National League
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Braintree Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Michael Cheek
Michael Cheek's goal was his 11th of the season for Braintree

Braintree checked Cheltenham's National League title charge courtesy of Michael Cheek's second-half header.

Cheltenham stay top of the table by a point ahead of Forest Green, but never got into their stride at Cressing Road.

The Robins survived a goalmouth scramble and a half-volley from Cheek before the break.

Chez Isaac crossed for Cheek to head home the winner after the interval and Braintree held on for a deserved win as Asa Hall struck the home side's post.

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Johnson on Braintree v Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "It's always disappointing when you lose a game - we knew what to expect from them but we couldn't handle it.

"They've done very well and we weren't good enough to break them down and when we were, it was given offside.

"Some of the boys didn't perform today, they showed energy and work rate but maybe their mindset has gone a bit and they're not believing that they're top of the league."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15Phillips
  • 4IsaacBooked at 55mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 8Davis
  • 30Woodyard
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forBrundleat 76'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 68'minutesSubstituted forEdgarat 86'minutes
  • 10Akinola

Substitutes

  • 7Brundle
  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 32Powell

Cheltenham

  • 31Flatt
  • 2BarthramBooked at 15mins
  • 6Parslow
  • 14Hall
  • 3McLennan
  • 15BurgessBooked at 69mins
  • 11MunnsBooked at 32minsSubstituted forPellat 46'minutes
  • 4StorerBooked at 32mins
  • 18RoweSubstituted forMorgan-Smithat 46'minutes
  • 30HolmanBooked at 10mins
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 7Pell
  • 8Waters
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 21Cranston
  • 25Lovett
Referee:
Constantine Hatzidakis
Attendance:
1,138

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar tries a through ball, but Anthony Edgar is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Attempt blocked. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Edgar.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Sean Marks because of an injury.

Foul by Cameron Burgess (Cheltenham Town).

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Mitch Brundle replaces Dan Sparkes.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Storer with a cross.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Flatt.

Attempt saved. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Chez Isaac with a cross.

Booking

Cameron Burgess (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron Burgess (Cheltenham Town).

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Cheek because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chez Isaac with a cross.

Foul by Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

George McLennan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

George McLennan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kyle Storer.

Corner, Cheltenham Town.

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

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

Booking

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham392411471254683
2Forest Green39257764362882
3Grimsby361912570313969
4Dover371981064461865
5Braintree371811842261665
6Tranmere3917121051381363
7Wrexham381881264442062
8Eastleigh37188115648862
9Gateshead39188134955-662
10Lincoln City391511135953656
11Bromley39167166161055
12Macclesfield38156174943651
13Woking38147175855349
14Barrow371211144963-1447
15Aldershot38137184261-1946
16Chester381110175057-743
17Southport391110183855-1743
18Guiseley38914153656-2041
19Torquay37911174162-2138
20Altrincham37911174061-2138
21Boreham Wood38813173037-737
22Halifax36910174869-2137
23Welling39610233057-2728
24Kidderminster3869233962-2327
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