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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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2 Swindon Town 23 47
3 Preston North End 23 45
4 Milton Keynes Dons 22 44
5 Bradford City 23 36
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Chesterfield 23 32
8 Rochdale 23 31
9 Notts County 22 31
10 Peterborough United 23 31
11 Fleetwood Town 23 30
12 Walsall 23 30
13 Oldham Athletic 22 30
14 Doncaster Rovers 22 30
15 Port Vale 23 29
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Coventry City 23 26
18 Scunthorpe United 21 26
19 Gillingham 23 25
20 Crawley Town 23 23
21 Crewe Alexandra 23 23
22 Leyton Orient 22 22
23 Colchester United 23 21
24 Yeovil Town 22 20