New 'Bring a Friend' initiative for Havant match
The Club - The Supporters - Brad & the lads - all in it together!
For our next Vanarama National League game at home to Havant & Waterlooville, scheduled for the last Saturday of October - the 28th - the Club are introducing a new initiative to get the crowds back and supporting the team.
With the lads having made a fine start to the current season, were all working hard behind the scenes at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium to back Brad and the lads after hitting the top of the table.
Every season ticket holder will be encouraged to support the lads by bringing a friend or group of friends for the reduced admission price of just £10 each!
We're also keen to make it worth it for Iron season ticket holders!
Not only will you help generate a crowd to back Brad & the Lads but, for every friend brought to the game, Iron season ticket holders will receive a voucher offering either a 10% discount in the Club Shop or a pint of either IPA or Carlsberg in the Clubhouse pre-match for just £2.50!
Chairman Lee Harding was quick to emphasise the importance of the new initiative: "We've had a tough year or so at the Club, but Brad and the lads have turned our fortunes around. For a new side, it was a tremendous achievement to be top of the league after just thirteen games, but we all know that's when the really hard work starts and they need our backing. The lads are playing some great football this season and the idea of the 'Bring a Friend' initiative is to help us spread the word that entertaining, attacking football is back at the Club!"
The Club - The Supporters - Brad & the lads - all in it together!

Third successive league win puts Iron top
Braintree respond to conceding early
A stirring second half display from Iron saw them come back from a goal down to run out comfortable winners against Gloucester City at Evesham's Jubilee Stadium on Saturday and with the three points putting them top of the table for the first time this season.
It did take a frank half-time talking to by manager Brad Quinton to completely change the game with Iron showing far more tempo and playing with much more pace after the interval and they should have won by a bigger margin.
"I was certainly not happy with their first half performance and told them so in no uncertain terms at half time," said Quinton. "But credit to them all because they came back out with this time the right attitude and commitment playing the football I know they can play.
"We upped the tempo and dominated across the park and were in total control and really should have scored five or six goals," he added. "Their response was excellent but they should have done so in the first half."
With Jon Muleba out injured allowing Mahrez Bettache to make his full debut Quinton also dropped Osa Obanwonyi, Taylor Campbell and Roman Michael-Percil to the bench being replaced by Christian Frimpong, Samir Bihmoutine and Karl Oliyide.
Iron started well in the first quarter of an hour but it all went to pieces on 18 minutes when an uncharacteristic error at the back by skipper Marc Okoye gifted the ball straight to the feet of Karnell Chambers who didn't hesitate to skip free and drive the ball past exposed keeper Nathan McDonald.
For a while Iron struggled to get their game together although both Phil Roberts and Alfred Mugabo saw shots narrowly miss the target and on 36 minutes Billy Crook almost snatched an equaliser from a right wing cross from Mugabo but his header was just wide of the target.
With their ears burning from Quinton's half-time team-talk, Iron came out for the second half a totally different team with just one change of personnel that saw Mugabo replaced by Michael-Percil.
The effect was immediate as Iron were level on 47 minutes when Roberts was given a superb through ball by Oliyide and he strode clear to strike the ball into the net.
Four minutes later the Iron were in front when Roberts volleyed home a first time shot having been set up by Okoye who was making up for his earlier mistake for giving the home side the lead.
On 54 minutes, with Iron rampant and looking dangerous every time they cross the half way line, the game was effectively over as a contest when they again broke clear to escape the home defence and, from a Crook flick-on, Oliyide's quick, first-time shot hit the inside of the home side's post to almost break the net with its force.
Now completely dominating the game the Iron should have added more goals with first Roberts failing to complete his hat-trick with a lob shot over the stranded home keeper, then Michael-Percil, Luke Allen and substitute Campbell all squandering chances."Yes, it was a much better second half performance but we can't afford to start as sloppy as we did in this game, gifting the opposition a goal," added Quinton. "We just need to keep going, be consistent and show the commitment from the first whistle."
Braintree Town: McDonald; Bettache, Gabriel, Frimpong, Okoye; Mugabe (Michael-Percilo 45), Crook, Allen, Bihmoutine (Campbell 77); Oliyide, Roberts (Wynter 81). Unused subs: Grant, Obanwonyi. Referee: James Durkin. Attendance: 324.
Next up for Iron is an Essex Senior Cup third round tie at home to Southend Manor on Tuesday, kick off: 7.45pm.

Gloucester City Preview
Sat 7 October 2017 - Gloucester C v Braintree T
In 2016/17 Gloucester C finished in 10th place in the National League North on 64 points. Their home record last season was: P 21 Won 10 Lost 8 Drew 3 GF 41, GA 30. Their home record this season is: P 6 Won 2 Lost 2 Drawn 2 GF 6 GA 8 Pts 8
Last 4 home results: Lost 0-3 v Hungerford T (FA Cup), Drew 1-1 v Hampton & R, Lost 0-1 v Havant & W, Won 2-1 v Bath C. Top scorers this season: Ed Williams & Joe Parker - 4, Robbie Cundy - 2.
Braintree T last 4 away games: Lost 4-1 v Brackley T (FA Cup), Won 1-2 (FAC) v Royston T, Won 0-1 v Concord R, Lost 4-3 v Hemel Hempstead T. Top Braintree Town Scorers: Roberts - 10, Crook - 5 (4p), Oliyide - 4, Allen - 3. Braintree Town are currently in 2nd place on 24 points, Gloucester C in 13th on 15 points. Squad news: Scott Shulton has been released.
Gloucester C have not won in their last 5 games, whilst Braintree remain inconsistent on their travels, shipping early goals and periods of collapse in the second half of games. So far at home this season, the Tigers have an equal number of wins, draws & losses, so one of those must change. Their home wins have come against Bath C and Hemel Hempstead T, two teams that currently sit above them in mid-table. Brad will be looking for a response after last week's F.A. Cup exit. The stats show that the Iron remains a goal threat, but of their 17 goals conceded so far in the league, 13 have been on their travels. I wouldn't put any money on a 0-0 draw any time soon!

