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Monday, February 14, 2011

Big Match Review - Crewe 1 Gillingham 1

Crewe Alexandra
1-1 Gillingham
Saturday January 12, Gresty Road, (Att: 4,012)

Play off hopefuls Crewe Alexandra and Gillingham were forced to share the spoils at Gresty Road as a Curtis Weston strike in the second half earned the visitors a point.

Chances were at a premium early on, with the best opportunity falling to Danny Shelley - but Gills keeper Alan Julian stopped his strike with his legs.

Andy Hessenthaler's side then went behind in bizarre circumstances when substitute Tony Sinclair diverted Shelley's cross from the left into his own net after 26 minutes.

Gillingham struggled to find a riposte, however, they eventually got back on level terms in stunning style ten minutes after the interval.

Weston latched onto a loose ball and his fierce drive from 25 yards beat the low dive of Rhys Taylor down to the keeper's left.

Both sides pushed for a winner, with Bayo Akinfenwa being denied by the foot of Taylor before a Weston shot was deflected wide by Dave Artell.

Dario Gradi's men also had their opportunities, with a Shelley shot going close as well as Julian being called into action to keep out Luke Murphy's stinging shot at his near post.

Ultimately, it was a fair point all round - which keeps the Kent side in 6th while Alex sit four points beind them in 9th, albeit with two games in hand on their top seven rivals.

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