Braintree climbed into the top five in the Conference Premier with a convincing home victory over Alfreton.

With all the goals coming in the second half, it was Charlie Strutton's well-struck volley that gave the hosts the advantage.

Sean Marks' 84th-minute header and Daniel Sparkes' tap in three minutes later wrapped up the points for high-flying Braintree.

Bradley Wood netted late consolation for the visitors.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"We've had to grind it out, they are very tough side to play against. Very direct, big, strong and I thought we stood up well to it.

"We knew that later on in the game it would open up and we would get a few chances, Charlie [Strutton] took his goal well and then we was never in danger.

"I'm absolutely delighted, the boys deserve a lot of credit, I'm so proud of them.

"The week we've had is absolutely fantastic."

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Braintree Town 3-1 Alfreton Town FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Strutton 61
  • Marks 84
  • Sparkes 87
  • Wood 89

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 21 Griffiths
  • 04 Isaac
  • 08 Davis (Sparkes 41)
  • 26 Mulley
  • 07 Strutton yellow card (Cox 88)
  • 09 Marks

Substitutes

  • 20 Hamann,
  • 14 Carney,
  • 11 Sparkes,
  • 18 Marum,
  • 22 Cox

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Atkins
  • 02 Wood
  • 05 Wylde
  • 07 Law
  • 16 Fenton (Westwood 46)
  • 21 Rowe-Turner
  • 08 Shaw
  • 12 Meadows yellow card (Wishart 71)
  • 17 McGrath
  • 09 Clayton yellow card (Bradley 79)
  • 18 Akinde

Substitutes

  • 03 Franklin,
  • 04 Westwood,
  • 10 Bradley,
  • 13 Wishart,
  • 22 Akinde
Ref: MartinAtt: 927
BRAINTREE TOWN
ALFRETON TOWN