STOP PRESS - GLOUCESTER CITY FOR A FIVER
Gloucester City have announced plans for reduced admission for tomorrow's home game against Braintree Town, as part of Non-League Day 2017. Should you own a season ticket from any sporting club, you will be able to gain admission for just £5. Other admission prices are £13 Adults, £7 Concessions and free for those aged 12 and under.

Talking with Jon Muleba
Asking Zinedine Zidane why?
DOB: 4/9/1995 (22) Born: Bujumbura (Burundi)
Previous clubs: L=Loan - Chelsea (U18), Bournemouth (U21), Poole T (L), Gosport (L), Bishops Stortford (L), Enfield T
Position: Right Back
Q. What is your job?
A. Personal Trainer
Q. Who do you support?
A. Arsenal
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Thierry Henry
Q. Who is your favourite band/singer?
A. Chipmunk
Q. What is your favourite meal?
A. Chinese takeaway
Q. What sort of things do you enjoy doing away from the game?
A. 10 pin bowling
Q. Who did you play with at Chelsea?
A. Ruben Loftus-Cheek & Nathan Ake
Q. Which coach has taught you the most?
A. Adrian Viveash, my Youth Team Coach at Chelsea
Q. What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
A. Never play within yourself
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - fitness & endurance. Weakness - heading
Q. You make a lot of runs down the right flank, do you do extra training?
A. Yes, I take my fitness very seriously
Q. Who have been the most difficult opponent so far this season?
A. East Thurrock U
Q. You've played at U20 level for the Democratic Republic of Congo, what was that like, do you hope to represent them at full international level?
A. It was unexpected and a very good experience. I played in Spain for them against Chile. I would like to go on and represent them at full international level
Q. At what level do you think you can play?
A. I'll be playing in the Premier League in a few years
Q. How do you sit with on away trips?
A. Alfred Mugabo
Q. The team seems to have gelled really quickly, why is that?
A. I think it's due to our backgrounds; we've had similar upbringings and the same foundations.
Q. Have you been fined and what for?
A. Yes, I'm on the fines committee. I've been fined for being late for training and for arriving late for games
Q. You recently scored your first goal for the club, what is your overall record like?
A. (laughs) I score one every couple of seasons; I'll score eight this season
Q. If you could question any footballer who would it be and what would you ask them?
A. Zinedine Zidane, why did he head butt Materazzi in the World Cup Final
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be and why?
A. Pep Guardiola, for his philosophies. He's second to none
Q. Where will Braintree finish this season?
A. We're going for straight promotion

Truro visit postponed
Match to be rescheduled for a Tuesday evening before December
Following Braintree Town's exit in the Emirates FA Cup and Truro City's progression in the competition, the Vanarama National League South match at home to Truro City, originally scheduled for Saturday, 14th October, has now been postponed. The new date will be announced in due course.

Manner of Cup exit leaves BQ fuming
Early goal costs Iron
Iron were unceremoniously dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup at Brackley Town's St James Park on Saturday and they can have no complaints either following their worst performance of the season, one which left manager Brad Quinton fuming with anger at the final whistle.
Lacking commitment and desire from practically all of his players from the first whistle he declared: "I'm very, very angry and bitterly disappointed from what I received from my squad of players today.
"There was no effort, desire or determination from the whole team, most of all who really failed to turn up for the game," he continued. "We had a game plan which we had worked out beforehand but it all went out of the window from the off.
"It's very difficult to accept this kind of poor performance and me along with my staff now have to sit down and analyse everything and put it right because what went on today was totally unacceptable," he added. "The chance of a decent cup has now gone and the players are to blame but we have to put things right for our next league game."
Iron behind after just three minutes when Glenn Walker was given three successive chances to score with the visiting defence all at sea and drove the ball home at that third attempt past keeper Nathan McDonald.
With the Iron players showing no cohesion or determination both individually and collectively they were fortunate not have conceded a second goal on the half hour when Alex Gudger saw his header come off the post and cleared.
Any hope the Iron might salvage a draw completely disappeared within a two minute spell early in the second half when first the unmarked Luke Graham headed home from a right wing corner and almost immediately calamitous schoolboy defending by the Iron allowed right-back Ellis Myles to stride through and fire a shot straight at McDonald which the keeper should have saved.
It went from bad to worse for the Iron on 68 minutes when Aaron Williams again made light work of dreadful Iron defending to easily poke the ball into the net for the home side's fourth goal.
Despite Iron three Iron substitutions they hardly improved although late in the game Karl Oliyide came on and scored what was merely a consolation goal and much against the run of play.
There was relief at the final whistle for the loyal band of Iron supporters who had witnessed a poor display by their side and lucky that the home side had not won by an even bigger margin.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba (Frimpong 78), Gabriel, Obanwonyi. Okoye; Mugabo, Allen, Crook, Campbell (Grant 57); Michael-Percil (Oliyide 62). Roberts. Unused subs: Baxter, Bettache, Bihmoutine, Wynter. Attendance: 383. Referee: Tom Reeve.

