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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 3,648) 2nd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Hooper

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Gillingham Gillingham

Northamptn 1

A Akinfenwa (82)

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Gillingham 2

D Burton (44)
J Payne (55)
C Allen (S/O 90+4)

Gills stay perfect on the road

Last Updated: 02/10/12 11:37pm

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Burton: Draws first blood

Burton: Draws first blood

League Two leaders Gillingham maintained their 100% record on the road with a 2-1 success at Northampton on Tuesday evening.

Goals in either half from Deon Burton and Jack Payne saw Martin Allen's side pick up three more points despite Adebayo Akinfenwa pulling one back for the hosts late on.

Northampton went close early on through Luke Guttridge before Akinfenwa was denied by a goal-saving block from Tom Flanagan and Kelvin Langmead blazed over from close range.

For Gillingham, who lost their unbeaten start in the league on Saturday, Burton should have done better with his header from Joe Martin's cross and Danny Kedwell was denied by a superb save from Lee Nicholls before Chris Whelpdale turned well and shot just wide from 25 yards out.

Cobblers substitute Chris Hackett almost broke the deadlock when his first-time drive struck the crossbar. But Burton did just that on the stroke of half-time when he latched on a long clearance to round Nicholls and slip the ball into an empty net.

After the restart Charlie Allen broke clear but was clattered by Nicholls when he looked certain to score. Hackett went close to an equaliser when he was denied by a last-gasp block from Adam Barrett.

But Payne doubled Gillingham's advantage in the 55th minute, his first time drive nestling in the bottom corner of the net after the ball ran free on the edge of the box.

Ishmel Demontagnac flashed a shot across goal after bursting into the box but Northampton rarely threatened in the second half.

Akinfenwa finally reduced the arrears in the 82nd minute when he headed home Ben Tozer's long throw-in before Gills substitute Myles Weston saw his cross hit a post late on and Allen was dismissed in stoppage-time after picking up a second yellow card.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39