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Monday, November 01, 2010

Big Match Review - Northampton 2 Gillingham 1

Northampton Town 2-1 Gillingham
Saturday October 30, Sixfields, (Att: 4,573)

Struggling Northampton moved out of the bottom two as they came from behind to extend Gillingham's miserable run without victory away from home.

The visitors had got off to the perfect start as they sought a first success on the road since April 2009.

A smart free kick routine involving John Nutter and Charlie Palmer allowed the latter to smash a low drive from the edge of the box past Chris Dunn and into the net.

However, Andy Hessenthaler's side were punished for some slack marking from a corner when the Cobblers levelled on 21 minutes.

Ryan Gilligan's corner found Dean Beckwith at the back post and the defender powered home a header to restore parity.

And before the interval, the hosts had turned things around completely from the penalty spot.

Again it was Beckwith causing trouble from a free kick and, when he was hauled down in the box, Leon McKenzie stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.

Chances were at a premium in the second period, although former Town man Bayo Akinfenwa went close to equalising late on only to see Dunn thwart his near post effort.

In the end it was a precious three points for Ian Sampson's men - a first win in six which left Gillingham still searching for that elusive away success.

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