Brackley Town Preview
Sat 30 September 2017 - Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying
In 2016/17 Brackley Town finished in 7th place in the National League North on 73 points. Their home record last season was: P 21 Won 9 Lost 6 Drew 6 GF 27, GA 21 Pts 33. Their home record this season is: P 6 Won 4 Drawn 2 Lost 0 F 9 A 3 Pts 14. Last 4 home results: Drew 2-2 v Curzon A, Drew 0-0 v Tamworth, Won 2-0 v Kidderminster, Won 2-0 v Spennymoor T. Scorers this season: Armson - 6, Ndlovu - 4, Williams & Brown - 2, Walker, Graham., Lowe, Myles & OG - 1
Braintree T last away games: Won 1-2 (FAC) v Royston T, Won 0-1 v Concord R, Lost 4-3 v Hemel Hempstead T, Won 1-2 v Oxford C. Braintree Town Scorers: Roberts - 10, Crook - 5, Oliyide & Allen - 3, Shulton & Michael-Percil - 2, Wynter, Okoye, Maluba, Wyatt & OG - 1. In their respective Leagues, Braintree Town are currently in 2nd place on 24 points, Brackley Town in 3rd on 23 points.
Our hosts for the next game on the road to Wembley are high flying National League North contenders Brackley Town. There squad features several ex Solihull Moors players who were successful at this level previously. They are currently unbeaten at home and will certainly fancy their chances on their own patch. They progressed through the last qualifying round with a convincing 3-0 win at Kingstonian. Braintree overcame Royston Town in the previous round, drawing 2-2 at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium, before completing a 2-1 victory in the replay. With Shulton starting a three match ban following the red card he received in that replay, the door is open for someone to step forward and gain themselves a first team start. With Roberts goal tally now in double figures for the season and nine other players off the mark, can the Iron defence hold firm to secure progress?

Talking with Luke Allen
Importance of the third man!
DOB: 22/2/93 (24) Born: Basildon
Previous clubs (L=Loan): Cambridge U, Cambridge C (L), Hemel Hempstead T, St Albans C, Tonbridge A
Position: Midfield
Q. What is your job?
A. Senior Associate in finance.
Q. Who do you support?
A. Manchester U.
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Paul Scholes.
Q. Who is your favourite band/singer?
A. Ed Sheeran.
Q. What is your favourite holiday destination?
A. Las Vegas.
Q. What do you enjoy doing away from the game?
A. I play golf.
Q. Why did you decide to join Braintree?
A. I wanted to play at a higher level and I like Brad's passing game.
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strength - third man run (Lampard goals), weakness - don't score enough headed goals.
Q. What is the best ground you've played at?
A. M K Dons.
Q. Do you have a role model you base your game on?
A. When I was younger I enjoyed watching Lampard, Beckham & Scholes - goal scoring midfielders.
Q. You scored direct from a free kick against Whitehawk, who decides who is taking the kick?
A. I scored 6 last season for Tonbridge, it's me or Phil that will normally take them.
Q. Who has given you the best advice in your career to date?
A. When I was 19 at Cambridge City, their manager was Gary Roberts, he told me to play each game as it comes, enjoy my football and play with a smile.
Q. At what level do you think you can play?
A. I'd like to achieve playing in the Football League.
Q. Who is the funniest player at the club?
A. Billy Crook is funny, Osa for his funny personality.
Q. How does training here compare with previous clubs?
A. There are a lot more technical drills here.
Q. What have you made of the team's performances so far, what needs to improve?
A. We're playing some nice football. The lads have gelled well, just need to stop leaking goals. It was disappointing to lose at my former club Hemel.
Q. Who is the best and worst dresser?
A. Best - Phil Roberts, worst - Nathan McDonald.
Q. Who is the best passer at the club?
A. Billy Crook.
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be and why?
A. Alex Ferguson, he had that winning mentality.
Q. Where will Braintree finish this season?
A. We're going for promotion, so top three.

County Cup News
Iron to host Southend Manor in October
Braintree Town have been drawn at home to Southend Manor in the Essex Senior Cup Third Round. Following the Club's return to the regional game, the Club will once again be treating this match as a first team fixture. The match has been scheduled for a fortnight on Tuesday, 10th October, kick-off at 7.45pm, with manager Brad Quinton looking to give squad members game time. Admission for this match will be reduced as follows: adults-£5, concessions-£3 and Under 18s-£2.

