Braintree's play-off hopes suffered a set-back after they were beaten at home by Macclesfield Town.

The hosts almost took the lead just before the break but James Mulley volleyed wide from close range.

The deadlock was broken on 62 minutes when Scott Boden finished from inside the box after some good work by midfielder Paul Turnbull.

Danny Whitaker came close to doubling Macc's lead but was denied by a fine stop from keeper Nick Hamann.

The result means Braintree are two points off the play-off places with five games remaining.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 05 Paine
  • 03 Habergham
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 26 Mulley
  • 08 Davis Booked
  • 04 Isaac (Laurent - 70' )
  • 11 Sparkes (Daley - 79' )
  • 10 Holman
  • 22 Cox (Jakubiak - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Laurent
  • 01 McDonald
  • 27 Jakubiak
  • 14 Carney
  • 12 Daley

Macclesfield Town

  • 01 Taylor
  • 03 Andrew
  • 12 Williams
  • 26 Halls
  • 02 Connor
  • 06 Turnbull
  • 23 Whitaker
  • 15 Lewis
  • 09 Holroyd
  • 19 Boden Booked (Kay - 89' )
  • 11 Winn (Mackreth - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kay
  • 24 Rowe
  • 07 Mackreth
  • 20 Branagan
  • 28 Cowan
Ref: Adam Hopkins

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

2 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

2 12

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Braintree Town 0, Macclesfield Town 1.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Macclesfield Town 1.

90:00 +4:03

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

88:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Kay replaces Scott Boden.

86:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jack Mackreth replaces Peter Winn.

85:52

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

85:52

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

83:11

Foul by Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town).

83:11

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

81:57

Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:39

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

80:27

Attempt saved. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

78:28 Substitution

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

77:33

Attempt missed. Josh Laurent (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

73:28

Foul by Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town).

73:28

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

72:25 Booking

Booking Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:14

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

72:14

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

71:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Jordan Cox.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Josh Laurent replaces Chez Isaac.

61:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 0, Macclesfield Town 1. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Turnbull.

60:39

Foul by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

60:39

Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick.

59:13

Foul by Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town).

59:13

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

57:50

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

56:50

Foul by Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town).

56:50

Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

54:20 Booking

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

54:13

Hand ball by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

53:02

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes with a cross.

52:39

Corner, Braintree Town.

52:19

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

49:08

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

45:46

Foul by Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town).

45:46

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 0, Macclesfield Town 0.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Macclesfield Town 0.

45:00 +0:54

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

45:00 +0:54

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

43:28

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

41:57

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:14

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

38:57

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

38:43

Corner, Braintree Town.

37:40

Attempt missed. Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

36:36

Attempt missed. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35:34

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

35:34

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

31:49

Offside, Macclesfield Town. Chris Holroyd tries a through ball, but Chris Holroyd is caught offside.

29:27

Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Andrew with a cross.

27:49

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

26:03

Foul by Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town).

26:03

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

18:50

Attempt saved. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

18:11

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

18:11

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

17:06

Corner, Macclesfield Town.

9:20

Corner, Braintree Town.

8:09

Foul by Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town).

8:09

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

7:41

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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