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Bradford City 1-1 Gillingham

Relegated Bradford ended a run of seven successive defeats with a draw at home to Gillingham, who all-but secured League One safety with their hard-earned point.

The Gills pulled to six points clear of the relegation zone with two matches to play.

Bottom club Bradford went in front after 10 minutes with a close-range header from right-back Kelvin Mellor, returning to the side after missing the last seven matches through injury.

Billy Clarke's in-swinging free kick from the right caused problems for the visitors' defence and Mellor seized his chance to plant a firm header past keeper Tomas Holy.

However, Gillingham equalised in the 53rd minute when Bantams keeper Ben Wilson failed to hold substitute Bradley Garmston's cross and Brandon Hanlon squeezed the ball into the net.

After that, Gillingham came closest to grabbing the winner when Regan Charles-Cook saw his shot from the edge of the penalty area hit the crossbar.

Bradford enjoyed plenty of possession, but rarely troubled Holy although Sean Scannell was denied by a block from Connor Ogilvie.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 13Wilson
  • 15Mellor
  • 6O'Connor
  • 5O'Connor
  • 23WoodSubstituted forWoodsat 76'minutes
  • 18Anderson
  • 44Wright
  • 39O'Brien
  • 17ClarkeBooked at 61minsSubstituted forButterfieldat 80'minutes
  • 7Scannell
  • 12MillerSubstituted forDoyleat 76'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 9Doyle
  • 10Payne
  • 16Butterfield
  • 24Devine
  • 25Woods
  • 38Caddis

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 12FullerSubstituted forGarmstonat 40'minutes
  • 17Da Silva LopesSubstituted forReesat 65'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 14CampbellSubstituted forEavesat 83'minutes
  • 7Hanlan
  • 15List

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 4Lacey
  • 9Eaves
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21King
  • 24Rees
  • 30Hadler
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
15,686

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 1, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 1, Gillingham 1.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Rees (Gillingham).

Booking

Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Bradford City).

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Jermaine Anderson (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Tom Eaves replaces Tahvon Campbell.

Paudie O'Connor (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jacob Butterfield replaces Billy Clarke.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City).

Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Anthony O'Connor (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Luke O'Neill.

Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Eoin Doyle replaces George Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Calum Woods replaces Connor Wood.

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Tahvon Campbell (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Luke O'Neill.

Lewis O'Brien (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Connor Wood (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Rees (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Rees replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Billy Clarke (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Billy Clarke (Bradford City).

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Luton432612584374790
2Barnsley442513677364188
3Portsmouth432511779463386
4Sunderland432218377423584
5Charlton4424101067402782
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough431812136556966
8Coventry441810165351264
9Blackpool441517124947262
10Burton4416121663531060
11Oxford Utd441514155559-459
12Fleetwood431512165650657
13Gillingham441410205870-1252
14Rochdale44149215383-3051
15Bristol Rovers441214184549-450
16Shrewsbury441214185058-850
17Wycombe441311205365-1250
18Accrington431212194364-2148
19Southend44138235366-1347
20Plymouth441211215273-2147
21Scunthorpe441210224977-2846
22Wimbledon43129223860-2245
23Walsall441110234671-2543
24Bradford44107274675-2937
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