Charlie Strutton made it six goals in five games for Braintree to fire them to victory over nine-man Chester.

Hestruck twice in the space of 60 seconds to put the hosts in control, converting James Mulley's cross and then slotting home Chez Izaac's through ball, both with his left foot.

A Daniel Sparkes corner was poked home by defender Dean Wells for the third.

Chester defenders Paul Linwood and Lee Pugh were both shown straight red cards on a day to forget for the visitors.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"It's nice when plans come together, we wanted to start sharp, we knew they would play three at the back. We had a little plan and it worked very quickly.

"We've ended up winning the game quite easily.

"Charlie [Strutton] is leaving us now, he's ended up with six goals, he's done great for us.

"I'm sorry to see him go but we've got players who can step in. They've got to step up to the mark."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 21 Griffiths
  • 05 Paine Booked
  • 15 Massey
  • 03 Habergham
  • 19 Wells Booked
  • 04 Isaac
  • 26 Mulley (Daley - 71' )
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 07 Strutton (Holman - 80' )
  • 09 Marks (Cox - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Cox
  • 20 Hamann
  • 12 Daley
  • 18 Enver-Marum
  • 10 Holman

Chester FC

  • 01 Danby
  • 20 Pugh Dismissed
  • 12 Turner Booked
  • 05 Linwood Dismissed
  • 02 Kay (Higginbotham - 46' )
  • 04 Horan (Seddon - 46' )
  • 06 Harrison Booked
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 15 Turner Booked
  • 22 Titchiner (Williams - 62' )
  • 07 Reed

Substitutes

  • 19 Seddon
  • 17 Higginbotham
  • 03 Heath
  • 09 Mills
  • 16 Williams
Ref: Colin Lymer
Att: 1,132

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

10 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 18

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.

90:00 +0:17

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

85:24

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

84:44

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

84:44

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

82:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Lee Pugh (Chester FC) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

82:44

Foul by Lee Pugh (Chester FC).

82:44

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

80:22

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

80:22

Lee Pugh (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Charlie Strutton.

78:47

Corner, Braintree Town.

78:29

Attempt saved. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes with a cross.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Sean Marks.

76:36

Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.

75:59

Foul by Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

75:59

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

74:48 Booking

Booking Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:41

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

74:41

Lee Pugh (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

73:27

Attempt missed. Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:58

Attempt missed. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Daley from a direct free kick.

70:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces James Mulley.

69:49

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester FC).

69:49

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

69:08

Corner, Braintree Town.

68:42

Attempt saved. Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

68:28

Attempt saved. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

65:43

Foul by Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

65:43

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

65:00

Attempt saved. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

61:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Ashley Williams replaces Alex Titchiner.

60:32

Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

60:21

Corner, Braintree Town.

60:02

Attempt blocked. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:44 Dismissal

Dismissal Paul Linwood (Chester FC) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

57:30

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

57:30

Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

56:01 Booking

Booking Nathan Turner (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

55:17

Foul by Nathan Turner (Chester FC).

55:17

Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

53:30 Booking

Booking Danny Harrison (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:14

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester FC).

53:14

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

51:00

Corner, Braintree Town.

49:33

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

49:33

Jamie Reed (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

48:47

Attempt saved. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

47:36

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

47:36

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

46:13

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester FC).

46:13

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Higginbotham replaces Michael Kay.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon replaces George Horan.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.

45:00 +0:39

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

45:00 +0:39

Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

43:04

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

43:04

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:39

Attempt saved. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

40:24

Attempt missed. Alex Titchiner (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:00

Attempt blocked. Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:53

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

38:53

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

37:17 Booking

Booking Dean Wells (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:00

Foul by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

37:00

Alex Titchiner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

35:30

Attempt saved. Alex Titchiner (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

34:40

Attempt missed. Danny Harrison (Chester FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

32:45

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

32:45

Danny Harrison (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

32:02

Foul by Alex Titchiner (Chester FC).

32:02

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

30:38 Booking

Booking Lewis Turner (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:34

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

30:34

Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

29:41

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

29:41

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

29:13

Attempt missed. Lewis Turner (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin McIntyre with a cross.

27:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0. Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

27:34

Corner, Braintree Town.

27:03

Corner, Braintree Town.

25:16

Attempt saved. Michael Kay (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

24:41

Attempt saved. Lee Pugh (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21:29

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

21:29

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

17:39

Offside, Braintree Town. Charlie Strutton tries a through ball, but Charlie Strutton is caught offside.

16:01

Foul by Kevin McIntyre (Chester FC).

16:01

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

15:33

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

14:50

Foul by Danny Harrison (Chester FC).

14:50

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

13:08

Offside, Braintree Town. Sam Griffiths tries a through ball, but Sam Griffiths is caught offside.

12:24

Corner, Braintree Town.

12:05

Attempt saved. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved.

11:09

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

11:09

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

9:54

Corner, Braintree Town.

9:18

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

9:18

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

6:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 2, Chester FC 0. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

5:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 1, Chester FC 0. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

3:47

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

3:47

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

3:09

Foul by Jamie Reed (Chester FC).

3:09

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

2:36

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

0:22

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

0:22

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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