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Gillingham 1-0 AFC Fylde: Lewis Walker goal sees League Two side in FA Cup

Gillingham avoided an FA Cup upset when Lewis Walker scored the winner in a 1–0 first round win over National League North side AFC Fylde.

The hosts’ passage into the second round could have been much more comfortable had Scott Kashket not missed a penalty after 10 minutes of being fouled by Fylde captain Alex Whitmore.

Despite being 34 places below Gillingham in the league pyramid, the visitors were never outplayed by their opponents and created early half-chances through Nick Haughton and Siya Ligendza.

The Gills scored the winner two minutes before half-time when Walker, the son of former England defender Des, took advantage of a defensive mix-up to get past Chris Neal.

Haughton twice tested goalkeeper Jake Turner from distance around the hour mark before the in-form Coasters midfielder dragged a low effort inches from a post late on.

Kashket came closest to a second-place finish for the Gills, whose progression to the second round for the fifth time in six seasons prepares a visit to National League side Dagenham & Redbridge.

Match report provided by PA Media.

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Gillingham

Training 4-3-3

  • 25Turner
  • twoAlexander
  • 23baggottReserved at 48 minutes
  • 5ehmersubstituted forWrighta Four. Five’minutes
  • 14McKenziesubstituted formnogaa 67′minutes
  • 8O’Keefe
  • 6williamsReserved within 2 minutes
  • sixteenjefferiessubstituted forLawa 90′minutes
  • 22Greensubstituted forreevesa 66′minutes
  • 19Walker
  • 24Kashketsubstituted formcdonalda 82′minutes

substitutes

  • 4Wright
  • 7mcdonald
  • 9mandron
  • 10Leeward
  • elevenreeves
  • 12mnoga
  • 17Law
  • twenty-oneadelakun
  • 33holtam

fylde

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 1Neal
  • 5Obi
  • 6whitmoreReserved within 10 minutes
  • 33Bird
  • 14conlan
  • 4Westonsubstituted forphilliskirka 63′minutes
  • 23White head
  • 7Rowleysubstituted forCloga 73′minutes
  • 24Hatfield
  • 10Haughton
  • 27ligandza

substitutes

  • 8philliskirk
  • 19charm
  • 28Davis
  • 29Clog
  • 31McPartlan

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