Half-time: Gillingham 3 Bristol Rovers 0
Bristol Rovers will have to overcome a three-goal deficit if they are to end their winless start to the season at Gilingham this afternoon.
Rovers' bid to claim their first victory of the campaign started badly at Priestfield when, with only four minutes on the clock, they were a goal behind after conceding a penalty.
Slack defending allowed striker Danny Kedwell to stroll in behind the Rovers' back four to latch on to a Deon Burton header before he was bundled to the floor as defender Tom Parkes attempted to make up lost ground.
Kedwell smashed the ball high into the net and was celebrating a second goal of the afternoon just over 10 minutes later when his near post header from a long throw looped over goalkeeper Sam Walker's head and somehow into the net from what looked like a tight angle.
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Charlie Lee added goal number three with a diving header to convert a Charlie Allen corner on the stroke of half-time to put Martin Allen's table-toppers well on their way to extending their unbeaten start to the League Two campaign.
Rovers for their part have yet to trouble Stuart Nelson in the Gillingham goal and will be minus the services of Matt Harrold for the remainder of the game after the striker limped off following an awkward fall to be replaced by Fabian Broghammer in the 34th minute.
McGhee had been forced to make one change to the side that claimed a draw with Aldershot at the Memorial Stadium last weekend.
Right-back Michael Smith returned to the starting line-up to compensate for the loss of Cian Bolger through injury – meaning Adam Virgo, who had played at right-back in the last two games, shuffled across to play at centre-back.
Rovers (4-4-2): Walker; Smith, Virgo, Parkes, Paterson; Richards, W Brown, Gill, L Brown; Harrold (Broghammer, 34), Clarkson. Subs: Gough, Norburn, Anyinsah, Clarke, Clucas, Young.
Gillingham (4-1-3-2): Nelson; Fish, Davies, Barrett, Martin; Payne; Wright, Allen, Lee; Kedwell, Burton. Subs: Flanagan, Whelpdale, Strevens, Frampton, Montrose, Forecast, Weston.