High Five for Braintree
Great saves from Nathan set up big win
Braintree Town moved up to second in the Vanarama National League South table after an impressive five-goal victory over visitors Hungerford Town at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday.
But the outcome could have been different if Iron keeper Nathan McDonald hadn't pulled off a couple of excellent saves early in the first half.
With just fourteen minutes on the clock, a corner from Hungerford's Louis Soares was met eight yards out by Gareth Thomas and his half-volley was brilliantly tipped over the bar by McDonald.
The visitors shaded the first half an hour, continued to press and McDonald had to be full stretch to hold a low drive from Soares.
But the tide turned in the 31st minute. Referee Will Finnie played the advantage as Roberts was upended in a neat interchange with Allen and Michael-Percil which ended with the latter rocketing the ball into the top right corner from all of 25 yards.
Four minutes later Roberts burst through the Hungerford defence and slipped the ball to Michael-Percil. He dribbled past two defenders before deftly finding the back of the net.
Four minutes before the interval the game was as good as over as a contest when Roberts lobbed Ward after Crook's quickly taken free kick.
After the break, the visitors tried to respond with a 58th minute triple substitution. But Braintree continued to dominate and, in the 67th minute, Jon Muleba capitalised on Read's error, feeding Roberts who finished coolly for the fourth goal.
Iron continued to torment the visitors defence and, with four minutes remaining, there was time for a fifth goal from Wyatt, stretching to convert after Ward had parried Wynter's initial effort.
Braintree manager Brad Quinton was pleased after the game: "Yes, delighted with the five goals and the play that led up to them. It was good to see the goals spread around the side. But we must also give a bit of praise to Nathan who made a couple of worldy saves to keep us in the game at 0-0. Had we conceded early on, the outcome could have been so different."
Iron remain a point of the leaders and can now turn their attention to next Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying tie at Brackley Town, kick-off 3pm.
Braintree Town: McDonald, Muleba, Gabriel, Obamwonyi, Okoye, Mugabo, Allen (Bettache - 72m), Crook, Roberts (Oliyide - 67m), Michael-Percil (Wynter - 75m), Wyatt. Unused Subs - Frimpong, Campbell. Hungerford Town: Ward, Tyler, Stonehouse, Herring (Rees - 58m), Read, Thomas, Clark (Simpson - 58m), Willmoth, Brown, Bignall (Lawrence - 58m), Soares. Unused Subs - Boardman, Beachamp. Referee: Will Finnie. Attendance 475.

Hungerford Preview
Last season's top six side visit
Sat 23 September 2017 - Braintree T v Hungerford T
In 2016/17 Hungerford Town finished in 6th place in the National League South on 70 points. Their away record last season was: P 21 Won 7 Lost 7 Drew 7 GF 30, GA 32 Pts 28. Their away record this season is: P 5 Won 2 Lost 2 Drawn 1 GF 6 GA 7 Pts 7. Last 4 away results: Won 0-3 (FAC) v Gloucester C, Won 1-2 v Bognor Regis T, Won 1-2 v Poole T, Lost 3-2 v Welling. Scorers this season: L Soares - 5, L. Hopper & N. Bignall - 2, J. Clark, L. Williams, S. Brown, S. Ngamvoulou, C. Willmoth & OG - 1.
Braintree T last four home games: Drew 1-1 (FAC) v Royston T, Drew 1-1 v Welling, Won 1-0 v St Albans C, Won 2-1 v Hampton & R. Braintree Town Scorers: Roberts - 8, Crook - 5 (4p), Oliyide & Allen - 3, Shulton - 2, Wynter, Okoye, Maluba & OG - 1. BraintreeTown are currently in 6th place on 21 points, Hungerford Town in 12th on 14 points.
Braintree's last league game in October brings the visit of Hungerford Town, who like their hosts have 7 points from a possible 12 in September. Whilst the Iron will not be able to equal the two points per game average of the opening month of the season, they are in amongst a group of 6 clubs separated by just one point at the top of the table.
The Iron have yet to win a game by more than one goal, but remain unbeaten at home. Chances have been a plenty at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium, we just need a few more of them to hit the back of the net. I feel that this could be yet again another tight encounter in this very competitive league.

Talking with Phil Roberts
who talks about the standard of Scottish football
DOB: 7/4/94 (23) Born: London
Previous clubs: (L=Loan) Norwich C U18, Arsenal, Inverness CT (L), Falkirk, Dundee, Alloa (L), Sligo R, Chelmsford C
Position: Striker
Q. Do you have another job?
A. No
Q. Who do you support?
A. Arsenal
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Thierry Henry
Q. You're on Twitter, who do you follow?
A. Hector Bellerin, my mate from Arsenal
Q. Who is your favourite band/singer?
A. Drake
Q. What is your favourite holiday destination?
A. Albufeira (Portugal)
Q. What is the best ground you've played at?
A. Celtic Park
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - speed/finishing. Weakness - defending
Q. Which manager/coach has taught you the most?
A. Steve Bould at Arsenal
Q. Which player has been your toughest opponent?
A. Virgil Van Dijk
Q. You were at Arsenal as a youth, who did you play with in those squads?
A. Jack Wilshere & Hector Bellerin
Q. You spent a few seasons playing in Scotland, what was that like, what was the standard of football like, would you go back there?
A. Yes it was a good standard which surprised me, would definitely go back there.
Q. How did you come to sign for Braintree?
A. I came here a few years ago when Danny Cowley was here; it was just before I moved to Falkirk. I remembered my time here and a few of the boys and Erroll said I should join.
Q. Your last club was Chelmsford, how can/will you win over the fans here and what sort of reception do you think you'll get when the 2 sides meet over Christmas/New Year?
A. My time there was very sporadic; I didn't play many games and didn't score for them; so I don't think there'll be any hostility. I'll just keep scoring goals
Q. Do you set yourself a goal target, how many do you think you can score this season?
A. I don't set a target, but would like to get twenty this season.
Q. What has been your most memorable goal scored?
A. It was for Inverness CT against Dundee U - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCUKSzxLj34
Q. Who is the best dressed player at the club?
A. Osa Obamwonyi
Q. If you could play alongside any striker, who would it be and why?
A. Wayne Rooney, because his football intelligence and ability to find a pass
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be?
A. Arsene Wenger
Q. Where do you think Braintree will finish this season?
A. Definitely top four!


