Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Gateshead 0.
Braintree ended a four-game losing run with a narrow victory that dented Gateshead's play-off hopes.
Bernard Mensah headed over for the hosts early on, while Alex Rodman's shot for the Tynesiders was easily saved.
Lynden Gooch poked wide for Gateshead soon after the break before Mensah saw a well-struck drive strike the bar.
But Kenny Davis won it for Braintree from the penalty spot after Mensah was pulled down in the area.
The Iron are up to 16th in the Conference table while Gateshead have lost ground on those above them but stay ninth.
- 17MensahSubstituted forMaybanksat 90+4'minutes
- 15AkinolaBooked at 73minsSubstituted forPetersat 90'minutes
- 5CurtisBooked at 21mins
- 28GoochSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 71'minutes
- 12RamshawSubstituted forShawat 72'minutes
- 11FinniganSubstituted forCampbellat 72'minutes
- Daniel Cook
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Gateshead 0.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Maybanks replaces Bernard Mensah.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Ryan Peters replaces Simeon Akinola because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Adam Campbell (Gateshead) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.
Foul by Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town).
Alex Rodman (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Jon Shaw (Gateshead).
Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Kevin Sainte-Luce (Gateshead).
Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Foul by Adam Campbell (Gateshead).
Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).
Matty Pattison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.
Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.