National League - 1st Leg
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Grimsby Town 0-1 Braintree Town

Kenny Davis
Kenny Davis' ninth goal of the season gave Braintree victory at Grimsby

Kenny Davis' second-half penalty gave Braintree a slender advantage from their National League play-off semi-final first leg at Grimsby.

After a first half of few chances, Josh Gowling was adjudged to have brought down Simeon Akinola in the box and Iron captain Davis slotted in from the spot.

Mariners forward Padraig Amond was then denied from close range by both keeper Tom King and defender Matt Fry.

The Iron held on to take a lead into Sunday's second leg at Cressing Road.

Part-timers Braintree, who finished third in the table and have never been in the Football League before, withstood pressure from their hosts in the second half.

Danny Cowley's side survived a penalty shout against them when Amond collided with Mark Phillips in the area.

That incident came soon after Davis had sent James McKeown the wrong way from the spot at the other end, referee John Brooks having ruled that Akinola's fine run had been halted illegally just inside the area.

The closest Grimsby came to an equaliser was through Amond, whose turn and shot from a corner was kept out by a fine reflex save by King.

Fry then deflected an effort over the bar when Amond looked certain to score for the Mariners, who have been outside of the Football League since 2010.

But Braintree, managed by a PE teacher, stifled many of the home attacks to defeat Grimsby by the same scoreline as in April.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Tait
  • 6Gowling
  • 31Nolan
  • 32Horwood
  • 22Nsiala
  • 20ArnoldSubstituted forEastat 79'minutes
  • 8Disley
  • 11Monkhouse
  • 10Amond
  • 9BogleSubstituted forHobanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 18Pittman
  • 23East
  • 28Henderson
  • 35Hoban

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 5Paine
  • 8Davis
  • 3Habergham
  • 15PhillipsBooked at 36mins
  • 7Brundle
  • 6FryBooked at 34mins
  • 30Woodyard
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 76'minutes
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forSparkesat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Clerima
  • 9Marks
  • 11Sparkes
  • 14Miles
  • 25Cardwell
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Pat Hoban (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

Attempt saved. Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny East with a cross.

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

Evan Horwood (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Simeon Akinola.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Danny East replaces Nathan Arnold.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Cheek.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Padraig Amond tries a through ball, but Padraig Amond is caught offside.

Foul by Richard Tait (Grimsby Town).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Padraig Amond.

Attempt missed. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Pat Hoban replaces Omar Bogle because of an injury.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle tries a through ball, but Omar Bogle is caught offside.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt blocked. Richard Tait (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle tries a through ball, but Omar Bogle is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Braintree Town 1. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Braintree Town. Simeon Akinola draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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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