Iron squeeze through in FA Cup
Shulton dismissal makes it so much tougher for Iron
Iron came through their tricky FA Cup replay at Royston on Tuesday night to claim a place in the Third Round Qualifying and they will now travel to face Brackley Town, a week on Saturday, September 30th.
The evening had started very positively with Iron dominating the game as they kicked downhill. They opened the scoring in the 21st minute when a short corner was returned to Billy Crook. He ran along the goal line before slipping the ball to Phil Roberts who coolly placed the ball past home keeper Joe Welch.
Ten minutes before the break, Marc Okoye came close to extending Iron's lead. His header was cleared off the line but as the ball was played back into the danger area Jon Muleba was on hand to head his side 2-0 ahead.
At half-time Braintree seemed to be cruising but the pendulum swung in the home sides favour early into the second half. Having been fouled and awarded a free-kick, Scott Shulton needlessly lashed out at Royston's Scott Bridges. Match referee Jason Richardson referred to both his assistants before making the decision to give Shulton a straight red card.
It was just what Royston needed to take control of the game. Alfred Mugabo replaced Roman Michael-Percil to shore up the midfield but with Iron dropping deeper and deeper it seemed only a matter of time before the home side would score. Royston hit the bar from a corner and then four minutes later Adam Murray converted a cross to make the score 2-1.
But the Hertfordshire club's numerical advantage only lasted until the 71st minute. Former Chelmsford City player Sam Corcoran recklessly lunged at Phil Roberts in front of the Braintree dugout, giving the referee the simple task of brandishing his second yellow card of the game, followed by a red.
Braintree still sat deep and survived several close shaves, while relying on occasional breakaways. The defence held resolute and survived a nervy six minutes of time added on to the relief of the travelling Iron support.
BRAINTREE: McDonald, Muleba, Gabriel, Okoye, Obamwanyi, Shulton, Allen (Campbell), Crook, Roberts (Wynter), Michael-Percil (Mugabo), Wyatt. Unused subs: Frimpong, Grant, Oliyide and Bettache. Attendance: 251.

Iron travel to Brackley in FA Cup
Vanarama North opposition in next round
Following Tuesday evening's Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying victory at Royston Town, Braintree Town have been drawn away to Vanarama North side Brackley Town in the Third Round Qualifying. This match is scheduled for Saturday, 30th September.

Iron lucky to still be in the Cup
Replay on Tuesday evening
Braintree Town and Royston Town will have to try again on Tuesday evening after Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying tie ended all square at 2-2.
"Our first half performance was a shambles and although we improved a bit in the second half overall it was a poor display - our worse this season," claimed Iron manager Brad Quinton after this surprise draw against Evo-stik South League Royston Town at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday.
"The one bright spot is that we are still in the competition and we have a chance to put things right in Tuesday's replay," he explained. "And we certainly will because this performance cannot be repeated at anytime."
Quinton went on: "In the first half we had no urgency, created no pressure on the opposition, had no tenacity and no real commitment and then when did get ourselves back in the game and take the lead we shot ourselves in the foot defensively.
"It's certainly not the standard we have set at the Club and the overall performance was unacceptable," he added.
His comments about summed up this Iron performance and but for better finishing by the visitors they would have won what was quite a physical encounter, certainly neither side helped by the performance by referee Paul Harris.
The first half belonged to the visitors with Scott Bridges giving them a 22 minute lead from close range after the Iron defence had dithered and with poor marking.
Three minutes after the restart the visitors' Adam Marriott forced a great save from Iron keeper Nathan McDonald and three minutes they should have taken the lead when Jack Vasey was left unmarked at the far post but the striker put his header wide.
The Iron, with Luke Allen coming on as a half time substitute, were reprieved and did get themselves back in the game on 52 minutes when Allen scored from close range after great work down the left by Billy Crook.
Eight minutes later the Iron took the lead when first a Phil Roberts shot came back off the foot of the left-hand post and Karl Oliyide was quickest to react and rifled it home into the net.
But on 67 minutes though another Iron defensive lapse saw the tricky and ex-Lincoln City striker Adam Marriott allowed to come in from the left and fire home an angled shot into the net to equalise.
A minute later the Iron should have taken the lead again following a great right wing run by Oliyide who streaked through to the byline pulling the ball back into the path of Tyler Campbell.
From just six yards out and with an empty goal staring at him, he managed to lift the ball over the bar which perhaps aptly summed up the Iron's afternoon performance.
The game continued to ebb and flow with both sides still having chances to snatch a late winner and the visitors' cause was not helped on 83 minutes when they were reduced to ten men after left-back Romelle Alomenu was shown a second yellow card for a foul - 45 seconds after having received his first yellow for a similar challenge.
But Iron failed to capitalise on the advantage and now have to face a tricky replay at Garden Walk on Tuesday where manager Quinton will expect a vast all round improvement from all his players. Kick off is 7.45pm.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Gabriel, Frimpong, Okoye; Shulton (45 Allen), Mugabo, Crook, Campbell; Roberts (79 Grant), Oliyide. Unused subs: Obamwonyi, Bettache, Wyatt, Wynter, Michael-Percil. Referee: Paul Harris. Attendance: 256.

