Bantams leave it late: Match Review

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A stoppage-time goal from defender Steve Williams earned League Two strugglers Bradford City only their second win of the season and ended a run of four matches without a victory as they beat Gillingham 1-0.

The game had moved into the second minute of added time when left-back Luke O'Brien's free-kick was cleared into the path of Tommy Doherty on the right-hand touchline and when the midfield player returned it into the goalmouth, Williams outjumped Gillingham keeper Lance Cronin to head the ball into the net.

Bradford did not have their first effort on target until the 61st minute, but former England and Aston Villa midfield player Lee Hendrie, who has joined the Bantams on a short-term contract, inspired a second-half improvement when he came on as a half-time substitute.

However the Gillingham defence appeared to be coping with everything the home side could throw at them until Williams' dramatic late winner.

After a bright start by Bradford, Gillingham took control of the game up to half-time, but, like the home side, they created few chances and their best effort fell to substitute Stanley Aborah seven minutes from the end, but he headed straight at keeper Jon McLaughlin.

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