Rochdale 3-0 Gillingham: Ian Henderson hits hat-trick for Dale
Last Updated: 15/09/18 7:45pm
Ian Henderson's hat-trick gave Rochdale their first home win of the League One season as they beat Gillingham 3-0.
Dale had lost their opening three games at the Crown Oil Arena but ended that run by inflicting a fifth defeat in the last six league games for the Gills.
The home side opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Henderson collected a loose ball in the area and slipped a neat finish beneath Tomas Holy.
Dale doubled their advantage in the 18th minute when Henderson made the most of Matty Gillam's pass to fire home.
Tom Eaves wasted the visitors' best chance of the half when he met Mark Byrne's cross unchallenged only to guide a header wide.
Either side of the interval both Ryan Delaney and Henderson had the ball in the net only to see their efforts ruled out for fouls, while Eaves almost made up for his earlier miss with a stunning 25-yard shot against the crossbar.
Henderson's third came in the 64th minute when he brilliantly volleyed home Aaron Wilbraham's cross.