Gillingham 1-1 Oxford: Conor Wilkinson hits late equaliser for home side
Last Updated: 26/12/17 5:40pm
Conor Wilkinson's late equaliser earned Gillingham a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Oxford at Priestfield.
Oxford looked on course to respond to Saturday's 7-0 home thrashing at the hands of league leaders Wigan in style when Ricardinho put them ahead in the 52nd minute with a deflected effort from the edge of the box.
However, substitute Wilkinson equalised three minutes from time, firing home from close range after the U's defence had failed to clear a corner.
The former Bolton striker almost won the game for the hosts in the 90th minute but saw his powerful half-volley from the edge of the area go narrowly over.
United were left to rue missed chances, most notably when Gills goalkeeper Tomas Holy saved Wes Thomas' 78th-minute lob. Striker Jon Obika had earlier given the Czech keeper a scare when he chased down his attempted clearance, but the ball rebounded wide.
Jake Hessenthaler's cross-shot was tipped over by Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, and Josh Parker's low drive at the end of a good Gillingham break was deflected off target by visiting defender Canice Carroll.