National League
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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:

"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."



Formation 4-4-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 6Sharps
  • 8Shaw
  • 12Hughes
  • 13Thompson
  • 20Gilchrist
Nigel Lugg

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamChester
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 2, Chester FC 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Heneghan (Chester FC).

  6. Post update

    Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Chester FC.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

  10. Post update

    John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

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

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

  14. Post update

    Sam Hughes (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Luke George (Chester FC).

  16. Post update

    Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

  18. Post update

    Luke George (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hughes (Chester FC).