Gateshead 2-2 Braintree Town

15/01/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Jamie ChandlerTwo goals in injury time brought a largely mundane cup-tie to life, Gateshead ultimately suffering last gasp heartbreak.

The game looked set to finish 1-1 when Jamie Chandler, signed from Darlington the day before, forced home what should have been the winner.

Chandler's close range tap-in came in the first of two minutes of extra-time but the Iron still had time to force a replay in Essex on Tuesday.

As Gateshead switched off Aswad Thomas swung in a ball from the left that saw unmarked captain Kenny Davis head superbly into the far corner from 12 yards.

It was an explosive end to a disappointing tie on a cold day on Tyneside with the pitch very firm.

Three of the four goals were indicative of a scrappy game which Gateshead dominated in terms of possession.

The Tynesiders, however, were unable to get anywhere near the heights of Tuesday's impressive win over Kidderminster.

The opening goal on 15 minutes was a fortuitous one as Jon Shaw looked to be offside and then had a huge slice of good fortune.

His close range shot was blocked by Nathan McDonald only for the ball to ricochet over the line off Shaw's legs.

Craig Baxter, played in by Chris Moore, shot just past the angle from inside the box and then Josh Gillies got behind the Town defence.

The young winger's pull back from the byline was cleared by Matt Paine straight to Sam Rents whose goalbound shot was superbly blocked by Paine.

Braintree's first effort at goal came ten minutes from the interval and manager Alan Devonshire made a double substitution reverting to a 4-4-2 formation.

Phil Turnbull struck a 25-yard shot over the bar and a Yemi Odubade shot on the turn was comfortably saved by McDonald.

Odubade then put in strike partner Shaw whose shot was saved at the second attempt.

Braintree were level three minutes from half-time when Sean Marks dragged the ball past Tim Deasy from near the byline and sub Jai Reason scored from close range.

Micky Cummins' near post flick from Gillies cross was held by McDonald after the break and Adam Bailey-Dennis volleyed over after Deasy had flapped at Ben Wright cross.

Gillies' ball into Shaw near half way saw the front man's flick send Odubade racing clear but, under pressure from Dean Wells, the former Oxford man shot well wide.

Cummins headed over from a Rents free kick before Shaw had to limp off due to a recurrence of a groin injury.

A low key tie continued to meander along though sub James Marwood found Odubade whose angled shot flew wide of the far post.

Braintree had created little but a slide rule pass from Paine saw Davis twist and turn in the box but his shot was dealt with by Deasy.

Odubade's headed flick on to a cross from the right gave Cummins a chance but the midfielder failed to react, Chandler's follow up blocked.

Thomas blazed over from 16 yards at the other end and then Turnbull was horribly wide from distance.

The lively Chandler looked to have won it in the 88th minute when he showed his marker a clean pair of heels from Odubade's flick.

His powerful angled drive, however, hit the underside of McDonald and whistled past the far post.

That appeared to be that until Chandler prodded home only for Davis's header to ensure both clubs are in Monday's 3rd round draw.

 

Gateshead: Deasy, Baxter, Rents, Gillies, Curtis, Clark, Moore (Marwood 69), Turnbull, Shaw (Chandler 63), Odubade, Cummins
Subs (not used): Wilson (gk), Brittain, Odhiambo,

Goals: Shaw (15), Chandler (90+1)

Bookings: None

 

Braintree Town: McDonald, Peters (Quinton 85), Thomas, Dennis, Paine, Symons (Yiadom 39), Davis, Marks, Wright, O'Connor (Reason 39), Wells
Subs (not used): Chilaka, Jones

Goals: Reason (42), Davis (90+2)

Bookings: Peters (80), Thomas (83)

 

Referee: Declan Ford (Lincoln)

Attendance: 605

 

Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw

 

Micky Cummins

Micky Cummins

 

Yemi Odubade

Yemi Odubade

 

Jamie Chandler

Jamie Chandler scores. Photos by Martin Avery, Charlie Waugh and Steven White www.imagesbysw.com.

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