Braintree Town 0-2 Dartford

Dartford closed the gap on the play-off pack as goals from Tom Bonner and Jacob Erskine earned victory at Braintree.

Bonner opened the scoring after converting Ryan Hayes' free-kick from inside the box.

Braintree's Brad Quinton brought a fine save from Marcus Bettinelli with a powerful free-kick while, at the other end, Tom Champion fired against a post.

Erskine doubled the visitors' advantage when he neatly headed Hayes' cross into the top corner from 12 yards.


Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"I thought it was men against boys. We know what they're about but they did a good job on us.

"We got done with two free headers. It was bad defending - as well as we defended on Saturday, that was kids' stuff.

"Maybe a couple of the lads mugged me off, saying they were OK after Saturday's game and I think some of them were struggling.

"They weren't honest with me and that's something I'll look at big time with regard to Saturday-Tuesday games. I'll probably make changes no matter what the scoreline is on the Saturday."

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"This is a difficult place to come, I wanted the players to make sure they were right (after the draw at Wrexham) to come here and I thought we deserved to win.

"Braintree came back at us and we were a bit fortunate not to concede a goal.

"A few of them were running on empty with the games we've had so I'm delighted."

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