Royston Preview
Sat 16 September 2017 - F.A. Cup 2nd Round Qualifying - Braintree T v Royston T
Royston Town are currently in 13th place in the Evo Stick South Division. Their away record this season is: P 3 Won 2 Lost 1 Goals For 4, Goals Against 3. Away results this season: Lost 0-1 v Hitchin T, Won 2-3 v Gosport B, Won 0-1 v Farnborough. Scorers this season: Marriott - 3, Frendo, Potton, Castiglione, Braithwaite, Ingrey, Ives, Vasey, Scott & Bridges - 1. They beat Dunstable Town 2-0 at home in the First Round Qualifying.
Braintree T last four home games: Drew 1-1 v Welling, Won 1-0 v St Albans C, Won 2-1 v Hampton & R, Won 2-0 v Chippenham T. Braintree Scorers: Roberts - 7, Crook - 5 (4p), Oliyide, Allen & Shulton - 2, Wynter & Okoye - 1.
Iron take a break from League action to entertain Royston Town who are one Division below us. So far our visitors have only played seven league games, but they've had some good results. While we were winning at Concord on Tuesday evening, Royston beat their league leaders King Lynn Town 2-0 at home. From the list of scorers, it looks as though they have goals available throughout the team. For some, Iron may start as favourites, having more games under their belts. With the all-important prize money on offer for progressing through the rounds, Iron will put out their strongest side as they strive to secure a place in the Third Round Qualifying. Braintree have shown this season that they can score goals but, it's the FA Cup, so you can never tell!

Talking to Coach Barry Bolton
The brains behind the throne!
DOB: 22/2/67 (50) Born: London
Position: 1st team coach
Q. Who do you support?
A. Tottenham H
Q. Who is your favourite all time player?
A. Diego Maradona
Q. What sort of music do you like?
A. Coldplay, deep house
Q. At what level did you play football?
A. I played at county level for Hertford T
Q. What has been your previous coaching experience?
A. I coached at Enfield, managed their reserves and U21's
Q. How did you meet Brad?
A. In a sauna. We did yoga together.
Q. Did you ever see Brad play, what was he like?
A. Yes, he was a good player; he could do with running a bit more!
Q. Any players you have coached that are playing at a higher level?
A. Yes Corey Whitely at Dagenham & Redbridge
Q. Who are the hardest working players in training?
A. Osa Obamwonyi, Jon Muleba & Mahrez Bettache
Q. Which players do you think can plat at a higher level?
A. Phil Roberts, Christian Frimpong, Luke Allen & Jon Muleba
Q. Which game so far has been the most pleasing for you?
A. The 1-0 win over St Albans C. No one could have complained if we'd won that 3 or 4 - nil. Also the 3-0 pre-season win against Reading - I managed the team that day!
Q. What has been the best goal scored so far this season?
A. Luke Allen's free kick against Whitehawk. It was an important goal and could be an important point.
Q. What has been the most disappointing game so far?
A. The second half against Hemel Hempstead. It was the most frustrating half of football as we were in total control of the game.
Q. Have you been impressed by any other side so far?
A, Yes, East Thurrock U. They didn't know how to deal with our midfield then decided to go more direct.
Q. Where will Braintree finish in the league?
A. I'd say conservatively in the top 3. Every manager I've met so far has said we have played the best football. We need to cut out the mistakes and poor defending and also take more of the chances we create.

Iron grind out win
Nathan performs heroics to keep clean sheet
It wasn't at times pretty or entertaining particularly during the heavy rain and blustery second half winds, but Iron returned from the Aspect Arena with a clean sheet and all three points on Tuesday evening.
Nobody was more pleased than manager Brad Quinton who praised his players for their response after the weekend reverse at Hemel Hempstead and said: "It was crucial we came back strongly after that game and I know it was scrappy and untidy at times, particularly in worsening second half conditions, but the players did the job and won.
"I thought we were outstanding in the first half with our pace and play down both wings and we created several good scoring chances and in reality we should have been four or five goals up by the break," he explained. "It's always a worry when you go 1-0 up early on and have so much of the ball, hemming the opposition in their half and creating openings but not taking them.
"That leaves you open to a counter attack and a possible equaliser but the players did an exemplary job in the second half," he continued. "On the rare occasions they break through our keeper Nathan McDonald, who knows he didn't do particularly well last time out, pulled off a couple of really good saves to keep us ahead."
He added: "I had to make changes for this game to help give some players a rest and again we were a bit leggy in the second but full marks to those players who came in to start and also the second half substitutes played their part in this important win."
Iron certainly completely controlled the first half with Phil Roberts opening the scoring on 10 minutes thanks to a somewhat fortuitous ball across from the left by Ricky Gabriel, which bounced off home defender Amos Nasha.
It ran straight into the path of Roberts though who needed no second invitation as he drove the ball low into the net past keeper Louis Wells.
Iron kept opening up the home defence and twice Roberts looked to have scored but first Wells saved brilliantly and then his second effort went just over the bar with the goal gaping in front of him.
Subsequently, Scott Shulton, Roman Michael-Percil, Tyler Campbell and Roberts again all had chances to have scored before the interval while at the other end McDonald pulled off two excellent saves to deny first Steve Cawley and then Lewis Taaffe.
For all their dominance at the break Iron only had the one goal to show when in reality they could have scored several more and put the game to bed.
The home side, who included four ex-Iron players in their side (Matt Paine, Jordan Cox, Harry Lee and Kyron Farrell) were allowed to come more into the game in the second half which became a scrappy affair not helped by the worsening weather conditions.
The home side never really troubled the Iron defence while at the other end tired legs prevent Iron from adding to their score in a game in which they could have won more convincingly.
"I'm happy with the outcome. It wasn't a vintage display and we had to grind a result out in the second half but I never felt we would lose, although again we need to convert our chances and be more clinical in front of goal to win better," added Quinton.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Moleba, Gabriel,Frimpong, Okoye; Schulton, Allen (72 Bettache), Mogabo, Campbell (62 Grant); Roberts, Michael-Percil (58 Wyatt). Unused subs: Wynter, Oliyide. Attendance: 275
Next up for Iron is an Emirates FA Cup tie at home to Royston Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Concord Preview
Familiar names face Iron
In 2016/17 Concord R finished 18th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 10, Lost 20, Drew 12 (42 points). Goals For: 57, Goals Against: 75. Their home record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 6, Lost 9 Drew 7 (25 points). Goals For: 28, Goals Against 37. Last 4 home results: Lost 0-1 v Bath C, Lost 0-2 v Chelmsford C, Won 1-0 v Whitehawk, Drew 2-2 v Truro C. Scorers this season: Steve Cawley - 3, Jordan Cox & Lewis Taffe - 2. The current league table shows Braintree T in 7th on 18pts, Concord R in 21st on 7pts.
Braintree T last four away games: Lost 4-3 v Hemel Hempstead T, Won 1-2 v Oxford C, Drew 1-1 v Whitehawk, Lost 5-3 v East Thurrock U. Braintree Scorers: Roberts - 6, Crook - 5 (4p), Oliyide , Allen & Shulton - 2, Wynter & Okoye - 1.
There will be a few familiar faces lining up against us with former Iron men Matt Paine, Jordan Cox, Harry Lee and last season's loanee, Kyron Farrell now on the Beach Boys playing staff. Concord have now lost five on the bounce and have dropped to second from bottom of the table. Braintree meanwhile have looked vulnerable on their travels and have conceded first in every away game. Our second defeat of the season demands a response like we did following our only other defeat at East Thurrock. Perhaps Brad may feel we need to adopt a more defensive approach on the road, but the most damaging thing he cannot legislate for is individual mistakes.

