GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2017


A quick study shows that Gills survival probably will rely on others with many Clubs having, on paper at least, difficult matches to overcome providing results that could help struggling Gills. Two out of the six teams on the left must drop.

For example Port Vale, currently four points adrift of Gills, have to play both Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town. Swindon have a difficult home encounter against Scunthorpe United and promotion chasing Southend have to play both Bury and Shrewsbury.

However, Gills boss Ady Pennock is determined that League One survival can be achieved by his squad without the help of other Clubs and a ninth home victory on Saturday against promotion-chasing Fleetwood should ensure Gills can finally rest easy with just one match remaining.

If Gills fail to win and also fail to gain a point they will face a nerve jangling Sunday afternoon at Sixfields facing Northampton and former manager Justin Edinburgh on the final day with relegation to League Two definitely still a distinct possibility.

After last weekend when results in other games were kind to the Gills, they remained four points clear of the drop zone. Pennock said, “The results are important but we can’t keep relying on other people. It’s a big game against Fleetwood because there is a chance that they could get automatic promotion. If we beat Fleetwood, we will be sitting much better.”

Gills are mid-table if only the home form is taken into consideration and Pennock continued, “We want to stay in this division and that is what I have come here to do. We still have a good opportunity to do that. We are OK at home, we are better at home.” Supporters will hope he is correct and an extra point might be enough to save Gills as 50 is normally a safety total.


BURY                   50

  1. (a)Southend


  1. (a)Northampton

PORT VALE         48

(a) Fleetwood