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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
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 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24