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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- 6williamsReserved within 2 minutes
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- 22Greensubstituted forreevesa 66′minutes
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- 6whitmoreReserved within 10 minutes
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Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, AFC Fylde 0.
Shaun Williams (Gillingham) has been fouled in the defensive zone.
Foul by Danny Whitehead (AFC Fylde).
Substitution, Gillingham. Ryan Law replaces Dom Jefferies.
Foul by Haji Mnoga (Gillingham).
Danny Philliskirk (AFC Fylde) has been fouled on the left flank.
Corner, AFC Fylde. Conceded by Haji Mnoga.
Substitution, Gillingham. Alexander MacDonald replaces Scott Kashket.
Foul by Scott Kashket (Gillingham).
Alex Whitmore (AFC Fylde) has been fouled in the opposite half.
Failed attempt. Nick Haughton (AFC Fylde) left footed shot from outside the box very close but misses to the right.
Change, AFC Fylde. Keenan Patten replaces Joe Rowley.
Substitution, Gillingham. Haji Mnoga replaces Robbie McKenzie.
Substitution, Gillingham. Ben Reeves replaces Jordan Green.
Failed attempt. it goes too high. Danny Whitehead (AFC Fylde) right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt saved. Emeka Obi (AFC Fylde) right footed shot from outside the box.
Change, AFC Fylde. Danny Philliskirk replaces Curtis Weston.
Attempt saved. Scott Kashket (Gillingham) right footed shot wide from the left.
Attempt saved. Nick Haughton (AFC Fylde) left footed shot from outside the box.
Foul by Stuart O’Keefe (Gillingham).