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Monday, 9 December, 2002, 10:38 GMT
Bradford 1-3 Gillingham

Marlon King's second-half brace helped secure Gillingham's first win in eight matches and condemn Bradford to their seventh straight defeat.

A goal by Andy Gray just before half-time had given Bradford the lead when the midfielder was on hand to steer the ball home from close range.

But King levelled from the penalty spot and grabbed a second in the 74th minute before Rod Wallace wrapped up the scoring deep into injury-time.

Gillingham's Paul Shaw and Bradford midfielder Jamie Lawrence both wasted early chances.

Gills goalkeeper Jason Brown was tested for the first time when Simon Francis tried his luck from 30 yards, while his opposite number Aidan Davison did well to deny Shaw from close range.

The visitors began to dominate as the half went on but Andy Hessenthaler and Mamady Sidibe both headed wide and they paid the price just before the interval.

Lewis Emanuel sprinted down the left wing and his cross was met at the far post by Gray who toe-poked home his sixth goal of the season.

Bradford were clearly lifted by their opener and began the second half brightly.

On-loan Bolton striker Delroy Facey forced Brown to save with his feet with a shot from just outside the area, while Gray shot wide as he looked to double his tally.

But their lead was cancelled out in the 56th minute in controversial circumstances.

Miserable afternoon

Bradford defender Robert Molenaar clashed with Sidibe six yards out and was harshly adjudged to have fouled the striker, with the referee pointing to the spot.

Both players needed treatment and King had to wait three minutes before taking the penalty, but he kept his cool to send Davison the wrong way.

King fired the Gills in front when he unleashed a spectacular 25-yard curler into the bottom corner.

Bradford pressed forward in search of an equaliser but created little in the way of clear-cut chances and Wallace killed them off with a third goal in the eighth minute of injury-time.

The former Leeds striker had replaced King as an 86th minute substitute and curled a right-foot shot past Davison to complete a miserable afternoon for Bradford.


Bradford: Davison, Francis, Myers, Molenaar, Jacobs, Jorgensen, Lawrence, Atherton, Emanuel, Facey, Gray. Subs: Myhill, Standing, Bower, Danks, Wetherall.

Gillingham: Brown, Nosworthy, Leon Johnson, Hope, Edge, Smith, Hessenthaler, Saunders, Shaw, King, Sidibe. Subs: Bartram, Ipoua, Wallace, James, Southall.

Referee: M Ryan (Lancashire).


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