Gillingham Town sweep aside Larkhall Athletic with another polished performance at Hardings Lane
Gillingham Town put in another impressive performance at Hardings Lane as they swept aside Larkhall Athletic.
John Vance inspired the Gills to a comfortable 3-0 win over their Western Premier League rivals - with Lee Gale and Jack Vallis on target for the Dorset side.
Gillingham opened the scoring with a well-worked free kick after 17 minutes.
Vance's pinpoint delivery was headed across goal by James Hatcher, allowing Gale to pounce at the back post to score with a well-timed volley.
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Both defences dominated the remainder of the first half, and Gillingham started the second period on the front foot.
Pete Hussey pulled off a fantastic save to deny Ben Thompson in the opening minutes of the second period to keep Larkhall in contention.
The visitors increased the pressure on the Gillingham defence and some desperate blocks from the Gills' back four kept their lead intact.
With the game in the balance, the hosts made the most of another free-kick to double their lead and give them some breathing space.
Another great ball in from Vance found Vallis, who scored with a powerful headed effort.
A Larkhall comeback looked unlikely with time running out, and it got worse for the visitors when Ben Thompson's ambitious effort deflected off a Larkhall defender and found its way into the net.
The Gills finished the game on top, unlucky not to add to their tally. The win lifts the Dorset side to eighth place in the Western Football League Premier Division.
Gillingham have now scored thirteen goals without reply in their last three games at Hardings Lane.
The Gills continue their push up the table when they visit high-flying Hallen on Saturday.