Dan Holman's double ensured Braintree got their promotion challenge back on track with victory against 10-man Chester at Bumpers Lane.

The hosts saw Paul Linwood dismissed early on for a bad tackle on Holman who then converted the resulting free-kick.

After the break, Holman doubled the visitors' lead with a fantastic long-range strike from outside the box.

Jamie Reed headed off target in the closing stages, the closest struggling Chester came to a consolation.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 05 Linwood Dismissed
  • 03 Heath
  • 02 Kay
  • 17 Higginbotham
  • 12 Turner
  • 24 Rooney
  • 25 Miller
  • 16 Williams Booked (Jarrett - 66' )
  • 19 Seddon (Peers - 71' )
  • 18 Miller (Reed - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 14 McIntyre
  • 08 Jarrett
  • 23 Peers
  • 07 Reed
  • 21 Mahon

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 05 Paine
  • 03 Habergham
  • 19 Wells
  • 15 Massey
  • 04 Isaac
  • 08 Davis Booked
  • 11 Sparkes Booked (Daley - 73' )
  • 10 Holman (Cox - 84' )
  • 09 Marks (Geohaghon - 84' )
  • 02 Peters

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 23 Geohaghon
  • 12 Daley
  • 22 Cox
  • 14 Carney
Ref: Jason Whiteley
Att: 1,736

Match Stats

Shots

6 11

On target

2 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

+3:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +0:32

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

86:59

Corner, Braintree Town.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Exodus Geohaghon replaces Sean Marks.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Dan Holman.

80:37

Attempt missed. Jamie Reed (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

76:46

Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).

76:46

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

75:42

Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).

75:42

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

74:54

Foul by Danny Higginbotham (Chester FC).

74:54

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces Daniel Sparkes.

72:42

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

72:42

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Tom Peers replaces Gareth Seddon.

69:28

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

69:28

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

68:51

Corner, Chester FC.

65:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Jason Jarrett replaces Ashley Williams.

65:04

Foul by George Miller (Chester FC).

65:04

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

62:14

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

62:14

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

61:39 Booking

Booking Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:23

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

61:23

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

60:23

Foul by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

60:23

George Miller (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

59:10

Corner, Braintree Town.

57:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 2. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

54:57

Foul by Lewis Turner (Chester FC).

54:57

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

51:30

Attempt saved. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) header is saved.

50:52

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:46

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

49:46

Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

48:50

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

48:07

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

48:07

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

47:28

Corner, Braintree Town.

46:51

Corner, Braintree Town.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Jamie Reed replaces Sean Miller.

45:00

Second Half begins Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 1.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 1.

45:00 +2:06

Attempt missed. George Miller (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Lewis Turner (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

43:30 Booking

Booking Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:16

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

43:16

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:29

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

41:29

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

38:24

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

38:24

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

38:02

Attempt missed. Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

37:48

Attempt saved. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

37:11

Foul by Joe Heath (Chester FC).

37:11

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

33:58

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

33:58

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

33:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chester FC 0, Braintree Town 1. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

32:02 Booking

Booking Ashley Williams (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:50

Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

30:42 Dismissal

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

30:12

Foul by Paul Linwood (Chester FC).

30:12

Dan Holman (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

28:54

Corner, Chester FC.

24:34

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

23:25

Hand ball by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

22:02

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

20:55

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

20:55

Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

18:04

Offside, Chester FC. Sean Miller tries a through ball, but Sean Miller is caught offside.

17:08

Offside, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon tries a through ball, but Gareth Seddon is caught offside.

15:25

Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).

15:25

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

14:17

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:53

Foul by Ashley Williams (Chester FC).

13:53

Dan Holman (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

11:50

Foul by Ashley Williams (Chester FC).

11:50

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

11:04

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

11:04

Paul Linwood (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

9:19

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot is too high.

8:41

Corner, Braintree Town.

8:26

Attempt saved. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header is saved. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

8:10

Corner, Braintree Town.

7:40

Corner, Braintree Town.

5:51

Corner, Braintree Town.

2:43

Attempt saved. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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