Double cup success for Gillingham
Gillingham Town 2, Welton Rovers 0
TWO second half goals handed Gillingham Town a 2-0 win over Welton Rovers in the Les Philips Cup.
Ryan Murray saw his penalty saved before half time - before Phil Ormrod and Steve Smith fired the Gills into the next round – where they will face Radstock Town.
After 17 minutes of play, some skilful play from Ormrod forced the hosts into conceding a penalty. Murray stepped up, but his powerful drive was saved by Welton goalkeeper Andy King.
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The hosts came more into the game with Gills goalkeeper Jamie Beale denying a drive from Tom Pawley - before Welton had appeals for a penalty turned down.
Gillingham started to take control after the restart, and Ormrod headed home Aaron Rodriguez's corner to open the scoring on 58 minutes.
Welton didn't roll over, with Anthony Conradi smashing an attempt against the crossbar, before his long-range effort was well saved by Beale.
The hosts nearly drew level in the closing stages, but Beale again made an impressive save to keep his side's lead intact. In the last minute of play, Gillingham had the opportunity to seal the win after Welton conceded another penalty, this time for handball.
Smith stepped up to take the spot kick, calmly slotting the ball home to send Gillingham into the next round.
The Gills also booked their place in the quarter finals of the Dorset Senior Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Blandford United on Tuesday.
Blandford scored an own goal after seven minutes before Ormrod doubled Gillingham's lead after half time. Rodriguez and Jack Vallis also scored to seal the victory.