National League
BraintreeBraintree Town1CheltenhamCheltenham Town0
Michael Cheek
Michael Cheek's goal was his 11th of the season for Braintree

Braintree checked Cheltenham's National League title charge courtesy of Michael Cheek's second-half header.

Cheltenham stay top of the table by a point ahead of Forest Green, but never got into their stride at Cressing Road.

The Robins survived a goalmouth scramble and a half-volley from Cheek before the break.

Chez Isaac crossed for Cheek to head home the winner after the interval and Braintree held on for a deserved win as Asa Hall struck the home side's post.

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "It's always disappointing when you lose a game - we knew what to expect from them but we couldn't handle it.

"They've done very well and we weren't good enough to break them down and when we were, it was given offside.

"Some of the boys didn't perform today, they showed energy and work rate but maybe their mindset has gone a bit and they're not believing that they're top of the league."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15Phillips
  • 4IsaacBooked at 55mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 8Davis
  • 30Woodyard
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forBrundleat 76'minutes
  • 23CheekSubstituted forMarksat 68'minutesSubstituted forEdgarat 86'minutes
  • 10Akinola

Substitutes

  • 7Brundle
  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 32Powell

Cheltenham

  • 31Flatt
  • 2BarthramBooked at 15mins
  • 6Parslow
  • 14Hall
  • 3McLennan
  • 15BurgessBooked at 69mins
  • 11MunnsBooked at 32minsSubstituted forPellat 46'minutes
  • 4StorerBooked at 32mins
  • 18RoweSubstituted forMorgan-Smithat 46'minutes
  • 30HolmanBooked at 10mins
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 7Pell
  • 8Waters
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 21Cranston
  • 25Lovett
Referee:
Constantine Hatzidakis
Attendance:
1,138

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

  4. Post update

    Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

  6. Post update

    Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar tries a through ball, but Anthony Edgar is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Edgar.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Sean Marks because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Burgess (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Post update

    Sean Marks (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

    Attempt saved. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Mitch Brundle replaces Dan Sparkes.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Storer with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

  18. Post update

    Dan Holman (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Braintree Town. Alex Woodyard tries a through ball, but Alex Woodyard is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

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