Gillingham 2-1 Leeds
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals from Darren Byfield and Iwan Roberts lifted Gillingham over Leeds United.
If Leeds United were under any illusions about the size of the task they face in The Championship, they were shattered by a fine performance from Gillingham at The Priestfield Stadium.
Kevin Blackwell's side may have started with a win over Derby on Saturday, but they were only sporadically involved in this contest as an attacking force as they were pegged back by The Gills.
Andy Hessenthaler's hard-working side were full value for the three points, given to them by first goals for the club for summer signings Darren Byfield and Iwan Roberts.
Byfield struck first after only four minutes, although his 20 yard shot needed a wicked deflection to beat Leeds keeper Neil Sullivan.
Julian Joachim drifted a header wide as Leeds tried to hit back, while Sullivan was forced to make a smart save with his feet from Patrick Agyemang's low drive.
Byfield almost scored a second when he spotted Sullivan off his line and lifted a shot onto the top of the crossbar from 30 yards.
Barry Ashby then came to the rescue for the home side when he headed Joachim's close range effort off the line after Steve Banks had pushed away Matt Kilgallon's fierce shot.
Then just on the stroke of half time, Gillingham added a second when Agyemang pulled the ball back from the by-line and Roberts turned a low shot beyond Sullivan.
There was still time for Michael Ricketts to dip a shot just over the crossbar before the break and shortly after half time Kilgallon's header was cleared by Danny Spiller.
Gillingham could have extended their lead when Paul Smith's rasping volley deflected wide off Michael Duberry and from the resulting corner, Roberts somehow failed to score when he scuffed his shot from six yards.
Joachim fired a half volley just wide as Leeds counter-attacked, before Danny Pugh gave them a potential lifeline when he turned in Steve Guppy's low cross.
But an equaliser never looked on the cards, and Leeds will have to get used to thorough examinations such as this.