Former Northern Ireland youth international midfielder Adam Miller scored his first goal since the opening day of the season to help Gillingham secure a crucial point in a 2-2 draw at home to the MK Dons at the weekend.
Hemel Hempstead-born Miller, whose grandfather is from Portadown, admits he is enjoying his football again after struggling to hold down a first team place at the Priestfield Stadium.
“It’s my first goal since August,” he said, “and it was great to finally find the net after so long.
“I was failing to get a regular run out in the team in the early part of the campaign so the manager loaned me out to Dagenham.
“I had six weeks there and it gave me a new lease of life playing regularly. Since my return to Gillingham I have managed to force my way into the first team again and I am now starting to play with real confidence.”
Also in the Gillingham side was another former Northern Ireland under-age international, goalkeeper Alan Julian.
Still in League One former Larne midfielder Jeff Hughes took his tally for the campaign to 12 after grabbing a brace as Bristol Rovers beat Southend United 4-3 at the Memorial Stadium.
The only other Northern Ireland player to hit the target over the weekend was Barnet’s Mark Hughes, whose goal earned the Bees a draw with Burton Albion.