Braintree Town 'half-way' to survival target

Lee Harding
Harding (pictured) appointed Alan Devonshire as Braintree manager in May 2011

Chairman Lee Harding believes newly promoted Braintree Town are already half-way to achieving their target of avoiding relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The Iron have won six on the trot and sit second in the table on 25 points.

But Harding told BBC Essex: "First target is to make sure you are here next season.

"We're making great progress but just as you can win six on the spin, you can lose six - we have to be sensible."

He continued: "Obviously, we've got to be delighted with where we are."

The part-time side are playing their first season in the top flight of the non-league game and have taken maximum points in September.

Braintree are also working hard to get their Cressing Road home up to the required standard, with a planning application to make improvements due to be heard in November.

Harding added: "That's make or break, it doesn't matter how many games we win, if we don't get the support from our local community, we'll be going back down to the Conference South."

One negative for the club in Tuesday's 3-1 home win over Tamworth was an injury to striker Chib Chilaka, who could be out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

But Harding said the squad could be strengthened if necessary.

He said: "Alan (Devonshire) has been very cute with his playing budget. If he needs to strengthen the resources are there."

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