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Monday, May 09, 2011

Big Match Review - Chesterfield 3 Gillingham 1

Chesterfield 3-1 Gillingham
Saturday May 7, b2net Stadium, (Att: 10,023)

Three second half goals helped long term leaders Chesterfield clinch the League Two title and deny Gillingham a place in the end of season play offs.

The Spireites opened the scoring on 54 minutes when Danny Whittaker seized on a mistake at the back to round Alan Julian and slip the ball home.

However, the Kent side - knowing they had to get a result to have a chance of a top seven spot - were soon back on level termsCody McDonald latching onto Bayo Akinfenwa's through ball to clip the ball over Tommy Lee and give the Gills hope.

The home team hit back though, and restored their advantage when Jack Lester was on hand to tap home Scott Griffith's low centre from close range.

They wrapped up the game and the title when Dean Smalley converted another cross from the left at the back post to make it 3-1.

It capped a memorable first year at the b2net Stadium for John Sheridan's men. For Gillingham though, a season which had begun with such high hopes has failed to deliver.

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