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Braintree1Dartford0

Braintree Town 1-0 Dartford

Braintree Town moved to within a point of the Conference Premier play-off places as a first-half Kenny Davis goal was enough to beat struggling Dartford.

Davis scored midway through the first period with a fine 18-yard shot and the Iron should have added to the lead against relegation-threatened visitors.

Darts goalkeeper Alan Julian made numerous fine saves, notably from Sean Marks, Chez Isaac and Dean Wells.

Dartford stay in 22nd place but are two now points from safety.

They twice went close through Lee Noble when the score was 0-0.

But Davis scored soon after Noble's second chance and the hosts were full value for their victory.

Darford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

Tony Burman

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Post-match: Dartford boss Burman

"I think all the players have done a decent job. Obviously we've created chances - not loads of chances, but I don't think they've created many chances in fairness.

"You get opportunities like we did at the end and unfortunately we haven't taken it and that was our lifeline in all fairness.

"I don't think there was nerves. I just think every game we've started since November they've been under pressure and it's been every game we have to win.

"I think they've had a go again today but were unlucky again today. I think they deserved to get a point out of the game."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 20Hamann
  • 2Peters
  • 3Habergham
  • 5Paine
  • 19WellsBooked at 53mins
  • 15Massey
  • 26Mulley
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forDaleyat 75'minutes
  • 9MarksBooked at 48mins
  • 8Davis
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forCoxat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McDonald
  • 10Holman
  • 12Daley
  • 22Cox
  • 23Laurent

Dartford

  • 1Julian
  • 20Burns
  • 4Sterling
  • 31StevensonBooked at 84mins
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 38McAuley
  • 11HarrisBooked at 85mins
  • 6Cornhill
  • 15CollierSubstituted forSwallowat 66'minutes
  • 37Suarez
  • 8NobleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBradbrookat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clark
  • 10Bradbrook
  • 19Swallow
  • 29Holloway
  • 30Woodyard
Referee:
Declan Ford
Attendance:
1,200

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamDartford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Dartford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Dartford 0.
Attempt saved. Jim Stevenson (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
Attempt saved. Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.
Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ben Swallow.
Corner, Dartford.
Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).
Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).
Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).
James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).
Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).
James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Danny Harris (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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