Gills stay top after Winterbourne win
Winterbourne United 0, Gillingham Town 2
RYAN Murray inspired Gillingham Town to their third straight win as the Gills' remained top of the Western League Premier Division with a win over Winterbourne United.
A penalty from Murray opened the scoring, before Ben Thomson made sure of the points in the second half.
Both sides took a while finding their feet on Winterbourne' new 3G artificial pitch. However, Gillingham started brightly with Gary Bowles heading against the crossbar during the opening exchanges.
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The Gills looked threatening from corners, with a scrappy attempt by Nick Thomson cleared off the line – before Bowles headed over.
Gillingham continued to press and when Ben Thomson was pushed off the ball inside the penalty area – the referee had no option but to award the visitors a penalty.
Ryan Murray sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to give Gillingham the lead after 22 minutes.
The away side continued to dominate the remainder of the first half – with Bowles again threatening. Winterbourne nearly drew level from a rare counter attack as half time approached. Murray's last-ditch block kept Gillingham's lead intact after 45 minutes.
The Gills remained on top after the break, but struggled to find a second goal. Danny Thompson was introduced as a substitute and made an instant impact.
With 16 minutes remaining, Thompson pulled the ball back to Ben Thomson – who fired home Gillingham's second goal.