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Boundary Park (ATT 3,714) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Oldham Oldham Athletic vs Gillingham Gillingham

Oldham 1

G Harkins (33)

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Harkins strike downs Gills

Last Updated: 22/02/14 6:57pm

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Gary Harkins: Bagged the winning goal

Gary Harkins: Bagged the winning goal

Gary Harkins scored the only goal of the game as Oldham earned a vital victory against Gillingham.

The three points gives the Latics breathing space above the League One relegation zone and punished the Gills for their wasteful finishing.

The visitors carved out two early openings as Joe Pigott headed straight at goalkeeper Mark Oxley before Chris Whelpdale fired off target.

Gillingham missed a glorious chance on the half-hour when Myles Weston, an early substitute for the injured Whelpdale, ran clean through on goal but was denied by Oxley.

Oldham went ahead after 33 minutes as David Worrall's deep cross found Harkins, who cracked a powerful shot inside the far post from eight yards out.

Jon Stead hit the post with an effort from the edge of the box as the Latics went close to a second goal, while at the other end Oxley made another smart save from Pigott's low drive.

Gillingham continued to pose a greater threat, with Weston and Adebayo Akinfenwa both failing to hit the target from good positions.

Oxley secured Oldham's win with two excellent late saves to thwart Akinfenwa and Cody McDonald.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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