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Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale: Martin leads the way as Gills down Dale

Gills skipper Lee Martin made a crucial contribution with a 63rd-minute volley to claim another priceless win over struggling Rochdale at Priestfield

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A captain’s innings from Lee Martin helped Gillingham to their sixth League One game without defeat as they came from behind to beat Rochdale at Priestfield.

Dale took the lead on the 27-minute mark as defender Andy Cannon found space on the edge of the box and placed a curling shot past Tomas Holy in the Gills goal.

Gillingham needed an equaliser before the break, and they found one with a superbly-struck effort from Bradley Garmston. The Gills’ left back finding the bottom corner after a free kick was touched to him on 41 minutes.

Elliott List replaced the experienced Scott Wagstaff at halftime, and the pacy winger had a hand in the Gills’ winner after 63 minutes, as his cross was deflected into the path of the onrushing skipper Martin, who volleyed home to score what proved to be the winning goal.

That win pushes the Gills up to 14th, leapfrogging Blackpool and Bristol Rovers, who drew 0-0. The Gills now sit on 33 points, four points clear of the drop zone and 10 points shy of the playoff places.

Gills’ XI vs Rochdale

Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Garmston (Ogilvie 70), Byrne, Hessenthaler, Wagstaff (List 45), Martin, Parker, Eaves.

Unused subs: Nelson, Lacey, Wilkinson, Nugent, Oldaker.