Myles Weston and Nathan Nyafli net for Gillingham.

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A youthful Gillingham side ended their title winning season with a 3-2 defeat at Burton Albion.

The Gills, with wholesale changes, went ahead early on through Myles Weston’s penalty, but found themselves 2-1 down before the break as Billy Kee and Michael Symes struck back.

Calvin Zola seemed to have put the game out of the Gills reach after the hour mark, but sub Nathan Nyafli scored with his first touch to ensure a pulsating ending to the game.

Charlie Allen and Steven Gregory were the only players to survive the changes from the draw with AFC Wimbledon. Tommy Forecast started in goal, while youth team full-backs Sam Muggleton and Mahlon Romeo joined on loan Harry Grant in the side.

Martin Allen’s side went ahead in the ninth minute when Bradley Dack was brought down in the area. Weston slotted calmly into the bottom right corner.

The striker, who was partnering Adam Birchall up front, nearly added a second on 21 minutes with a snapshot that went wide.

Young Dack was forced off in the 26th minute with an ankle injury, with Kane Haysman replacing him.

It took until the 32nd minute until Burton had their first chance with Billy Kee bursting into the area, but he couldn’t get a shot away.

It did however signal their arrival into the game, as a minute later he fired in the rebound after Jimmy Phillips’ shot hit Forecast’s post.

They went on and scored a second on 39 minutes as Michael Symes poked home Phillips’ low cross from close range.

Half time 2-1.

The Gills could have drawn level a minute into the second half as Allen fired over from Grant’s cross.

Andy Frampton stopped a definite third for the hosts on the hour mark clearing Phillips’ shot off the line.

However the Gills could not stop sub Calvin Zola scoring just after coming onto the pitch firing home Phillips’ cross on 63 minutes.

Allen decided that was the time to make a change, bringing off sub Haysman for young striker Nathan Nyafli. And with his first touch he fired in Muggleton’s long throw on 67 minutes.

Three minutes later there was another debut as defender Devante McKain came on for Harry Grant.

Nyafli nearly bagged a second creating space for a shot which had Tomlinson scrambling to gather at his near post.

Both sides continued to press for a goal in the six minutes of injury time, but Burton hung on for the win.

Attendance: 5,426

Gillingham: Tommy Forecast, Andy Frampton, Charlie Allen, Callum Davies, Adam Birchall, Bradley Dack (Kane Haysman 26, Nathan Nyafli 64), Mahlon Romeo, Myles Weston, Steven Gregory, Sam Muggleton, Harry Grant (Devante McKain 70).

Subs not used: Stuart Nelson, Danny Kedwell, Jake Hessenthaler, Josh Hare.

Burton Albion: Stuart Tomlinson, Aaron Webster, Zander Diamond, John McGrath, Lee Fowler (Matty Palmer 67), Jimmy Phillips (Andy Corbett 80), Anthony O’Connor, Marcus Holness, Adam Drury, Billy Kee (Calvin Zola 62), Michael Symes

Subs not used: Nathan Stanton, Dean Lyness, Matt Paterson, Alex MacDonald



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