Braintree netted twice in the first 17 minutes to beat Conference Premier promotion rivals Nuneaton Town and record their third win in six days.

After Boro defender Theo Streete's eighth-minute own goal, Dan Holman doubled Braintree's lead with a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Dave Hibbert got one back 20 minutes from time with a left-foot 20-yarder.

Holman's haul

  • Braintree top scorer Dan Holman's seventh goal in nine games took his tally to 11 for the season.

But Braintree held on to secure all three points, climbing above their opponents into fifth place.

Braintree's winning run started on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Aldershot, before Tuesday night's 2-0 triumph at Welling United.

This was Nuneaton's second straight defeat since Boro boss Kevin Wilkin's departure to join fellow Conference Premier side Wrexham a week ago.

Nuneaton could have been further behind had Bermuda international keeper Dale Eve not made excellent stops on his debut to thwart Kenny Davis and Mulley just before half-time.

Wolves defender Jordan Cranston also made his Boro debut following his arrival on loan until the end of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells
  • 04 Isaac
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 26 Mulley
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Marks
  • 02 Peters
  • 10 Holman (Jakubiak - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 23 Laurent
  • 12 Daley
  • 27 Jakubiak
  • 28 Holdsworth

Nuneaton Town

  • 01 Eve
  • 05 Dean
  • 21 Cranston
  • 04 Cowan
  • 13 Sleath (Armson - 46' )
  • 20 Trainer Booked
  • 11 Streete
  • 06 Walker (Taylor - 46' )
  • 16 York
  • 18 Pearson (Adams - 67' )
  • 26 Hibbert

Substitutes

  • 08 Adams
  • 28 Magri
  • 15 Gordon
  • 07 Armson
  • 17 Taylor
Ref: Wayne Barratt
Att: 802

Match Stats

Shots

13 2

On target

6 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 1.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 1.

90:00 +4:10

Corner, Braintree Town.

90:00 +2:41

Attempt missed. Wes York (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

89:46

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

89:46

Theo Streete (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

86:49

Offside, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak tries a through ball, but Alex Jakubiak is caught offside.

85:07

Hand ball by Wes York (Nuneaton Town).

82:24

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:34 Booking

Booking Phil Trainer (Nuneaton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:20

Foul by Phil Trainer (Nuneaton Town).

81:20

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

80:17

Corner, Braintree Town.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Dan Holman.

77:15

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

73:55

Corner, Braintree Town.

72:55

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

71:48

Foul by Connor Taylor (Nuneaton Town).

71:48

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

71:02

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

70:49

Corner, Braintree Town.

69:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 1. Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

68:52

Offside, Braintree Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

66:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Jon Adams replaces Greg Pearson.

65:50

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

64:48

Corner, Braintree Town.

60:57

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dan Holman with a cross.

58:53

Offside, Braintree Town. Sean Marks tries a through ball, but Sean Marks is caught offside.

58:01

Foul by Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town).

58:01

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

56:25

Corner, Braintree Town.

56:13

Attempt blocked. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:35

Foul by Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town).

53:35

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

51:53

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

51:12

Corner, Braintree Town.

48:51

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

48:51

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

48:21

Attempt saved. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Kenny Davis with a cross.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. James Armson replaces Danny Sleath.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Connor Taylor replaces Adam Walker.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 0.

45:00 +0:34

Corner, Braintree Town.

45:00 +0:20

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

45:00 +0:05

Attempt saved. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

44:43

Corner, Braintree Town.

42:28

Foul by Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town).

42:28

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

41:17

Hand ball by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

33:12

Foul by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

33:12

Theo Streete (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

32:33

Foul by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

32:33

Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

29:46

Offside, Nuneaton Town. Theo Streete tries a through ball, but Theo Streete is caught offside.

28:33

Attempt blocked. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Mulley with a cross.

25:05

Foul by Greg Pearson (Nuneaton Town).

25:05

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

22:23

Corner, Braintree Town.

21:33

Corner, Braintree Town.

18:41

Foul by Greg Pearson (Nuneaton Town).

18:41

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

17:55

Foul by Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town).

17:55

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

16:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 0. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

15:40

Offside, Braintree Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

12:56

Offside, Braintree Town. Sean Marks tries a through ball, but Sean Marks is caught offside.

7:18 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Theo Streete, Nuneaton Town. Braintree Town 1, Nuneaton Town 0.

6:15

Offside, Nuneaton Town. Greg Pearson tries a through ball, but Greg Pearson is caught offside.

5:36

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

2:46

Corner, Braintree Town.

0:20

Foul by Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town).

0:20

Sam Habergham (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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