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Braintree Town 3-0 Chester

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."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1McDonald
  • 21Griffiths
  • 5PaineBooked at 75mins
  • 15Massey
  • 3Habergham
  • 19WellsBooked at 38mins
  • 4Isaac
  • 26MulleySubstituted forDaleyat 71'minutes
  • 11Sparkes
  • 7StruttonSubstituted forHolmanat 80'minutes
  • 9MarksSubstituted forCoxat 77'minutes

Substitutes

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

Chester FC

  • 1Danby
  • 20PughBooked at 83mins
  • 12TurnerBooked at 31mins
  • 5LinwoodBooked at 58mins
  • 2KaySubstituted forHigginbothamat 46'minutes
  • 4HoranSubstituted forSeddonat 46'minutes
  • 6HarrisonBooked at 54mins
  • 14McIntyre
  • 15TurnerBooked at 57mins
  • 22TitchinerSubstituted forWilliamsat 62'minutes
  • 7Reed

Substitutes

  • 19Seddon
  • 17Higginbotham
  • 3Heath
  • 9Mills
  • 16Williams
Referee:
Colin Lymer
Attendance:
1,132

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamChester FC
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 3, Chester FC 0.
Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.
Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Gareth Seddon (Chester FC).
Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Dismissal

Lee Pugh (Chester FC) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Foul by Lee Pugh (Chester FC).
Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).
Lee Pugh (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Charlie Strutton.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Attempt saved. Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Sean Marks.
Offside, Chester FC. Jamie Reed tries a through ball, but Jamie Reed is caught offside.
Foul by Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).
Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Booking

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