Gillingham Town edged out by Brislington as Gills miss chance to top table
GILLINGHAM Town missed the chance to go top of the Western Premier League as they lost at Hardings Lane for the first time this season against Brislington.
Despite making a good start, the Gills couldn't hang on for the three points with Danny Barwood's penalty handing victory to Brislington.
Gillingham took an early lead form the penalty spot after a foul on Ben Thomson. Ryan Murray sent Chris Humphries the wrong way to open the scoring.
Humphries made a string of first half saves to prevent the Gills extending their advantage. The visitors drew level after some skillful play from Gingell took him past Murray before lashing a shot past Gillingham goalkeeper Jamie Beale.
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The Dorset side regained their lead before the break when the impressive Ben Thomson fired past Humphries in first half stoppage time.
Gillingham started brightly after half time - but Mike Rimmer was left unmarked from a corner as Brislington again tied the score on 52 minutes with a powerful header.
The equaliser gave Brislington renewed confidence as the visitors pushed for a third goal. With the Gills on the back foot, Beale tripped Gingell in the penalty area - allowing Barwood to ease the ball home to give the away side a 3-2 lead.
The Gills pushed forward in the closing stages, but couldn't find enough to earn a point.