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Braintree Town 3-0 Altrincham

Braintree celebrate
Braintree will face Grimsby in their National League play-off semi-final

Part-time Braintree Town secured a National League play-off place by beating Altrincham, whose relegation was confirmed by defeat in Essex.

Grimsby and Dover both lost their final games, meaning Braintree finished third and will have a home second leg in their semi-final against Grimsby.

Striker Michael Cheek netted twice for the hosts before half-time and Mitch Brundle added a third from close range.

Altrincham needed to win to stand any chance of survival.

A 5-0 home win over Welling in their previous outing, which ended a seven-match winless run, gave them hope of an unlikely escape but Alty will return to the sixth tier of English football next season after two years in the National League.

Braintree, who are managed by PE teacher Danny Cowley, are aiming to reach the Football League for the first time in their history.

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15Phillips
  • 5PaineBooked at 78mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 7Brundle
  • 8DavisSubstituted forMilesat 75'minutes
  • 30Woodyard
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forSparkesat 78'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clerima
  • 9Marks
  • 11Sparkes
  • 14Miles
  • 25Cardwell

Altrincham

  • 17Deasy
  • 28Holness
  • 6Leather
  • 15Ginnelly
  • 3GriffinBooked at 67mins
  • 5Havern
  • 4MoultBooked at 29mins
  • 20Sinnott
  • 10Reeves
  • 9RankineBooked at 59mins
  • 7LawrieSubstituted forRichmanat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Richman
  • 12Heathcote
  • 14O'Keefe
  • 23Williams
  • 27Saville
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
1,803

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamAltrincham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 3, Altrincham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 3, Altrincham 0.

Attempt missed. Michael Rankine (Altrincham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Attempt missed. Damian Reeves (Altrincham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Damian Reeves (Altrincham).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Taylor Miles (Braintree Town).

Jake Moult (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Braintree Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Simeon Akinola.

Booking

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

Michael Rankine (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Kenny Davis.

Foul by Jordan Sinnott (Altrincham).

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Altrincham.

Foul by Matt Fry (Braintree Town).

Michael Rankine (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Josh Ginnelly (Altrincham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Adam Griffin (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Griffin (Altrincham).

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Cheek.

Foul by Adam Griffin (Altrincham).

Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 3, Altrincham 0. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simeon Akinola.

Booking

Michael Rankine (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Altrincham).

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Simon Richman (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town).

Tim Deasy (Altrincham) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Altrincham. Simon Richman replaces James Lawrie.

Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Phillips with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham4630115873057101
2Forest Green462611969422789
3Braintree4623121156381881
4Grimsby4622141082453780
5Dover4623111275532280
6Tranmere4622121261441778
7Eastleigh4621121364531175
8Wrexham462091771561569
9Gateshead461910175970-1167
10Macclesfield461991860481266
11Barrow461714156471-765
12Woking461710197168361
13Lincoln City461613176968161
14Bromley46179206772-560
15Aldershot46168225472-1856
16Southport461413195265-1355
17Chester461412206771-454
18Torquay461312215476-2251
19Boreham Wood461214204449-550
20Guiseley461116194770-2349
21Halifax461212225582-2748
22Altrincham461014224873-2544
23Kidderminster46913244971-2240
24Welling46811273573-3835
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