Kamikaze defending costs Iron
2-1 and coasting, Iron see points slip away
A kamikaze six minute spell of early second half defending by the Iron cost them any chance of returning from Vauxhall Road with as much as a point on Saturday.
Iron had started brightly and were well in command in the first half and had chances to take an early lead, the best one falling to Roberts with his first time shot coming back of home keeper Laurie Walker and moments later Karl Oliyide put his shot into the side netting when he looked easier to score.
Much against the run of play the home took the lead on 21 minutes when Charlie Sheringham slid the ball in at the near post from a low, right wing cross.
On 26 minutes the Iron did equalise when a fierce Billy Crook shot was beautifully headed past his own keeper by ex-Iron player Taylor Miles and, on 34 minutes, it looked as if the Iron had taken the lead when a great first time shot from Scott Shulton hit the underside of the home bar before being scrambled clear with the assistant linesman declaring the whole ball had not cross the line.
Two minutes before the interval and Shulton was not to be denied. A swift move up field by the Iron saw the midfielder from 25 yards strike a sweet, low shot that went into the bottom corner of them home net with Walker well beaten.
Iron started the second half in the same frame of mind and really should have added a third goal with the chances on offer before six minutes of poor defending.
First on 59 minutes a misunderstanding in the Iron back line between them and keeper Nathan McDonald allowed home striker Rowan Liburd to run clear and simply go round McDonald to slide the ball into the net for an equaliser of Sunday-morning quality.
Three minutes later saw McDonald fail to collect a Jordan Parkes free-kick coming in from the right wing which allowed James Kaloczi to scoop the ball over his head into the net.
Three more minutes later it went from bad to worse for the Iron when home skipper Parkes was given room going forward on the left he let go a low shot which McDonald failed to get across to in time leaving the ball to go in off the foot of the near post to make it 4-2.
Iron players were left shell-shocked as was manager Brad Quinton who tried to rally his troops by making three substitutions before the end but, despite a cracking individual goal from Phil Roberts on 75 minutes, Iron could not level things up as they pushed forward late on.
"I am so shocked at what happened because that was very unlike us," said Quinton afterwards. "We had so much control and command of the game until that dizzy spell when we should have been three or four goals to the good.
"When they equalised through our own mistake at the back we should have simply been experienced enough shut down for 10 minutes and not keep giving the ball away which we did," he explained. "But what happened? We shot ourselves in the foot and have only ourselves to blame and from my viewpoint is was frustrating and totally unacceptable.
"But we will sort it out inside the dressing room and ensure it doesn't happen again - I still can't actually believe what happened in that crazy short spell," he added.
Next up for the Iron is an away match at Concord Rangers on Tuesday, kick off 7 45pm.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Wyatt (78 Gabriel), Frimpong, Okoye; Shulton, Allen, Crook, Campbell (85 Michael-Percil); Roberts, Oliyide (67 Wynter ). Unused subs: Obanwonyi, Mugabo. Attendance: 469. Referee: Alex Blake.

Hemel Hempstead Preview
Sat 9 September 2017 - Hemel Hempstead T v Braintree T
In 2016/17 Hemel Hempstead T finished 12th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 15, Lost 15, Drew 12 (57 points). Goals For: 74, Goals Against: 83. Their home record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 9, Lost 6 Drew 6 (33 points). Goals For: 34, Goals Against 36. Last 4 home results: Lost 1-2 v Truro C, Lost 0-3 v Dartford, Won 1-0 v Hampton & RB, Won 3-0 v Whitehawk. Scorers this season: Jordan Parkes, Rowan Liburd - 2, Alex Osborn, Ben Greenhalgh, Callum Driver, Charlie Sheringham, Joe Howe, Tom Hamblin, James Kaloczi - 1. The current league table shows Braintree T in 4th on 18pts, Hemel HT in 9th on 13pts.
Braintree T last four away games: Won 1-2 v Oxford C, Drew 1-1 v Whitehawk, Lost 5-3 v East Thurrock U, Won 2-3 v Eastbourne B. Braintree Scorers: Crook - 5 (4p), Roberts - 5, Oliyide & Allen - 2, Shulton , Wynter & Okoye - 1
Hemel have a sprinkling of goal scorers so far this season, with four of their goals coming from defenders, so may be a threat from dead ball situations. They have former Iron man Taylor Miles in their squad and we know how lethal he can be from free kicks. They have lost their last two home matches having won their two openers. Braintree will be looking to be more ruthless in front of goal having spurned several good opportunities on Tuesday evening whilst at the same time, not offering their hosts a goal start, which has been the way so far on our travels.

