Hat-trick of Josh Wright penalties earns Gillingham ‘special’ win over League One promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe

PUBLISHED: 10:42 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 13 March 2017

Gillingham's Josh Wright

Gillingham's Josh Wright

Ady Kerry

The Gills’ three goals all came within nine minutes late in the second half at Priestfield

Gillingham claimed a sensational three points on Saturday at Priestfield after coming from two goals down to beat League One promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe United.

Midfielder Josh Wright claimed a quite incredible nine-minute hat-trick late on - all from the penalty spot - to move the Gills further clear of the relegation zone.

The hosts fell behind to goals from Paddy Madden and Harry Toffolo, but a late fightback ensured a dramatic victory in one of the most memorable games of the season.

“It was pretty special,” head coach Ady Pennock said afterwards.

“I thought we started the game really slow and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded.

“We went 2-0 down and I thought [Scunthorpe] thoroughly deserved it, but then we showed the character that we have here.

““When we were 2-0 down I said one goal will change it, and it did.

“I don’t think I’ve been involved in a game that has had three penalties before and I give Josh Wright a lot of credit.

“To take those three penalties the way he did was first class.”

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