Iron hit the Lambs for number six
27 September 2011
Following the last minute equaliser against Stockport on Saturday, Marcus Law brought his squad and indeed Tamworth to Braintree's Cressing Road ground for the first time to face the promoted side and Alan Devonshire's squad were enjoying a third place in the league and a run of five games without defeat and only one goal conceded going into the match.
The Lambs boss made three changes to the side, bringing in McDonald, Patterson and Christie to the starting eleven.
The hosts got the omatch underway with Tamworth kicking away from the clubhouse end of the ground as The Iron headed straight for goal with Paine lofting a long range shot into the terracing.
The home side kept the ball inside the Lambs half for the majority of the opening couple of minutes but Tamworth did manage to push the ball into the final third on 4 although Bradley's final ball in was too long and high for anyone to do anything with.
Chilaka made a nuisance of himself against Francis and won a corner on 5 but it came to nothing, then as the shout from the small troop of travelling Lambs rang out around the ground, Christie almost took control of a skipped pass from McDonald but it was just too quick and his namesake in the home goal collected.
Another corner came for Braintree n 10, this time from the left and Davis almost converted at the far post after a flick on fro Chilaka.
Thomas put the ball into box from the left on 15 and Patterson met it with a deft back heel but the covering defender blocked well and a deeper higher ball from Habergham a minute later was just too high for the same player.
Thomas fired low into McDonald's arms shortly after and Tamworth continued to enjoy possession with Christie forging his way into the area on 18.
On 23 A ball from the left fell kindly for Bradley, and his air shot and subsequent foul by Aswad Thomas earned him a freekick and the Braintree player a booking. McDonald and Smith stood over the ball and the former tried to lift it over the wall from a yard outside the box but only succeeded in clearing the covered terrace behind the goal.
Tamworth won a corner on 28 on the right and Habergham's ball found Francis at the far post, but the home defence was strong and broke down ot the other end, where a piece of poor defending from McDonald let Reason time on the left of the box and he duly chipped Hedge from an angle and into the far corner. (0-1, 29 mins)
Almost a minute later and straight from the kick off McDonald received the ball and chipped his namesake from distance on the left while the home faithful were shouting for an offside which never came. (1-1, 30, mins)
There was a stop in play a couple of minutes later as Chilaka got treatment just outside of Hedge's area, eventually hobbling off and being replaced.
McDonald went for a second with a hopeful left footed strike from the left wing, which McDonald was happy to watch out past his far post and take the goal kick.
Aswad Thomas stretched to get his boot onto a half chance on the left of the Lambs box on 38 but could only lift the ball high and wide of the mark under pressure from Tait.
Habergham collapsed to the floor by the corner flag on 41 and needed treatment, as did Danny Thomas who was attended to by the opposition physio before being replaced.
From the restart in play, Braintree exerted some pressure and won a corner on the left. The referee needed to sort out some argy bargy in the area before Shariff and then Christie got in the way of Iron balls forward.
Three minutes added time was shown at the end of the first half, and Hedge rushed out to boot the ball away from any sort of danger after Reason tried to thread it through to Marks shortly before the whistle blew.
Mills replaced Bradley prior to the Lambs starting off the second period and after a quick trip upfield Town won possession but a couple of niggly early fouls switched it back and forth between the two sides.
On 48 a through ball for Marks saw him try and lift the ball over Hedge from 35 yards with Green covering but he only managed to put it into the gratefully receiving hands of the Lambs keeper.
A slip and missed clearance allowed Marks a quick shot at goal on 51 from the left of the area, but he was off target with his effort.
Yiadom found space on the right of the box on 53 and Hedge came out and forced the ball away with a well timed tackle but there was a booking for Francis on 55 for a not particularly well timed challenge on the left wing.
The freekick came in and Christie headed it up in the air forcing Hedge to push it over the bar for a corner and although Tamworth cleared that one, Habergham put it behind a minute or so later for another.
A second goal for the home side came n 63 when The Lambs failed to clear the danger on the right and when the ball made its way across the box and found its way to Yiadom he duly curled into the far bottom right corner (1-2, 62 mins)
Mills fired in a low shot from the right a minute later and Bailey-Dennis cleared it over his own bar for a corner which Mills met with a header at the far post but was unable to get any power on it or direct it the right side of the post.
St. Aimie came into the fray with just over 20 to go as The Lambs but at the other end Hedge almost juggled a backpass too much and had to be quick not to use his hands unwittingly.
A corner was then won by the home side and after two attempted shots from distance the ball fell invitingly for Wright who forced hedge into a leap to his left, but the striker didn't force a save with a shot that powered a few feet wide of the right hand upright.
Tamworth worked the ball into the box on 78 with a large number of close touch passes but the final shot from Shariff was blocked and went high over the bar for a corner which was cleared and Francis and Tait combined to deal with a neat slow attempted pass through the back line.
Wright looked for Marks in the area on 81 with a cross on the turn to the far post, but only managed to put it out of play when there were perhaps better options open to him.
Shariff let a good chance go begging on 84, but cleared the target from inside the area in the best goalscoring opportunity of the half for his side.
Christie was penalised for a push in the opposition area on 87 and as the home side broke Green was then penalised for a pull down outside the penalty area at the other area and Braintree lined up a free kick which Wright fired low into the centre of the area for Reason to rifle home from 8 yards. (1-3, 89 mins) and four minutes of added time were shown.
Devonshire replaced both his goalscorers in added time to allow them the applause of the home faithful prior to the final whistle blowing on their sixth straight victory.
Hedge, Tait, Habergham, Francis, Smith, McDonald, Patterson (St. Aimie 69), Green, Bradley (Mills HT), Thomas (Shariff 42), Christie
Subs: Courtney, Cain
Yellow Cards: Francis 55
Braintree Town Team:
McDonald, Peters, Thomas, Bailey-Dennis, Paine, Reason (Quinton 90), Syoms, Davis, Mark, Yiadom (Johnson 90), Chilaka (Wright 36)
Subs: O'Connor, Jones
Yellow Cards: McDonald 23
Referee: Mr. J. Amey