Gateshead Reserves 1-2 Bradford City Reserves

11/10/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Kyle NixKyle Nix scored against his former club but it wasn't enough to prevent visitors Bradford City from claiming a third straight Central League win.

The Bantams put out a side with plenty of Football League experience and will wonder how they only achieved a single goal margin of victory.

That they didn't was down, once again, to the heroics of on loan Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and the woodwork.

Alnwick made a string of impressive saves, including one from a late Jack Compton penalty.

Gateshead included eight professionals in their starting X1 but they were under the cosh for the opening 20 minutes.

Michael Ryan curled an angled shot from the right side of the box against the bar after only two minutes.

Adam Baker was then left with only Alnwick to beat five minutes later but shot wide, and then Ewan Moyes headed just past his own goal from Chris Mitchell's cross.

Alnwick was at full stretch to tip a Luke O'Brien shot past the post as the one-way traffic continued.

Central defender Steve Williams then saw his close range header from Mitchell's corner bliocked on the line by an over-worked Alnwick.

The Heed managed to weather the storm and when Gary Mulligan fed Nathan Fisher the former Gretna man blazed over the bar.

Mulligan then played in Martin Brittain on the right but the winger's tame shot was easily saved by Jon McLaughlin in the Bantams goal.

Fisher then found Nix whose curling shot from the edge of the box had to be tipped around the post by former team-mate McLaughlin.

Gateshead had finished the half strongly but they found themselves two down before the hour.

Bryan threaded a ball through to strker Nialle Rodney whose shot hit the advancing Alnwick but still found the net.

The Tynesiders response was immediate as they created two one-on-ones inside two minutes, but failed to take either.

A great ball from Nix sent captain Rob Briggs, now playing in a more familiar midfield role, in on goal, but McLaughlin saved.

Mulligan then sent Fisher racing clear from near halfway. The striker elected to dink the ball over the keeper but didn't get enough on the chip and McLaughlin saved easily.

The misses were punished when Sam Rents and Johnny Evans both stood off to allow Baker to find the far corner from the edge of the box with a good finish.

Baker was then left with only Alnwick to beat but the young Magpie made a superb block and the Heed were back in it on 69 minutes.

McLaughlin flapped at a Brittain corner and Nix did well to hook the ball into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

A Moyes push on Baker eight minutes from time then gave League Two strugglers Bradford City the chance to make the win more emphatic.

Alnwick, however, threw himself to his left to save Compton's spot kick to cap another Man of the Match performance.


Gateshead Res: Alnwick, Briggs, Rents, Evans (Berj 70), Moyes, Lay, Brittain, Nix (Marshall 77), Mulligan, Fisher, Taggart (Danquah 46)
Subs (not used): Deasy (gk), Short.

Goal: Nix (69)


Bradford City Res: McLaughlin, Burns, O'Brien, Mitchell, Williams, Seip (McGivern 77), Bryan, Brown (Nanjie 83), Rodney, Baker (Bower 83), Compton
Subs (not used):
Tongue, Lawless

Goals: Rodney (52), Baker (58)


Referee: Martin Coy (Durham)


Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher


Gary Mulligan

Gary Mulligan


Jak Alnwick

Jak Alnwick


Sam Rents

Sam Rents. Photos by Michael Riddle.