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Gillingham Match Preview

22 October 2019

Marcus Braddock previews this evenings Sky Bet League One game with Gillingham

Tonight, Shrewsbury Town entertain Gillingham in our first home game in Skybet League One since the start of October. The Gills are currently sitting in 16th position after 3 wins and five draws in League One. Their three wins have all been recorded at home meaning that they've not yet won away.

Manager Steve Evans is well known to lower league supporters having managed at Rotherham, Peterborough and Crawley to name just three of the seven clubs that he's been in charge of. He's been in charge of the Kent team since May, winning three and drawing six of their 16 games in that time.

The Gills have spread the goals around with Alex Jakubiak on four in the league so far this season with four players scoring two goals so far.

We've played the Gills a total of 65 times, including four games in cup competitions. Our best result against them was the 7-0 home win in 2008 and their best result against us was a 5-0 home win in October 1964.

Tonight's referee is Mr Will Finnie from Bedfordshire. Finnie is in his second season as a professional ref and spent last season officiating in the Conference, giving out 80 yellow and 9 red cards from 22 games. This season he's been in charge of League Two games so tonight's game will be his first in Skybet League One. So far this season, Finnie has shown one red card and 47 yellow cards in 11 games.

Town have a few injuries to contend with, with Callum Lang and Romain Vincalot both out of action for a fair few months. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will be missing because of his hamstring injury.

The Gills have midfielder Mark Byrne suspended after picking up his fifth caution of the season. Midfielder Matt Willock will also be out of action for the Gills and defender Barry Fuller is a doubt.

Town have not been beaten in their last three games and will be hoping to extend that run to four tonight. We've also kept three clean sheets in a row so I have high hopes that we can get a positive result. Sam Ricketts thinks Gillingham have been unlucky this season and is cautioning against any thoughts of an easy game.

COYB!!!

 


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