After a three-week break from competitive action due to the freezing conditions boss Andy Sinton gave new loan signing Jon Brown his competitive debut whilst mid-table Braintree were missing striker Ben Wright and Watford loanee Britt Assombalonga, both suspended, leaving Sean Marks as their main striker.
In a slow start to the game, punctuated by bookings for Chris Blackburn, Sean Marks and Nathan Rooney
, there were no notable chances in the opening quarter; Braintree starting stronger before the Bucks came back into the game. Dean Wells fired over on 32 minutes after Marks and Pat O’Connor had combined on the right, whilst Rooney’s weakly-hit free-kick on 35 minutes was easily saved by Nathan McDonald.
Ryan Valentine was booked as the game threatened to boil over in the latter stages of the first-half but there were no clear scoring opportunities for either side in a half which was high on effort and endeavour but severely lacking in quality or goalmouth activity.
Braintree made a bright start to the second-half and O’Connor tested Young within sixty seconds of the restart, whilst Ryan Peters nearly put through his own goal from Steve Jones’ left-wing cross with McDonald preventing the ball from sneaking over the line.
The Iron's Brendan Kiernan missed a great one-on-one chance on 61 minutes when he poked straight at Young, whilst Jones could have done better at the other end when McDonald denied him after Rooney’s defence-splitting pass. However, Kiernan had another great chance for Braintree when he turned Blackburn and forced an excellent one-handed save from Young.
Telford took advantage of Kiernan’s two missed chances, however, as the Bucks burst into the lead on 75 minutes through loan man Ryan Brooke. Brooke had only been on the pitch for five minutes when his near-post header beat McDonald from Newton’s superb left-wing cross.
Matt Paine flashed an effort across goal for Braintree, but Telford held out to claim a valuable three points and Telford now head to Lincoln City next Saturday with renewed confidence.
1. Ryan Young, 3. Sean Newton, 6. Shane Killock, 9. Kyle Perry, 15. Nathan Rooney
, 18. Chris Blackburn, 22. Jonathan Brown, 23. Ryan Valentine, 25. Chris Sharp, 27. Jay Smith, 29. Stephen Jones.
Substitutes: 16. Dan Preston
, 20. Richard Davies (for Rooney, 83 minutes), 21. Ryan Brooke (for Perry, 70 minutes), 28. Ashley Cain (for Brown, 58 minutes), 32. Ryan Robinson (GK).
1. Nathan McDonald, 2. Ryan Peters, 3. Aswad Thomas, 4. Adam Bailey-Dennis, 5. Matt Paine, 6. Jai Reason, 8. Kenny Davis, 9. Sean Marks, 16. Pat O’Connor, 24. Dean Wells, 26. Brendan Kiernan.
Substitutes: 15. Bradley Quinton (for Kiernan, 70 minutes), 25. Matt Pooley (for O’Connor, 77 minutes), 11. Jamie Guy, 7. Nicky Symons, 22. Ashley Jones(GK).
Mr. Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire)
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