Gills tumble at first hurdle in Extra Preliminary shock
GILLINGHAM Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after being shocked by Toolstation Western League First Division side Corsham Town.
With Premier Division Gill passing Corsham on their way down 12 months ago, the Extra Preliminary Round was the first meeting between the two sides.
From the first whistle, Adrian Foster's side looked below par in the face of buoyant opposition. Jack Vallis saw a weak early header cleared off the line before Corsham threatened at the other end but missed the target.
Gillingham broke the deadlock on 11 minutes. Ben Thomson raced clear of the defence to collect a long ball and rounded the advancing keeper to slot in the vacant net.
They had to wait until the 55th minute to engineer their next chance, Vallis heading over at a corner and Thomson then seeing his shot blocked when clean through.
The missed chances returned to haunt Gillingham when Vallis tripped an attacker in the area and Corsham netting from the spot despite a hand from Jamie Beale.
On 72 minutes a Corsham man met a ball into the area, his header looping over Beale and the line. Victory was sealed in the 89th minute when Gillingham were exposed at the back, before Harry Baker notched a late consolation.