Blues’ woes continued as Connor Ogilvie’s powerful header midway through the second half earned Gillingham a 1-0 win at Roots Hall.
After a tight first 45 minutes of few chances, Ogilvie got on the end of a wicked cross from Jordan Graham to power home his header from a matter of yards out.
That was enough to win it for Gillingham in miserable conditions in Essex, allowing the visitors to extend their unbeaten league run to 14-matches and continue their late play-off push.
But there can be no faulting the effort and endeavour shown by a young Blues side who battled valiantly and had a great chance to nick a point late on as Matt Rush got goal side only to fire wide.
Ogilvie’s goal though meant it was a fourth defeat in a row for Blues, leaving them 14-points adrift of safety with 12 matches remaining, starting with Saturday’s visit of Burton Albion.