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Braintree Town 2-1 Kidderminster Harriers

Braintree midfielder Matt Paine's spectacular strike earned victory over Kidderminster Harriers to lift his side into the National League's top five.

Chez Isaac clipped past keeper Dean Snedker from Michael Cheek's pass for Braintree's opener on 29 minutes.

Harriers levelled on 49 minutes when Luke Maxwell crashed in off the bar.

But, when Snedker headed clear on 61 minutes, Paine lobbed the ball back over his head from 45 yards to seal three points for the hosts.

Harriers remain 10 points adrift of safety after their third straight defeat, with 10 matches to go, heading into this weekend's trip to fellow strugglers Torquay.

The Gulls are now five points above them following former Harriers striker Nathan Blissett's two goals in their 2-1 win at Macclesfield.

Harriers boss Colin Gordon told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"It's an unbelievable goal to concede. I suppose it's karma for them for what Guiseley did to them on Saturday.

"But I was very proud with the way we played on a terrible pitch. We've had all the credit in the world from their manager and their players, which is great.

"People will say 'Yeah well, you've lost again', but it's not about now. We can't half-do these things. We are 100% behind playing the game the right way and I guarantee that we will succeed.

"Braintree are on a very good run but we came here and scared them to death. Our performance was every bit as good as in the games we've won."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 7Brundle
  • 15Phillips
  • 8DavisBooked at 82mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 5Paine
  • 4Isaac
  • 30Woodyard
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forGardnerat 90+3'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 69'minutes
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forMilesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 33Crowe

Kidderminster

  • 13Snedker
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 29Lowe
  • 24FaneSubstituted forPatrickat 80'minutes
  • 17Kinsella
  • 5Langmead
  • 18JonesSubstituted forWilliamsat 46'minutes
  • 4MaxwellBooked at 90mins
  • 11Gnahoua
  • 9Garnett
  • 34Whitfield

Substitutes

  • 10Patrick
  • 21Williams
  • 26Brown
  • 27Francis-Angol
  • 36McQuilkin
Referee:
David Rock

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamKidderminster
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 2, Kidderminster Harriers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Omari Patrick (Kidderminster Harriers).

  4. Post update

    Joe Gardner (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Joe Gardner replaces Simeon Akinola.

  6. Booking

    Luke Maxwell (Kidderminster Harriers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke Maxwell (Kidderminster Harriers).

  8. Post update

    Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Arthur Gnahoua (Kidderminster Harriers).

  10. Post update

    Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Kidderminster Harriers).

  12. Post update

    Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Braintree Town. Sean Marks tries a through ball, but Sean Marks is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

  15. Post update

    Jared Hodgkiss (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  16. Booking

    Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  18. Post update

    Arthur Gnahoua (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Taylor Miles (Braintree Town).

  20. Post update

    Ben Whitfield (Kidderminster Harriers) wins a free kick.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham362310366234379
2Forest Green36246662342878
3Grimsby331711566293762
4Braintree33169839261357
5Tranmere351691045341157
6Wrexham361681260441656
7Gateshead34167114449-555
8Eastleigh33158105145653
9Dover321571056441252
10Lincoln City351410115446852
11Woking35147145748949
12Macclesfield35153174842648
13Bromley34145155657-147
14Aldershot34136154047-745
15Southport35119153549-1442
16Chester34109154150-939
17Barrow33109144360-1739
18Guiseley34912133249-1739
19Boreham Wood34811153034-435
20Altrincham33810153255-2334
21Halifax3389164768-2133
22Torquay3278173760-2329
23Welling3568212550-2526
24Kidderminster3659223558-2324
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