Southend United 0 - 1 Gillingham

Match info: League Two at Roots Hall

Date: 01/01/2013 KO: 13:00 Ref: K Woolmer Att: 7,498

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Southend

0
vs
1

Gillingham

Chris Whelpdale 3

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: January 1 2013, 19:17 GMT

Chris Whelpdale's second-minute volley handed Gillingham a hard-fought 1-0 win at promotion rivals Southend on New Year's Day.

Whelpdale: Match-winning strike
Whelpdale: Match-winning strike

Whelpdale latched on to a deep free-kick from Joe Martin and, with Shrimpers goalkeeper Paul Smith rooted to his goal-line, he cushioned the ball home from close range.

The Gills came close to doubling their lead when a looping effort from Myles Weston was tipped to safety by Smith, who also did well to keep out a 12-yard shot from former United man Adam Barrett.

However, Southend improved in the second half and almost levelled in the 58th minute when a stunning 30-yard shot from Kevan Hurst was impressively tipped over the crossbar by Stuart Nelson.

The visitors had a huge let off a minute later when Barry Corr volleyed wide of an open goal from inside the six-yard box.

But, having weathered the storm, Gillingham almost added a second when Weston fired against the foot of the right post from 12 yards.