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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 6,796) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: O Langford

Gillingham Gillingham vs Rotherham United Rotherham

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Gills move closer to third tier

Last Updated: 01/04/13 7:20pm

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Deon Burton: Scored against his former employers

Deon Burton: Scored against his former employers

Gillingham's Deon Burton netted the only goal of the game as the Gills downed Rotherham 1-0 to all-but secure automatic promotion.

The 36-year-old, who played for the Millers seven seasons ago, latched onto Danny Kedwell's flick from a long Chris Whelpdale throw for the sole strike in the 22nd minute at Priestfield.

Gillingham now sit 11 points clear of fourth-placed Cheltenham and 12 ahead of Burton, who are fifth and have one game in hand like Port Vale in second and Northampton in third.

Burton's goal in the first half was a rare moment of note however after the break Gillingham could have extended their lead while Rotherham could have snatched a point.

Millers goalkeeper Scott Shearer tipped a 12-yard effort from Kedwell onto the bar in the 70th minute and then dived low to push a composed header from the same player wide moments later.

And right at the death Stuart Nelson had to be alert to save a powerful 35-yard strike from Michael O'Connor as the Gills also moved one step closer to the League Two title.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 38 71
3 Wycombe Wanderers 38 71
4 Bury 38 67
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6 Newport County AFC 39 61
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8 Plymouth Argyle 38 57
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Exeter City 38 54
11 Northampton Town 38 53
12 AFC Wimbledon 38 52
13 Portsmouth 38 49
14 Morecambe 38 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 38 49
16 Accrington Stanley 39 46
17 Mansfield Town 38 45
18 Cambridge United 38 44
19 Oxford United 38 43
20 Carlisle United 38 41
21 York City 38 38
22 Tranmere Rovers 38 37
23 Cheltenham Town 38 37
24 Hartlepool United 38 36