Nationwide League Review

Crystal Palace's hopes of going to the top of the Nationwide League were thwarted by a barnstorming performance from Gillingham, who beat the Eagles 3-0 at Priestfield last night.

Crystal Palace's hopes of going to the top of the Nationwide League were thwarted by a barnstorming performance from Gillingham, who beat the Eagles 3-0 at Priestfield last night.

Cameroon striker Guy Ipoua slammed in the first goal after nine minutes, Iffy Onuora added a second 11 minutes later and Ipoua notched his second of the night - and sixth so far this season - as Andy Hessenthaler's men unsettled Palace with their direct approach.

Brighton moved to the top of Division Two despite being held 1-1 by Peterborough at the Withdean Stadium.

Bobby Zamora's 12th-minute penalty put the Seagulls ahead, but Posh responded swiftly and pulled level in the 21st minute through Leon McKenzie. QPR put aside their financial problems for the evening to tear Swindon apart and earn a 4-0 win at Loftus Road.

They were helped by two goals inside the first eight minutes, Ebeli Mbombo Doudou and then Oliver Burgess scoring early goals for the Rs.

Kevin Gallen, on his first game for Rangers since returning to the club after spells with Huddersfield and Barnsley, added a third in the 37th minute and the rout was sealed when Andy Thomson struck the fourth in the second half.

The night's other match in Division Two, between third-placed Stoke and Oldham, ended goalless at the Britannia Stadium.

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