National League
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AFC Telford United 1-3 Braintree Town

Charlie Strutton
Strutton scored six goals in seven games during a loan spell with Braintree last season

AFC Telford United remain rooted to the bottom of the Conference following a home defeat by Braintree.

Goalkeeper Freddy Hall made three early saves before Charlie Strutton opened the scoring for the Iron from 18 yards.

Strutton doubled the lead with a volley from the edge of the box before Sean Marks' close-range finish made it three before half-time.

Telford briefly threatened a comeback when Tony Gray netted from six yards, but Braintree held on to win.

Improving Telford, who had reached the second round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, had lost only twice in eight matches in all competitions prior to the Braintree defeat.

AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"No excuses. I have to look at myself after the first-half performance. If I'm honest, the game was gone at half time. We didn't have any energy, desire or commitment to win.

We showed a little bit of character in the second half but the game was gone. We haven't been able to collect the points of late and in this league you need legs.

"It's an excuse to use Tuesday night as the reason for today's performance. Too many players were heard chirping on about the FA Cup before the game, and if you do that you can easily play yourself out of the game."

Line-ups

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 23Higgins
  • 5Akrigg
  • 24Parry
  • 16McDonald
  • 20PokuBooked at 24mins
  • 7Ledsham
  • 12CookeSubstituted forBrownhillat 46'minutes
  • 10Gray
  • 14HancockSubstituted forBarnettat 46'minutes
  • 9FarrellSubstituted forSmithat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hedge
  • 3Brownhill
  • 8Barnett
  • 18Smith
  • 21Todd

Braintree

  • 1Hamann
  • 23PetersSubstituted forBrundleat 73'minutes
  • 6Massey
  • 20Clerima
  • 3Habergham
  • 26Mulley
  • 4Isaac
  • 5Paine
  • 15AkinolaSubstituted forSparkesat 83'minutes
  • 9Marks
  • 10StruttonSubstituted forDavisat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Brundle
  • 8Davis
  • 11Sparkes
  • 14Smith
  • 29Pentney
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
1,523

Match Stats

Home TeamTelfordAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home4
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Telford United 1, Braintree Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 1, Braintree Town 3.

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

Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Rod McDonald (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray tries a through ball, but Tony Gray is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Simeon Akinola.

Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

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

Hand ball by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

Corner, Braintree Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Mitch Brundle replaces Ryan Peters.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tony Gray (AFC Telford United).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Kenny Davis replaces Charlie Strutton.

Offside, Braintree Town. Charlie Strutton tries a through ball, but Charlie Strutton is caught offside.

Foul by Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United).

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Charlie Barnett tries a through ball, but Charlie Barnett is caught offside.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Foul by Karl Ledsham (AFC Telford United).

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Telford United 1, Braintree Town 3. Tony Gray (AFC Telford United) header from a difficult angle on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Brownhill with a cross.

Foul by Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sam Smith replaces Adam Farrell.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Kyle Brownhill replaces Sean Cooke.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Charlie Barnett replaces Josh Hancock.

Second Half

Second Half begins AFC Telford United 0, Braintree Town 3.

Half Time

First Half ends, AFC Telford United 0, Braintree Town 3.

Offside, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray tries a through ball, but Tony Gray is caught offside.

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