National League
BraintreeBraintree Town1Forest GreenForest Green Rovers1
Darren Carter
Darren Carter has previously played in the football league for Northampton and Birmingham

Forest Green Rovers' hopes of automatic promotion from the National League were dented as they were held to a draw by play-off hopefuls Braintree.

Braintree took the lead through Kenny Davis' penalty after Chez Isaac was brought down by James Jennings.

The visitors equalised shortly after through Darren Carter's driven effort into the bottom left-hand corner.

Mitch Brundle nearly won it for Braintree but his firm header struck the bar as the game ended all square.

Forest Green have now drawn their last five games meaning they sit six points behind leaders Cheltenham with just three games remaining, whilst Braintree are one place outside the play-offs in sixth.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought we dominated the game, especially the first half - the penalty was disappointing to concede and from there you're chasing your tail a little bit.

"We scored a good goal and played well first half; the pitch was very bumpy and lively. We're frustrated but we move on.

"Fair play to Cheltenham - they've been consistent enough but I think they've got one hand on the trophy - we've got to keep playing well and make sure we go in to the play-offs in good form."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15Phillips
  • 7BrundleBooked at 90mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 4Isaac
  • 30Woodyard
  • 10Akinola
  • 8DavisBooked at 87minsSubstituted forSparkesat 90'minutes
  • 9MarksSubstituted forCheekat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Sparkes
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Miles
  • 23Cheek
  • 32Powell

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 16Racine
  • 24Carter
  • 3JenningsBooked at 32mins
  • 4CloughBooked at 65mins
  • 9Marsh-BrownBooked at 14minsSubstituted forKellyat 83'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11FrearSubstituted forJeffreyat 75'minutes
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 7Jeffrey
  • 10Kelly
  • 14Moore
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
740

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town).

  4. Post update

    Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Kenny Davis.

  8. Booking

    Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  13. Post update

    Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Jon Parkin.

  16. Post update

    Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chez Isaac with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Anthony Jeffrey replaces Elliott Frear.

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