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Braintree Town 2-1 Nuneaton Town

Dan Holman

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.

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.

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 20Hamann
  • 3Habergham
  • 5Paine
  • 19Wells
  • 4Isaac
  • 11Sparkes
  • 26Mulley
  • 8Davis
  • 9Marks
  • 2Peters
  • 10HolmanSubstituted forJakubiakat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McDonald
  • 23Laurent
  • 12Daley
  • 27Jakubiak
  • 28Holdsworth

Nuneaton

  • 1Eve
  • 5Dean
  • 21Cranston
  • 4Cowan
  • 13SleathSubstituted forArmsonat 46'minutes
  • 20TrainerBooked at 82mins
  • 11Streete
  • 6WalkerSubstituted forTaylorat 46'minutes
  • 16York
  • 18PearsonSubstituted forAdamsat 67'minutes
  • 26Hibbert

Substitutes

  • 8Adams
  • 28Magri
  • 15Gordon
  • 7Armson
  • 17Taylor
Referee:
Wayne Barratt
Attendance:
802

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamNuneaton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Nuneaton Town 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Braintree Town.

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

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Theo Streete (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

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

Hand ball by Wes York (Nuneaton Town).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Phil Trainer (Nuneaton Town).

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Dan Holman.

Corner, Nuneaton Town.

Corner, Braintree Town.

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

Foul by Connor Taylor (Nuneaton Town).

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Braintree Town.

Goal!

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Jon Adams replaces Greg Pearson.

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

Corner, Braintree Town.

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.

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

Foul by Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town).

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

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

Foul by Dave Hibbert (Nuneaton Town).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nuneaton Town. James Armson replaces Danny Sleath.

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