 Southend United 38 -8 42
21 Walsall 38 -18 42
22 AFC Wimbledon 38 -21 39
23 Rochdale 37 -31 38
24 Bradford City 38 -21 36