Ebbsfleet Utd 0-1 Braintree Town

Both sides were reduced to 10 men as Braintree secured a narrow one-goal victory at Ebbsfleet.

The visitors had chances in the first half through Josh Dawkin and Sean Marks and, at the other end, Tom Phipp's 25-yard shot hit the post.

Ebbsfleet's Patrick Ada saw red for a professional foul on Marks and the visitors took the lead through Kenny Davis's curler from 25 yards.

Marks was then sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence.

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Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

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Devonshire win was 'comfortable'

"I thought we played well. We knew what was going to be thrown at us, I picked a team to do that, hold us into it and hopefully win the game later.

"I thought we were quite comfortable and should have won a bit more easily. We've hit the post a few times and Danny (Naisbitt) has only made a couple of saves the whole game.

"The whole of the back four did well, the midfield as well. We defended well as a group, which we set out to do."

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