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Braintree Town 2-0 Chester

Braintree strengthened their National League play-off push with a comfortable home victory over Chester.

Mark Phillips gave the home side the lead early on, converting Dan Sparkes' inswinging corner.

Matt Paine soon doubled Braintree's lead, drilling home from another testing Sparkes set-piece.

The Iron pushed for further goals, nearly geting one midway through the second half, but Taylor Miles struck over from Remy Clerima's cross.

Chester had latest free transfer signing James Alabi making his debut, but the visitors could not build on their improved performance after the break.

Steve Burr's side have slipped to within seven points of the relegation zone. having now picked up just one point out of a possible 33 on the road in a run of 10 losses in 11 National League away games.

Including next Saturday's FA Trophy third round tie at Halifax, they are now embarked on a run of five successive away matches.

Chester manager Steve Burr told BBC Radio Merseyside:

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Burr on Braintree v Chester

"It's annoying, as we'd spoken all week on how to deal with their set pieces and that's how the goals came.

"We were camped in their half after the break but could not score.

"James Alabi worked hard but he was feeding off scraps and did not get the best of service.

"We're on a bad run of results in the league but we've got the FA Trophy to look forward to."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 33Crowe
  • 2Clerima
  • 15Phillips
  • 5Paine
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 30Woodyard
  • 8DavisSubstituted forIsaacat 68'minutes
  • 9MarksSubstituted forCheekat 64'minutes
  • 10Akinola
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forMilesat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Isaac
  • 14Miles
  • 17Anderson
  • 22Edgar
  • 23Cheek

Chester

  • 1Worsnop
  • 2Higgins
  • 22HeneghanBooked at 72mins
  • 5George
  • 3Hunt
  • 17Astles
  • 7MahonSubstituted forHughesat 55'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 11ChapellSubstituted forGilchristat 46'minutes
  • 9HannahBooked at 77mins
  • 23AlabiSubstituted forSharpsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sharps
  • 8Shaw
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Thompson
  • 20Gilchrist
Referee:
Nigel Lugg
Attendance:
727

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamChester
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Chester FC 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 2, Chester FC 0.

Attempt missed. Remy Clerima (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Taylor Miles.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

Offside, Braintree Town. Sam Habergham tries a through ball, but Sam Habergham is caught offside.

Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

Sam Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Luke George (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Sam Hughes (Chester FC).

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Ross Hannah (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Chester FC).

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Dan Sparkes.

Foul by Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town).

Luke George (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Ian Sharps replaces James Alabi.

Booking

Ben Heneghan (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Johnny Hunt (Chester FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Chez Isaac replaces Kenny Davis.

Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Chester FC) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Michael Cheek replaces Sean Marks.

Attempt missed. Luke George (Chester FC) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Rooney.

Corner, Chester FC.

Corner, Chester FC.

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