Bantams held by 10-man Gills

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Leading scorer Peter Thorne put the home side in front after 20 minutes with his 10th goal of the season, firing into the net after his own header had rebounded off the crossbar.

Joe Colbeck then added a second on the stroke of half-time with a superb right foot shot.

Jackson pulled a goal back for Gillingham after 51 minutes when Andy Barcham’s shot rebounded into his path, but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Mark Bentley was sent off for a foul on Paul McLaren seven minutes later.

However, the visitors made light of playing a man short and equalised six minutes from the end when Jackson ran onto a through-pass from Nicky Southall to fire past keeper Rhys Evans for his second goal of the game.