GillsConnect News Desk

Dateline: MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2018

 
 


Gills Team News

Gills Manager Steve Lovell will probably stick with his main players when they line-up against Northampton. He will be hoping that captain Lee Martin is ready to return as the Gills midfield action was missing the influentuel player in the home game against Peterborough.


Striker Conor Wilkinson playe his part in the ‘never say die’ attitude during the last fifteen minutes of the Peterborough come-back and could be rewarded with a place but more likely will remain on the subs bench.


The prefered starting line-up could be: Tomas Holy, Luke O’Neill, Max Ehmer, Gabriel Zakuani, Bradley Garmston, Mark Byrne, Scott Wagstaff, Callum Reilly, Lee Martin, Tom Eaves and Josh Parker.


Midfielders Franck Moussa and Navid Nasseri could feature if Lee Martin is not available as it is unlikely that Lovell will use Elliott List at the start of an away match as he did at home versus Peterborough. List will be on the bench and come on as an impact player if required.


New striker Rhys Murphy along with Connor Ogilvie plus Ben Nugent, Finn O’Mara, Conor Wilkinson and Liam Nash should alsomake up a strong substitute’s bench.


Northampton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was happy with his winning team’s performance at Wimbledon after the set-back of their latest home defeat agauinst next to bottom Rochdale.


Hasselbaink will probably stick with this same formation: O'Donnell, Moloney, Taylor, Turnbull, Bunney, Crooks, Matt Grimes (pictured below), Powell, O'Toole, Hoskins and van Veen.


New striker, signed from Scunthorpe, van Veen has still to get off the mark and was substituted agfainst Wimbledon with top scorer Chris Long who has eight to his name this campaign. Both will probably play a part in the game against Gills.


Northampton Town Team News

Like Gills under Steve Lovell Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has led a revival from the depths of the relegation zone and they are on a decent run of four wins in six games. Their last match was won away at struggling Wimbledon by 1-3 and Hasselbaink heaped praise on his team's 'very good overall performance' saying, "We could have scored more goals and we looked dangerous and it was really good to see.”


When Northampton played Gills at Priestfield both teams were in the botom four and the Cobblers had only scored ten goals in 14 matches. Since then Hasselbaink has increased the scoring rate from all areas and following the latest win he said, "The finishing today was good and and it's nice to see different names score other than strikers. Cobblers home record was dented last time with defeat against lowly Dale and was their eighth this campaign. This is joint worse in League One.




Form - Last Eight League Games



















LEAGUE ONE TABLE - Up to and including : SATURDAY / 5 AUGUST / 2017

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE - 2017/2018



HOME
AWAY












Pld
Won
Drw
Lst
Won
Drw
Lst
GsF
GsA
Dif
Pts
Form LAST 5
4
Bradford City
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
3
D
W
D
D
W
14
GILLINGHAM
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
W
L
L
D
D



















League One games

1

2

3

GILLINGHAM (home games only)

SOUTHEND (away games only)

W

W

L

L

W

L

Form - Last 8 in all competitions



















LEAGUE ONE TABLE - Up to and including : SATURDAY / 5 AUGUST / 2017

FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE - 2017/2018



HOME
AWAY












Pld
Won
Drw
Lst
Won
Drw
Lst
GsF
GsA
Dif
Pts
Form LAST 5
4
Bradford City
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
3
D
W
D
D
W
14
GILLINGHAM
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
W
L
L
D
D



















League One games

1

2

3

4

5

Northampton (home games only)

Gillingham (away games only)

L

D

D

W

L

D

L

L

W

W

W

7

W

W

8

L

L

W

6

Gills and Northampton Town are old friends and have competed in a total of 109 games in League and Cup competitions since the beginning of the 1920/21 season. Throughout that time almost all the matches have been at the Division Three level but during 2006>08 season there were a few in League One including a 4-0 Cobblers win at Sixfields where they completed the double after a 0-1 victory at Priestfield.


Last season Gills were successful in taking four points off the Cobblers. The Sixfields game ended  0-0, a point under Ady Pennock against former boss Justin Edinburgh, that secured Gills League One status for another season.


This campaign they met last October at Priestfield under caretaker boss Steve Lovell, when both teams were in the bottom four. The Cobblers won 1-2 after Lee Martin had equalized but a late free-kick that curled past Tomas Holy gave Northampton victory.


GILLINGHAM v NORTHAMPTON TOWN - Head to Head Record . . .

GILLINGHAM WINS 40 - NORTHAMPTON WINS 51 - DRAWS 18