Sean Marks' late header gave Braintree their third win in a row and consigned Gateshead to their fifth defeat in six.

The Iron opened the scoring when Dean Wells volleyed home Luke Daley's free-kick from close range.

In a frantic end to the game Gateshead drew level through Ben Everson's first goal for the club as he finished neatly from Jamie Chandler's centre.

The visitors were not to be denied though and a minute later Marks' close-range header sealed the points.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

Devonshire hails Braintree form

"I'm delighted for the boys, I felt we could have gone in (at half-time) a bit more than one up, we were quite comfortable.

"Second half they put us under a lot of pressure. They've scored, but we've showed a lot of character and got the winner straight back.

"Three wins in the bounce, from three difficult games, is fantastic. It was important that we came here and got a result after the last two games.

"If you'd have said to me three games ago we would win three on the bounce, I wouldn't have believed you."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magney
  • 03 Boyle (Cummins - 84' )
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark
  • 04 Chandler
  • 07 Gillies (Hatch - 64' )
  • 08 Turnbull Booked
  • 15 Marwood (Everson - 79' )
  • 18 Donaldson Booked
  • 14 Brown

Substitutes

  • 19 Nixon
  • 11 Cummins
  • 09 Hatch
  • 35 Everson
  • 36 McGorrigan

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 07 Symons
  • 08 Davis
  • 12 Daley (Sparkes - 90' )
  • 17 Mulley (Watts - 89' )
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman (Wickham - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 28 Watts
  • 32 Smith
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 31 Wickham
Ref: Toner
Att: 327

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

4 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:39 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:09

Carl Magnay challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Massey restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:31

Aaron Wickham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +0:58 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Daley.

88:04 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Watts on for James Mulley.

86:31 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wickham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dan Holman.

85:43

Assist by Luke Daley.

85:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Gateshead 1 - 2 Braintree Sean Marks grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Gateshead 1-2 Braintree Town.

84:37

Assist by Jamie Chandler.

84:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Everson - Gateshead 1 - 1 Braintree Ben Everson fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gateshead 1-1 Braintree Town.

83:37 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Boyle leaves the field to be replaced by Micky Cummins.

82:58

James Mulley concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Turnbull. Ryan Donaldson has an effort direct from the free kick.

82:44

A cross is delivered by Patrick Boyle, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

78:59 Substitution

Substitution Ben Everson replaces James Marwood.

78:08

Luke Daley takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Liam Hatch.

75:50

Foul by Patrick Boyle on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

74:10

Liam Hatch fouled by James Mulley, the ref awards a free kick. James Marwood restarts play with the free kick.

73:19

Dean Wells fouled by James Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

72:22

James Marwood decides to take the corner short.

69:44

Effort on goal by Liam Hatch from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

68:00

The referee penalises Sean Marks for handball. Free kick taken by Ben Clark.

66:00

Ryan Donaldson sends in a cross, save by Adam Bartlett.

65:32

Ryan Donaldson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Sean Marks.

64:53

Corner taken short by Luke Daley.

64:35

Shot by Dan Holman. Save by Adam Bartlett.

63:54

The ball is crossed by Ryan Donaldson.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Josh Gillies goes off and Liam Hatch comes on.

61:29

James Brown fouled by Dean Wells, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Gillies crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kenny Davis manages to make a clearance.

61:11

Alan Massey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Curtis. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

60:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Daley, James Curtis makes a clearance.

60:26

Luke Daley takes a shot. Adam Bartlett makes a save.

59:36

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Donaldson. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

58:15

Shot from 20 yards by Dan Holman. Adam Bartlett makes a save.

57:16

James Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells.

55:12

Foul by Kenny Davis on Jamie Chandler, free kick awarded. James Marwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Nicky Symons manages to make a clearance.

54:05

Shot by Kenny Davis. Ben Clark gets a block in.

52:11

Jamie Chandler fouled by James Mulley, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Magnay takes the direct free kick.

50:39

Sean Marks challenges James Curtis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Clark takes the free kick.

48:29

Foul by Josh Gillies on Ryan Peters, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kenny Davis from right wing, save made by Adam Bartlett.

47:55

Luke Daley fouled by Phil Turnbull, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

46:46

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Gillies from the left by-line, clearance by Alan Massey.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:48

Luke Daley takes the outswinging corner, Ryan Donaldson makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:35

James Mulley produces a cross, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.

42:09

Dean Wells fouled by Ryan Donaldson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

41:14 Booking

Booking Phil Turnbull goes into the referee's book.

38:28

Dean Wells fouled by Ryan Donaldson, the ref awards a free kick. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

37:56

A cross is delivered by Josh Gillies, clearance made by Dean Wells.

37:36

The referee blows for offside. Phil Turnbull takes the direct free kick.

36:51

Foul by Phil Turnbull on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

36:33

Josh Gillies takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

35:49

Ryan Donaldson has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

34:29

Foul by Ryan Donaldson on Ryan Peters, free kick awarded. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

31:35

James Marwood produces a cross, save made by Nathan McDonald.

29:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Brown by Dean Wells. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

29:08

James Mulley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

27:45

Carl Magnay sends in a cross.

24:38

The ball is swung over by Josh Gillies, Sam Habergham manages to make a clearance.

24:24

A cross is delivered by Josh Gillies, clearance made by Dean Wells.

23:23

Corner taken by Josh Gillies, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

22:45

The ball is sent over by Carl Magnay, Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Nathan McDonald makes a save.

21:11

The ball is sent over by James Marwood.

20:50

The official flags Dan Holman offside. James Curtis takes the free kick.

19:54

Dan Holman is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

19:07

Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

19:07 Booking

Booking Ryan Donaldson booked.

18:57

Kenny Davis fouled by Ryan Donaldson, the ref awards a free kick.

18:17

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

17:31

Close range shot by Dan Holman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:35

Luke Daley has a drilled shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

12:32

The ball is delivered by James Mulley, clearance made by James Curtis.

10:59

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Daley from the right by-line played to the near post.

9:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Wells - Gateshead 0 - 1 Braintree Dean Wells finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gateshead 0-1 Braintree Town.

8:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Boyle on Sean Marks. Centre by Luke Daley,

7:40

Josh Gillies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

7:08

James Marwood fouled by Nicky Symons, the ref awards a free kick. James Curtis takes the free kick.

4:15

Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the right by-line to the near post, Carl Magnay takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

3:12

James Curtis fouled by Dan Holman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

2:16

Dean Wells fouled by James Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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