Filed: Wednesday, 29th February 2012
By: Staff Writer
Olly Lee was part of an amazing turnaround as his Gillingham side scored three times in the final nine minutes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The Academy graduate and son of former Hammer Rob Lee, currently on loan with the League Two outfit came on as a 77th-minute substitute against Hereford at Priestfield last night with the Gills 3-2 behind.
When Will Evans added a fourth for the Bulls three minutes later, the game looked like ending in a certain defeat for the home side.
However Gillingham had other ideas, and a brace from Charlie Lee (81, 88 minutes - no relation) levelled the scored before Gavin Tomlin grabbed an unlikely winner in the 90th minute to delight the vast majority of the 3,784 crowd - not to mention Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler who subsequently declared himself 'speechless'.
Elsewhere Freddie Sears failed to break his duck for Colchester, with whom the 22-year-old striker is on loan for the next month.
Sears made a third successive start for the Us but failed to get on the score sheet once again as Colchester secured a point at Oldham with a 1-1 draw. The young Hammer had a disappointing night and was replaced just 12 minutes into the second half by fellow forward Kayode Odejayi, who joined the Essex club on a free transfer last month.
Of the other young Hammers on loan, Callum Driver's Burton were beaten 2-0 by League Two title-chasers Swindon Town - managed by Paolo Di Canio - at the County Ground. The former Dulwich Hamlet defender played a full 90 minutes for Albion, who were beaten by two goals within five second-half minutes.
Meanwhile goalkeeper Peter Kurucz - one of two young Hammers currently on loan at Rochdale - failed to prevent his side slipping to defeat at home to League One play-off contenders Notts County.
County - for whom another Hammer, Cristian Montano was an unused substitute - won 1-0 at Spotland despite ending the game with only ten men following the 89th-minute dismissal of Lee Hughes.
Dale are now just one place off the bottom of the division, three points from safety.
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