Carbone inspires Bradford romp

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Benito Carbone inspired Bradford City to their third home win of the season with a richly-deserved 5-1 victory over Gillingham.

The result lifted Bradford into second place in the First Division as they outplayed a poor Gillingham side who did not have a single shot on target until Marlon King scored a consolation goal in stoppage time.

Dick Wetherall gave Bradford the lead from a Carbone cross after 12 minutes. But, despite dominating, the hosts did not add to their lead until the 56th minute when Andy Tod bundled the ball into the net. Eoin Jess added a third four minutes later.

Bradford scored their fourth goal after 81 minutes when a superb through pass from Carbone found the unmarked substitute Robbie Blake. Carbone, himself, added the fifth with six minutes left to the delight of the 14,101 crowd.

A 77th minute penalty from Bobby Zamora gave Brighton a 2-1 victory at Wrexham – a win that took the Seagulls to the top of the Second Division. Wrexham had taken the lead with 25 minutes to go only for Zamora to equalise two minutes later.

Mansfield edged out Shrewsbury in their top-of-the-table match thanks to an injury-time goal from Chris Greenacre. The victory moved Mansfield above Shrewsbury into second place in the Third Division.

Shrewsbury had held the lead for just over an hour, after Lee Rodgers' eighth-minute goal. Danny Bacon levelled the scores in the 69th minute. Then, deep in injury time, Wayne Corden crossed from the left and Bacon headed back across goal for Greenacre to score with an acrobatic overhead finish.