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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 6,792) 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Hill

Gillingham Gillingham vs Colchester United Colchester

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Bond seals U's triumph

Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:30pm

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Andrew Bond: Snatched the win

Andrew Bond: Snatched the win

Gillingham's suffered a 1-0 defeat to Colchester on their return to League One thanks to a goal from substitute Andrew Bond right at the death.

It could have been a very different story altogether for Gillingham, though, had birthday-boy Danny Kedwell scored rather than hit the woodwork in an entertaining first-half that surprisingly failed to produce a goal.

Allen chose to partner Kedwell - celebrating his 30th birthday - and summer signing Cody McDonald up front, and it was the former who was looking like the hosts' biggest threat.

He smashed a ninth-minute effort narrowly wide after Charlie Lee's throw had caused panic in the box, and also crashed an effort off the woodwork when he spotted the visiting goalkeeper Sam Walker off his line.

Walker then made a good save from Lee late in the half.

Colchester had a rare chance at the other end that almost broke the deadlock after the break, Stuart Nelson's flying save denied Marcus Bean.

Chris Whelpdale's low drive nearly made the breakthrough, as Walker parried into the path of Amine Linganzi, but the linesman's flag was raised for off-side.

Yet, with two minutes left, Colchester substitute Bond latched onto a low cross and drilled it home to hand Colchester the three points.

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1 Bristol City 15 33
2 Preston North End 14 31
3 Swindon Town 14 26
4 Notts County 14 26
5 Peterborough United 15 26
6 Sheffield United 14 26
7 Oldham Athletic 15 25
8 Milton Keynes Dons 13 24
9 Rochdale 14 23
10 Fleetwood Town 15 19
11 Chesterfield 15 19
12 Bradford City 15 19
13 Crawley Town 15 18
14 Colchester United 15 17
15 Barnsley 14 16
16 Port Vale 15 16
17 Coventry City 15 16
18 Walsall 15 15
19 Leyton Orient 15 15
20 Doncaster Rovers 13 15
21 Gillingham 15 14
22 Yeovil Town 15 13
23 Crewe Alexandra 15 13
24 Scunthorpe United 15 12