Match ends, AFC Telford United 1, Braintree Town 3.
AFC Telford United remain rooted to the bottom of the Conference following a home defeat by Braintree.
Goalkeeper Freddy Hall made three early saves before Charlie Strutton opened the scoring for the Iron from 18 yards.
Strutton doubled the lead with a volley from the edge of the box before Sean Marks' close-range finish made it three before half-time.
Telford briefly threatened a comeback when Tony Gray netted from six yards, but Braintree held on to win.
Improving Telford, who had reached the second round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, had lost only twice in eight matches in all competitions prior to the Braintree defeat.
AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"No excuses. I have to look at myself after the first-half performance. If I'm honest, the game was gone at half time. We didn't have any energy, desire or commitment to win.
We showed a little bit of character in the second half but the game was gone. We haven't been able to collect the points of late and in this league you need legs.
"It's an excuse to use Tuesday night as the reason for today's performance. Too many players were heard chirping on about the FA Cup before the game, and if you do that you can easily play yourself out of the game."
- 20PokuBooked at 24mins
- 12CookeSubstituted forBrownhillat 46'minutes
- 14HancockSubstituted forBarnettat 46'minutes
- 9FarrellSubstituted forSmithat 46'minutes
- 23PetersSubstituted forBrundleat 73'minutes
- 15AkinolaSubstituted forSparkesat 83'minutes
- 10StruttonSubstituted forDavisat 63'minutes
- Robert Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 1, Braintree Town 3.
Attempt blocked. James Mulley (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).
James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Rod McDonald (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).
Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.
Offside, AFC Telford United. Tony Gray tries a through ball, but Tony Gray is caught offside.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Simeon Akinola.
Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Offside, Braintree Town. Sean Marks tries a through ball, but Sean Marks is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Hand ball by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Corner, Braintree Town.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Mitch Brundle replaces Ryan Peters.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Attempt blocked. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Tony Gray (AFC Telford United).
Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.