Head2Head & Early Team News-Gillingham (A)

Last updated : 26 January 2006 By Deano
We've said it a million times before here at Mad, but a win really is a must for the Millers on Saturday as a four point gap has opened up between the teams hovering just above the drop zone.

The omens aren't too clever for Rotherham though, with a less than impressive record at Preistfield. In the 21 games held in Kent, the Millers have won just three. You have to go back to May 1988 for the sides last win at the hosts, a 2-0 success. Last season we were humbled 3-1, with Paolo Vernazza bagging that super 30 yard own goal on the half volley - we could do with one at the right end from someone this weekend. Earlier this season though the Millers could do no wrong and bagged an easy 3-0 win with Martin Butler sealing it in injury time.

Goal shy Butler returns to the squad for Saturday after a bout of illness as boss Alan Knill has a full strength forward line to pick from. Jonathan Forte is back in contention but with Stephen Quinn and Paul Shaw both cementing places in the side and Will Hoskins on decent form, they may find they have to settle for warming the bench. Shaw will be looking to impress as he returns to his old stomping ground. Phil Gilchrist has returned to training and was expected to have a run out in yesterday's reserves defeat at Oldham, but the Millers fielded a young side and Gilchrist probably won't make the trip. Michael Keane is still suspended, Scott Minto has a virus but Andy Monkhouse will be included after making a recovery from his hamstring injury.

Gills boss Ronnie Jepson has ex-Miller Darren Byfield back after he missed last week's Oldham defeat through suspension. The Millers defence will have to keep a tight watch on Byfield who'll be out to prove a point against his old employers. Fellow teenage striker Matty Jarvis is out after a hernia operation and Paul Shields is a doubt after a thigh problem as the Gills look to climb further away from the Millers and open up a 10 point gap between the two sides. Jepson is expecting a tough battle and told the Gills official site: "Rotherham are again a physical side - I say that every week - and they hit the ball long into the channels. They've got a bit of experience, height and pace and it's something we'll have to cope with."

Obviously not seen too much of us this season then Ronnie!!

League One
Gillingham v Rotherham United
28 January 2006 Preistfield Ko 3pm
At Gillingham (21)At Rotherham U. (22)
Gillingham1257.14Rotherham U.1045.45
Rotherham U.314.29Gillingham522.73
Gillingham351.67Rotherham U.291.32
Rotherham U.170.81Gillingham180.82
On Neutral Ground (0)Overall (43 matches)
Rotherham U.00.00Rotherham U.1330.23
Rotherham U.00.00Rotherham U.461.07
Highest Aggregate6Gillingham 5 - 1Rotherham U.1991/1992
Highest Gillingham score:5Gillingham 5 - 1Rotherham U.1991/1992
Highest Rotherham U. score:3Rotherham U. 3 - 0Gillingham2005/2006
2005/2006Sat 10 SepRotherham U.3 - 0GillinghamLeague One
2004/2005Sat 05 MarRotherham U.1 - 3GillinghamChampionship
Sat 18 DecGillingham3 - 1Rotherham U.Championship
2003/2004Sat 20 MarGillingham2 - 0Rotherham U.League Division One
Sat 27 SepRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamLeague Division One
2002/2003Sat 15 MarGillingham1 - 1Rotherham U.League Division One
Sat 12 OctRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamLeague Division One
2001/2002Tue 26 FebRotherham U.3 - 2GillinghamLeague Division One
Sat 22 SepGillingham2 - 1Rotherham U.League Division One
1996/1997Tue 25 MarRotherham U.1 - 2GillinghamLeague Division Two
Sat 21 SepGillingham3 - 1Rotherham U.League Division Two
1991/1992Sat 15 FebGillingham5 - 1Rotherham U.Fourth Division
Sat 14 DecRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamFourth Division
1987/1988Mon 02 MayGillingham0 - 2Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 12 DecRotherham U.1 - 2GillinghamThird Division
1986/1987Tue 03 FebGillingham1 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 06 SepRotherham U.0 - 1GillinghamThird Division
1985/1986Fri 04 AprGillingham3 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
Wed 06 NovRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamThird Division
1984/1985Sat 13 AprRotherham U.1 - 0GillinghamThird Division
Sat 10 NovGillingham2 - 1Rotherham U.Third Division
1983/1984Sat 28 AprRotherham U.3 - 0GillinghamThird Division
Sat 26 NovGillingham4 - 2Rotherham U.Third Division
1980/1981Sat 03 JanGillingham0 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 18 OctRotherham U.2 - 0GillinghamThird Division
1979/1980Sat 26 AprGillingham0 - 1Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 08 DecRotherham U.2 - 1GillinghamThird Division
1978/1979Tue 27 MarRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamThird Division
Sat 19 AugGillingham0 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
1977/1978Sat 04 MarRotherham U.2 - 0GillinghamThird Division
Sat 08 OctGillingham2 - 1Rotherham U.Third Division
1976/1977Sat 07 MayRotherham U.1 - 0GillinghamThird Division
Sat 04 DecGillingham1 - 2Rotherham U.Third Division
1975/1976Tue 24 FebRotherham U.2 - 0GillinghamThird Division
Tue 23 SepGillingham0 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
1973/1974Wed 03 OctGillingham1 - 1Rotherham U.Fourth Division
Tue 18 SepRotherham U.1 - 1GillinghamFourth Division
1970/1971Sat 27 MarGillingham2 - 1Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 05 SepRotherham U.0 - 0GillinghamThird Division
1969/1970Sat 10 JanGillingham1 - 1Rotherham U.Third Division
Sat 20 SepRotherham U.0 - 1GillinghamThird Division
1968/1969Wed 09 OctGillingham2 - 0Rotherham U.Third Division
Tue 27 AugRotherham U.1 - 0GillinghamThird Division