Gateshead's seven-game unbeaten run came to an end with defeat at struggling Braintree Town.

Sean Marks opened the scoring for the home side when his 25-yard strike found the top right corner of the net.

Promotion-chasing Gateshead levelled matters when Ryan Donaldson headed home a Josh Gillies cross.

Braintree though were rewarded for a bright start to the second half when Dean Wells turned in a Daniel Sparkes corner securing all three points.

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Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"It was a hundred times better but I expected it anyway. We moan sometimes about playing Saturday-Tuesday but the one thing it does is keep the sharpness and fitness up and the full-time, part-time gap is smaller then.

"When you are not playing for two and a half weeks it does hurt us. It was a poor performance on Tuesday (at Lincoln), no excuses for it, but I knew we would be better today, luckily I was proved right."

"They did what we asked and I'm delighted for them.

"This has given them a nice little boost for Tuesday (against Tranmere in the FA Cup). We've got nothing to lose and we can have a go and enjoy the occasion."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 19 Wells Booked
  • 06 Quinton
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes (Habergham - 71' )
  • 17 Mulley
  • 09 Marks
  • 14 Sheppard (Holman - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 07 Symons
  • 12 Daley
  • 20 Holman

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magney
  • 03 Boyle (Bush - 78' )
  • 05 Curtis Booked
  • 06 Clark
  • 07 Gillies
  • 08 Turnbull (Odubade - 77' )
  • 11 Cummins (Brown - 58' )
  • 18 Donaldson
  • 32 Bullock
  • 09 Hatch Booked

Substitutes

  • 19 Nixon
  • 16 Bush
  • 10 Odubade
  • 12 Fisher
  • 14 Brown
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 678

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

10 5

Corners

8 4

Fouls

15 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:06

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Gillies from the right by-line, Dean Wells makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:46

Carl Magnay takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Paine.

90:00 +3:16

Sean Marks gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

90:00 +2:06

The offside flag is raised against Dan Holman. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

90:00 +1:28

Unfair challenge on Lee Bullock by Kenny Davis results in a free kick. Adam Bartlett takes the direct free kick.

89:58

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Josh Gillies from left channel, Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

89:58 Booking

Booking Liam Hatch is shown a yellow card for dissent.

89:42 Booking

Booking Dean Wells receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

89:06

Unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Dean Wells results in a free kick.

87:25

The ball is delivered by Carl Magnay.

85:27

Dan Holman takes a shot. James Curtis gets a block in. Effort on goal by Kenny Davis from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

84:21

The ball is crossed by Sam Habergham, James Curtis manages to make a clearance.

83:38

Centre by Josh Gillies.

81:32

Brad Quinton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Adam Bartlett.

81:32 Booking

Booking James Curtis is shown a yellow card for dissent.

81:22

James Curtis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Mulley.

79:37 Substitution

Substitution (Braintree Town) makes a substitution, with Dan Holman coming on for Kaine Sheppard.

77:50

James Mulley challenges Lee Bullock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bullock.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Chris Bush comes on in place of Patrick Boyle.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution (Gateshead) makes a substitution, with Yemi Odubade coming on for Phil Turnbull.

76:14

Shot from long distance by Dean Wells misses to the right of the goal.

75:16

Pat O'Connor delivers the ball, Sean Marks takes a shot. James Curtis gets a block in.

74:29

Brad Quinton takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, James Curtis makes a clearance.

73:56

The official flags Kaine Sheppard offside. Carl Magnay restarts play with the free kick.

72:53

Brad Quinton delivers the ball, Dean Wells takes a shot. Adam Bartlett makes a save.

72:06

Corner taken by Brad Quinton from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Adam Bartlett.

70:25

Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

70:25 Substitution

Substitution Sam Habergham on for Daniel Sparkes.

70:25

Foul by Liam Hatch on Dean Wells, free kick awarded.

69:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bullock by James Mulley. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

68:09

A cross is delivered by Pat O'Connor.

66:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Massey on Josh Gillies. Carl Magnay restarts play with the free kick.

64:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Brown by James Mulley. Shot comes in from Josh Gillies from the free kick.

63:20

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

61:44

Shot by Ben Clark missed to the right of the target.

60:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bullock by James Mulley. Direct free kick taken by Ben Clark.

58:34

Josh Gillies takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

57:50 Substitution

Substitution James Brown replaces Micky Cummins.

57:22

Patrick Boyle produces a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

57:13

Centre by Carl Magnay.

56:31

James Mulley sends in a cross, Kaine Sheppard takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

55:47

Effort from just outside the area by Lee Bullock goes over the bar.

54:34

Assist by Daniel Sparkes.

54:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Wells - Braintree 2 - 1 Gateshead Dean Wells scores a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Braintree Town 2-1 Gateshead.

54:05

The ball is swung over by James Mulley, blocked by Ben Clark. Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line played to the near post,

53:01

Brad Quinton takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

51:56

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Hatch. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

50:48

James Mulley delivers the ball, Daniel Sparkes takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bartlett.

49:17

The ball is swung over by Patrick Boyle, clearance made by Alan Massey.

49:06

The ball is delivered by Liam Hatch, clearance made by Dean Wells.

48:30

Brad Quinton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch. Free kick crossed right-footed by Josh Gillies, clearance made by Kaine Sheppard.

47:44

James Mulley delivers the ball, Sean Marks produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:26

Shot from deep inside the area by Ryan Donaldson clears the bar.

41:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Marks on James Curtis. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

41:13

Lee Bullock takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a save.

39:49

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Blocked by Brad Quinton. Short corner taken by Josh Gillies from the left by-line, Josh Gillies takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Marks. Corner taken right-footed by Josh Gillies to the near post, clearance by Alan Massey.

33:54

Sean Marks challenges Ben Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Clark.

31:08

The ball is crossed by Pat O'Connor, save by Adam Bartlett.

28:56

Josh Gillies provided the assist for the goal.

28:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Donaldson - Braintree 1 - 1 Gateshead Ryan Donaldson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Braintree Town 1-1 Gateshead.

27:46

The ball is delivered by James Mulley, Kenny Davis takes a shot. Adam Bartlett makes a save. Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Clark. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

23:47

Carl Magnay produces a cross, clearance by Dean Wells.

22:00

Handball by Josh Gillies. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells.

20:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Mulley on Ryan Donaldson. Direct free kick taken by Ben Clark.

20:32

The ball is delivered by Daniel Sparkes, Micky Cummins manages to make a clearance.

20:13

The ball is sent over by Josh Gillies, clearance by Dean Wells.

18:42

Josh Gillies produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

17:22

Unfair challenge on Kaine Sheppard by Lee Bullock results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

16:48

Liam Hatch has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

15:00

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, James Curtis fouled by Dean Wells, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Clark takes the free kick.

13:12

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Sparkes misses to the left of the target.

12:29

Sean Marks challenges James Curtis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

11:46

The ball is sent over by Daniel Sparkes, Sean Marks produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:34

A cross is delivered by Brad Quinton, clearance by Liam Hatch.

10:57

The ball is sent over by Daniel Sparkes, Liam Hatch gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Brad Quinton from the left by-line to the near post, Liam Hatch manages to make a clearance.

10:09

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, clearance by Ben Clark. Daniel Sparkes takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Sean Marks takes a shot.

9:46

Centre by Josh Gillies, Dean Wells gets a block in.

5:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Braintree 1 - 0 Gateshead Sean Marks gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 1-0 Gateshead.

4:49

Foul by Lee Bullock on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

3:20

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, Sean Marks produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

3:02

Daniel Sparkes takes a short corner, clearance by Josh Gillies.

1:03

Kenny Davis is ruled offside. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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