Two objectives in 4 first-half minutes from Vadaine Oliver and Jacob Mellis set Gillingham heading in the right direction for a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Oxford United.
Summer signing Oliver opened the scoring after 18 minutes when he met Jordan Graham’s deep cross and headed in off the within of the put up.
After his first shot fortuitously deflected again to him, Mellis then doubled the Gills’ benefit with a spectacular half-volley from 20 yards. It was the previous Chelsea trainee’s first purpose since April 2019.
Oxford ended the half strongly as Gills goalkeeper Jack Bonham denied Josh Ruffels with a wonderful point-blank save and Cameron Brannagan in some way missed an open purpose after latching on to Anthony’s Forde’s supply throughout the face of purpose.
Karl Robinson’s aspect bought the purpose they deserved simply three minutes after the break when Dan Agyei capitalised on hesitant Gillingham defending to poke the ball previous Bonham.
An unmarked Matty Taylor squandered the U’s’ greatest likelihood to equalise when he headed Forde’s free-kick into the bottom earlier than former Oxford loanee Graham sealed the win with a close-range volley 20 minutes from time after good play from Ryan Jackson.