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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Braintree Town

Billy Waters
Billy Waters joined Cheltenham from Crewe Alexandra in the summer

An injury-time goal from Billy Waters sent Cheltenham top of the National League with a point against Braintree.

Anthony Edgar's 25-yard shot in the 90th minute looked to have won it for the visitors at Whaddon Road.

But a deflected header from Waters forced a flying save from Will Norris moments later, before the former Crewe man took it around the keeper to level.

Amari Morgan-Smith had a chance to win it for the hosts in the final moments but his shot from an angle was saved.

Cheltenham go top by virtue of having a better goal difference than Forest Green, while Braintree drop two places to eighth.

Both sides had decent chances in the opening exchanges as Jack Munns came close to putting the home side ahead, but his curling effort went just wide.

Robins' keeper Dillon Phillips twice denied Simeon Akinola with excellent saves in the first half, keeping out his deflected shot and long-range effort.

Cheltenham's Danny Wright hit the bar and, at the other end, a left-footed shot from Dan Sparkes also came back off the woodwork.

Wright then hit the post after the break and Amari Morgan-Smith's chip was cleared off the line by Matt Paine, before the dramatic final minutes.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Johnson on Cheltenham v Braintree

"After 89-90 minutes we were 1-0 down and it was looking like a Tranmere-type game where we have a lot of possession and the opposition take a chance.

"At that point we got a head of steam up, had quite a few corners and we got in a few times, but it was only at the end when we looked like taking the game.

"I suppose it's how far we've come that we go top of the league and everybody's a bit disappointed.

"The boys were a bit disappointed but for once I've tried to pick them up because I know those games are difficult."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 7PellBooked at 74mins
  • 2BarthramSubstituted forWatersat 67'minutes
  • 5Downes
  • 3McLennan
  • 9Wright
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forRoweat 77'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 6Parslow
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 24DickieBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Vaughan

Braintree

  • 1NorrisBooked at 89mins
  • 7Brundle
  • 2Clerima
  • 8Davis
  • 3HaberghamSubstituted forMilesat 56'minutes
  • 5Paine
  • 4IsaacBooked at 26minsSubstituted forEdgarat 60'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 68'minutes
  • 10Akinola
  • 11Sparkes
  • 30Woodyard

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 25Walker
  • 31Haigh
Referee:
Adam Hopkins
Attendance:
2,097

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Braintree Town 1.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Braintree Town 1. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 0, Braintree Town 1. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Marks.

Booking

Will Norris (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Robert Dickie with a cross.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

Booking

Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town).

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Taylor Miles (Braintree Town).

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Offside, Cheltenham Town. Harry Pell tries a through ball, but Harry Pell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Rowe replaces Jack Munns.

Booking

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Cheek.

Offside, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles tries a through ball, but Taylor Miles is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters replaces Jack Barthram.

Attempt saved. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt saved. George McLennan (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Chez Isaac because of an injury.

Foul by Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town).

Will Norris (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town).

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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