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Sky Bet League 1

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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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24