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PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM (A)

20 October 2015

The Iron will be hoping to extend their winning run to four matches when they travel to Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Mark Robins’ side came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury and move into the top half of League One.

Gillingham will provide a stern test though as they are top of the league and have scored 26 times this season – the most in League One.

They are also unbeaten at home this campaign, although they drew their last clash at MEMS Priestfield Stadium 3-3 with Oldham.

A Gillingham victory could see them extend their lead at the top, while an Iron win could see them close the gap on the play-off places.



Iron boss Mark Robins has no new injury worries heading into the game, but he could look to rotate his side to freshen things up with it being the second of three games inside the space of a week.

Luke Williams returned to the match squad against Shrewsbury. He had been out since the first day of the season.

Niall Canavan and Stephen Dawson will miss the trip, but Jamie Ness is nearing a return.



Gillingham have League One’s in-form marksman at their disposal, and Rory Donnelly’s goals have helped the Kent side reach the top.

The Northern Ireland striker has scored six goals in four games, including the winner in their last outing at Crewe, which they won 1-0.

He started his career in his homeland at Cliftonville, enjoying a prolific couple of seasons that led to a host of Premier League clubs becoming interested in him.

The 23-year-old moved to Swansea in January 2012, joining for an undisclosed fee, although his spell in South Wales was not successful.

Donnelly found games hard to come by so went on loan to Tranmere in search of regular football, and enjoyed a decent spell.

He was released by Swansea in May 2015 and joined Gillingham in the summer, where he has worked his way into the team, becoming an important part of their squad.



Mark Robins watched from the stands ahead of taking charge of the Iron as they won 3-0 at Gillingham last October.

Paddy Madden gave United the lead in the first half, which also saw Gills skipper Doug Loft dismissed for a two-footed challenge.

United doubled their lead midway through the second half as Neal Bishop found the net, with Gary McSheffrey sealing the win in the last minute.

It was our first away win of the season, but it still left us in the League One bottom four.

The Iron went on to do the double over Gillingham as they won 2-1 in the return clash at Glanford Park in April.



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