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The BBC's Alan Biggs
"Second division beat Premiership and deservedly so"
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Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 23:08 GMT
Gills shock Bradford

Southall and Thomson Nicky Southall celebrates with Gills goalscorer Andy Thomson


Gillingham 3-1 Bradford

Second division Gillingham provided this season's FA Cup with another shock by beating Premiership strugglers Bradford City.

Gillingham now face a fifth round home clash against the winners of the Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves replay.


Match facts
39: Thomson puts Gillingham 1-0 up
54: Ashby doubles the lead
77: Saunders gives Bradford some hope
78: Hodge seals a shock win
The Kent side stormed into a 2-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Andy Thomson and Barry Ashby.

Bradford striker Dean Saunders gave the West Yorkshire side hope in the 77th minute, but a minute later, Gillingham restored their two-goal advantage through a John Hodge effort.

Saunders fluffs lines

Paul Jewell's side should have taken the lead as early as the first minute when Welshman Saunders went close and then had an appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Dermot Gallacher.


Hessenthaler and Redfearn Andy Hessenthaler (left) escapes from Bradford's Neil Redfearn
Bradford's young defender Ashley Westwood was guilty for giving Gillingham their first goal by failing to guide the ball back to his keeper Matt Clarke.

Thomson seized upon the loose ball and clipped his effort over the head of the stranded Clarke.

Saunders missed yet another golden chance after the half-time interval, when he headed agonisingly over the bar from a Peter Beagrie corner.

Double top

After a frantic period of play which saw the Gills hit the bar from a Andy Hessenthaler effort, the Kent outfit got their due reward when y Ashby powered home a header from Hodge's corner.

Fortune finally favoured Saunders when he pulled one back for the Bantams with a low effort.

But just over a minute later provider turned goalscorer, when Hodge hit a shot which deflected past Clarke.

Gillingham now join the other nine non-Premiership sides still left in the FA Cup.

Teams:

Gillingham: Bartram, Southall, Ashby, Bryant, Butters, Edge, Hessenthaler, Smith, Lewis, Hodge, Thomson. Subs: Mitten, Nosworthy, McGlinchey, Butler, Browning.

Bradford: Clarke, Halle, O'Brien, Westwood, Sharpe, Blake, Redfearn, Windass, Beagrie, Mills, Saunders. Subs: McCall, Dreyer, Rankin, Lawrence, Taylor.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)

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