Gillingham 2-0 Hartlepool United – BBC Sport

Dom Jefferies and debutant Tom Nichols scored as Gillingham beat Hartlepool in the battle of League Two strugglers at Priestfield.

The hosts’ starting line-up featured all four of their January arrivals, including Nichols and midfielder Timothee Dieng, who almost combined for an opener within five minutes.

Josh Umerah almost fired the visitors into the lead against the run of play approaching the half-hour mark with a stinging drive that was tipped wide by Glenn Morris.

Nichols’ opener came five minutes before the break as he got the last touch on Alex MacDonald’s free-kick to amuse the ball past goalkeeper Ben Killip.

Within 60 seconds of an Umerah equalizer being ruled out for offside, midfielder Jefferies found the top corner to double his side’s advantage on 59 minutes.

Although they remain bottom of the division, Gillingham’s win – their first in 13 league games – moves them to within two points of Hartlepool and three behind Rochdale in 22nd.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Morris
  • 14McKenzie
  • 4Wright
  • 5Ehmer
  • 3Tutonda
  • 6Williams
  • 38DiengBooked at 72mins
  • 16JefferiesSubstituted forAlexanderat 87′minutes
  • 7MacDonaldsSubstituted forAdelakunat 80′minutes
  • 28Hawkins
  • 20NicholsSubstituted forKashketat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alexander
  • 8O’Keefe
  • 21Adelakun
  • 23Baggott
  • 24Kashket
  • 25Turner
  • 29Gbode

Hartlepool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Killip
  • 26TumilityBooked at 38minsSubstituted forSheltonat 45′minutes
  • 23Menayese
  • 3Ferguson
  • 37Dodds
  • 16DolanBooked at 19mins
  • 20Sylla
  • 8Featherstone
  • 12GreySubstituted forMcDonaldsat 81′minutes
  • 9Umerah
  • 19HamiltonSubstituted forHastieat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Niang
  • 6Shelton
  • 7Hastie
  • 11McDonalds
  • 13Boyes
  • 28Missilou

Referees:
Robert Lewis

Attendance:
2.003

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