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Braintree Town 1-0 Dover Athletic

Braintree moved up to sixth place in the National League table with a clinical win that ended high-flying Dover Athletic's five-game winning run.

The hosts edged the midfield battle in a hard-fought tussle and deservedly went ahead just before the break.

Michael Cheek proved the matchwinner, pouncing on a rebound after Simeon Akinola's shot was saved.

Cheek and Dover's Toby Ajala had half-chances after the interval, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Dover remain third but missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Forest Green Rovers, who lost to Eastleigh.

Line-ups

Braintree

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Norris
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
  • 7Brundle
  • 5Paine
  • 14Miles
  • 23CheekBooked at 68mins
  • 22EdgarSubstituted forMarksat 72'minutes
  • 30Woodyard
  • 3Habergham
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forWalkerat 90+4'minutes
  • 2Clerima

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 20Walker
  • 24Baxter
  • 25Walker
  • 31Haigh

Dover

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Walker
  • 6Orlu
  • 15Grimes
  • 17DeverdicsBooked at 35mins
  • 20GibbsBooked at 18minsSubstituted forMagriat 57'minutes
  • 16SterlingBooked at 44mins
  • 18Parkinson
  • 12AjalaSubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes
  • 21Thomas
  • 9MillerSubstituted forModesteat 60'minutes
  • 23Payne

Substitutes

  • 2Magri
  • 7Modeste
  • 10Murphy
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
  • 30Rafferty
Referee:
Mark Pottage
Attendance:
637

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamDover
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Alfie Walker replaces Simeon Akinola because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Jeremy Walker replaces Chez Isaac because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Tom Murphy with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tom Murphy replaces Toby Ajala.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) header from the right side of the box is saved.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dover Athletic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Anthony Edgar.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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