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Priestfield Stadium (ATT 6,027) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Gillingham Gillingham vs Rotherham United Rotherham

Gillingham 3

A Akinfenwa (30)
M Weston (57)
B Dack (84)

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Rotherham 4

K Agard (2)
T Hitchcock (69, 86, 90+3)

Hitchcock settles thriller

Last Updated: 05/04/14 7:10pm

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Tom Hitchcock: Hat-trick hero

Tom Hitchcock: Hat-trick hero

Substitute Tom Hitchcock scored a superb second-half hat-trick as Rotherham twice came from behind to beat Gillingham 4-3.

The visitors took the lead after just 13 seconds as Kieran Agard slotted home from close range for his 20th goal of the season.

Lee Frecklington and James Tavernier came close to doubling the advantage before Adebayo Akinfewa levelled things up after half an hour with his 10th strike of the campaign.

Myles Weston then put the hosts in front 12 minutes after the break as he latched onto Elliott Hewitt's through ball to slot home.

But on-loan forward Hitchcock, a 61st-minute sub, had only been on the pitch for eight minutes when he beat the offside trap to coolly finish from six yards to make it 2-2.

Bradley Dack capitalised on a mistake from Kari Arnason to put the Gills back in front with six minutes remaining with a brilliant chip.

However, Hitchcock equalised again barely a minute later with a neat finish and then completed his hat-trick in the third minute of stoppage time with a curling lob to extend the Millers' unbeaten run to 16 games.

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3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
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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