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Braintree Town 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Braintree made it three Conference wins in a row and moved up to 10th in the table with victory over Bristol Rovers.

Kenny Davis's fourth goal in five games put The Iron ahead as his penalty sent goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall the wrong way after Tom Parkes held Jordan Cox.

Rovers had a goal ruled out for offside before Braintree doubled their lead in the second half through Dan Sparkes after good work from Simeon Akinola.

Rovers pressed late on but could not break down a stubborn home defence.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The penalty was a diabolical decision. If I'm being honest the referee gives them a goal.

"The keeper has got it in his hands and the lad makes a meal out of it, dives into the back of the net and somehow he sees a penalty from it.

"We had a lot better chances than them but weren't clinical enough. In the second half we started well, then they got the second goal and we fell to pieces for the last 30 minutes.

"In the first half we created plenty of opportunities and found ourselves unfortunate to go in at half-time losing."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1Hamann
  • 6Massey
  • 3Habergham
  • 2Brundle
  • 20Clerima
  • 26Mulley
  • 4Isaac
  • 8Davis
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forWalkerat 73'minutes
  • 15AkinolaSubstituted forBakareat 90+1'minutes
  • 18CoxSubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 9Marks
  • 12Bakare
  • 14Smith
  • 29Pentney

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 3Brown
  • 15Trotman
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6ParkesSubstituted forSinclairat 62'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 16Martin
  • 7MansellBooked at 85mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forBruntat 73'minutes
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forTaylorat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Brunt
  • 10Taylor
  • 24Sinclair
  • 25Puddy
  • 28Wilson
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
1,621

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Michael Bakare (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Michael Bakare replaces Simeon Akinola.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Remy Clerima (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Smith from a direct free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Steven Smith replaces Jordan Cox.

  13. Booking

    Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Post update

    James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Brunt (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

  19. Post update

    James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Remy Clerima (Braintree Town).