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Broadhall Way (ATT 2,399) 4th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Stevenage Stevenage vs Gillingham Gillingham

Stevenage 3

F Zoko (pen 22)
D Charles (30, 59)

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Gillingham 1

E Hewitt (S/O 22)
C McDonald (56)

Charles double dumps Gillingham

Last Updated: 04/02/14 11:22pm

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Darius Charles: Bagged a brace against Gillingham

Darius Charles: Bagged a brace against Gillingham

Darius Charles struck twice as bottom-club Stevenage claimed an important 3-1 victory over 10-man Gillingham.

The Gills were forced to play a man light from the 21st minute after Elliott Hewitt's red card for deliberate handball and Boro took full advantage to move within two points of safety.

After a quiet start, the game exploded into life when Hewitt was sent off for handling Francois Zoko's shot on the line.

Zoko stepped up to casually roll in the resulting penalty but Boro should have lost their lead a couple of minutes later only for Cody McDonald to blaze over an open goal.

The hosts then went 2-0 up on the half-hour as Luke Freeman got away down the left and cut the ball back for Charles, whose effort was deflected in.

Gillingham thought they had a route back into the game when McDonald finished calmly only for Charles to grab his second three minutes later following a Freeman free-kick.

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7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
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11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
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13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33