Possession

  • Braintree Town 45%
  • Alfreton Town 55%

Attempts on target

  • Braintree Town 10
  • Alfreton Town 5

Attempts off target

  • Braintree Town 6
  • Alfreton Town 4

Corners

  • Braintree Town 3
  • Alfreton Town 4

Fouls

  • Braintree Town 12
  • Alfreton Town 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:44 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:08 Tom Shaw challenges Matt Paine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 90:00+1:05 Daniel Sparkes produces a cross. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:01 Matt Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John McGrath. Free kick taken by Bradley Wood.
  • 88:07 GOAL - Bradley WoodBraintree Town 3 - 1 Alfreton Town Bradley Wood grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Braintree Town 3-1 Alfreton Town.
  • 86:14 Substitution Jordan Cox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Strutton.
  • 86:14 Assist on the goal came from James Mulley.
  • 86:14 GOAL - Daniel SparkesBraintree Town 3 - 0 Alfreton Town Daniel Sparkes scores with a left foot finish. Braintree Town 3-0 Alfreton Town.
  • 86:00 James Mulley takes a shot. Ross Atkins parries the ball away.
  • 84:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Bradley by Chez Isaac. Free kick taken by John McGrath.
  • 83:10 Charlie Strutton provided the assist for the goal.
  • 83:10 GOAL - Sean MarksBraintree Town 2 - 0 Alfreton Town Sean Marks scores with a header. Braintree Town 2-0 Alfreton Town.
  • 83:08 Charlie Strutton takes a shot and struck the post.
  • 82:44 Tom Shaw takes a shot. Chez Isaac gets a block in.
  • 82:21 Dan Bradley takes a shot. Nathan McDonald safely holds on.
  • 81:39 Daniel Sparkes takes a shot.
  • 81:11 Dan Bradley takes a shot. Nathan McDonald catches the ball.
  • 80:21 Dan Bradley challenges Daniel Sparkes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:12 Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:12 Substitution Dan Bradley is brought on as a substitute for Paul Clayton.
  • 78:12 Handball decision goes against James Mulley.
  • 77:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGrath on Sam Griffiths. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 76:24 Tom Shaw takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
  • 75:27 A cross is delivered by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Dean Wells makes a clearance.
  • 73:52 Sean Marks takes a shot. Ross Atkins parries the effort to safety. The referee blows for offside against James Mulley. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.
  • 72:20 Header by Sean Marks misses right.
  • 71:39 Booking
  • 71:12 Paul Clayton challenges Dean Wells unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Clayton is booked. Sam Habergham takes the free kick.
  • 70:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Wishart on Sam Habergham. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:03 Substitution Daniel Wishart comes on in place of Danny Meadows.
  • 69:31 Chez Isaac takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 68:58 Sean Marks takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Shaw.
  • 66:23 Corner taken by John McGrath. James Mulley manages to make a clearance.
  • 64:35 James Mulley takes a shot.
  • 62:29 Booking
  • 62:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Strutton on Bradley Wood. Charlie Strutton is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 60:41 Chez Isaac provided the assist for the goal.
  • 60:41 GOAL - Charlie StruttonBraintree Town 1 - 0 Alfreton Town Charlie Strutton scores with their left foot. Braintree Town 1-0 Alfreton Town.
  • 57:45 John McGrath takes a shot. Matt Paine gets a block in.
  • 56:11 Foul by James Mulley on Michael Wylde, free kick awarded. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.
  • 54:57 Foul by John Akinde on Matt Paine, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 54:27 Centre by James Mulley. Clearance by Josh Law.
  • 53:14 Sean Marks challenges Michael Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Wood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:47 Shot by John Akinde went wide right of the post.
  • 51:43 Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Sparkes. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde by Sean Marks. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 50:39 John McGrath takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 49:45 Matt Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. John McGrath crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham by Paul Clayton. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 45:01 Substitution Nick Fenton leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Westwood.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+0:12 Corner from the right by-line taken by John McGrath.
  • 44:32 Paul Clayton challenges Alan Massey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 43:33 Handball by Daniel Sparkes. Free kick crossed by John McGrath. Nathan McDonald punches the ball.
  • 40:54 Substitution Daniel Sparkes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenny Davis.
  • 38:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Strutton on Nick Fenton. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner takes the free kick.
  • 36:40 Charlie Strutton takes a shot.
  • 34:13 John McGrath concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Davis. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Strutton. Ross Atkins turns it away with a finger tip save. Corner taken by Kenny Davis. Clearance by Nick Fenton.
  • 33:12 Foul by Dean Wells on Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 32:50 Dean Wells produces a cross. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.
  • 32:12 Chez Isaac takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Clayton gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 31:06 Matt Paine takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 29:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Strutton by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.
  • 27:26 Corner from the left by-line taken by John McGrath. Clearance made by Alan Massey.
  • 23:23 The ball is delivered by Charlie Strutton. Nick Fenton gets a block in.
  • 22:54 Booking
  • 22:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Paine by Danny Meadows. Danny Meadows is shown a yellow card. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 21:17 John Akinde delivers the ball. Clearance by Chez Isaac.
  • 20:57 The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis. Nick Fenton makes a clearance.
  • 20:07 Nick Fenton challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 19:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Sam Griffiths. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:31 Tom Shaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 17:28 Sean Marks fouled by Nick Fenton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.
  • 16:17 Kenny Davis takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
  • 15:38 Paul Clayton concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Paine. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.
  • 14:11 The ball is swung over by Sam Griffiths. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.
  • 13:39 The ball is sent over by Sam Griffiths. Clearance by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.
  • 12:51 The ball is sent over by Chez Isaac. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:52 Danny Meadows takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
  • 11:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against John Akinde. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:36 Foul by Tom Shaw on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 9:00 Kenny Davis sends in a cross that goes out.
  • 8:43 Chez Isaac sends in a cross.
  • 8:03 The ball is swung over by Sam Griffiths. Ross Atkins catches the ball.
  • 7:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Law on Sam Griffiths. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.
  • 6:43 Paul Clayton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.
  • 5:56 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner fouled by Sean Marks, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.
  • 5:44 The ball is swung over by Kenny Davis. Ross Atkins makes a clearance.
  • 3:14 The ball is delivered by John Akinde. Alan Massey manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by John McGrath.
  • 2:36 Kenny Davis crosses the ball. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.
  • 0:36 Alan Massey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. John McGrath crosses the ball in from the free kick. Nathan McDonald punches the ball.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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