Talking with England's Number 1
about he joys of badminton ...
Born 16/5/91 (26) Stevenage
Previous clubs: Southend U, Braintree T, AFC Sudbury (L), Billericay T (L),Enfield T
Position: Goalkeeper
Q. What is your job?
A. Groundworker
Q. Who do you support?
A. Arsenal (& Leeds U)
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Manuel Neuer
Q. What is your favourite music genre?
A. I like a bit of everything
Q. What other sports do you enjoy?
A. Formula 1, boxing, rugby
Q. Do you play any other sport?
A. Yes - badminton
Q. What are the best/worst grounds you have played at?
A. Best - Reading. Worst - Long Melford
Q. Growing up, were you always a goalkeeper?
A. No, I was a centre half for Cambridge U
Q. During your career, who has been your inspiration?
A. My family
Q. Who is currently the best goalkeeper in English football?
A. David de Gea
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - kicking. Weakness - none
Q. Who has been the best goalkeeping coach you have worked with?
A. Terry Mason at Southend U & Cambridge U
Q. Which Braintree player has the hardest shot?
A. Scott Shulton
Q. Who is the dressing room joker?
A. Scott Shulton
Q. Who is the best trainer?
A. Jon Muleba
Q. Who are the best/worst dressed players?
A. Best - Phil Roberts. Worst - Samir Bihmoutine
Q. Are there any rule changes you would make to improve the game?
A. No
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be?
A. Arsene Wenger
Q. Which teams in this league will be in the promotion hunt?
A. Us, Dartford and Chelmsford

Wings frustrate Braintree
Iron dominate but are restricted to a point
Braintree Town moved up one place to fourth in the Vanarama South table following Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw with Welling United.
"Complete frustration" was how Iron manager Brad Quinton summed up this draw at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Tuesday evening having seen his side dominate for long periods in a game in which they had enough chances to have run out comfortable winners.
"It feels like a loss to me because we were far the better side, created so many chances but again failed to be as clinical as we should," he explained. "They clearly came to frustrate from the start and intent not in winning the game but stopping us from doing so.
"They slowed the game down, time wasted and were quite cynical in off the ball incidents," he said. "The referee should have clamped down more and late on he denied us a blatant penalty when Jon Muleba had his legs swiped away from him when running through clear into their area.
"But we kept playing our football and I was impressed how the players stuck to the game plan and we didn't lose," he added. "They had one shot on goal and scored when we should have closed the player down so that also frustrating."
It was certainly an entertaining game for the 504 crowd on a wet evening but the Iron should have been a couple of goals up at the break but Phil Roberts, Luke Allen and Karl Oliyide all wasted fairly easy chances.
They did take the lead on 26 minutes when Roman Michael-Percil threaded a through ball into the visitors' area which Roberts latched on forcing the ball home down at the near post.
But on 35 minutes the visitors equalised in a rare breakaway when Jeffrey Monakana was given too much room and time cutting in from out on the right to fire the ball which dipped over the head of keeper Nathan McDonald.
A minute before the break Allen somehow missed an open goal 10 yards out when the ball was pulled back from the byline and right on half time Roberts saw his goal bound shot somehow kept out by keeper Dillon Barnes.
The second half had much the same pattern with the Iron doing most of the attacking, the visitors defending deeper and deeper and several home chances again going astray or scrambled clear.
Roberts, Allen and substitute Tyler Campbell all found themselves in good positions to score but simply couldn't find that crucial clinical finishing.
Roberts almost snatch a goal on 70 minutes when an acute ball in from the left frustratingly ended up in the side netting.
Two visiting players were booked for time wasting and a minute before the end they lost Joe Healy for picking up a second yellow within a minute of the first for a crude foul on Scott Shulton.
The Iron's frustration was summed up two minutes into stoppage time when Christian Frimpong, the Iron's outstanding player of the evening, turned with the ball on the edge of the Welling penalty box only to see his first time shot somehow come back off the foot of the post with keeper Barnes beaten while Allen just couldn't find his feet to score from the rebound.
"We'll work on things in training and try and be more clinical when we go again at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday," he added. "I am frustrated now but we are on the right track and will continue to improve."
Braintree Town: MacDonald; Muleba, Wyatt, Frimpong, Obamwonyi; Shulton, Allen, Crook (75 Gabriel), Michael-Percil (51 Campbell); Oliyide (68 Wynter), Roberts. Unused subs: Mugabo, Bettache.
Next up for the Iron is the away game at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, kick -off 3pm.

Welling Preview
Tues 5 September 2017 - Braintree T v Welling United
In 2016/17 Welling finished 16th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 12, Lost 23, Drew 7 (43 points). Goals For: 64, Goals Against: 69. Their away record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 3, Lost 14 Drew 5 (14 points). Goals For: 28, Goals Against 43. Last 4 away results: Drew 1-1 v Bath C, Drew 1-1 v Oxford C, Drew 0-0 v Eastbourne B, Lost 3-2 v Truro C. Scorers this season: Jamie Coyle - 4, Bradley Goldberg - 3, Joe Healy & Tom Bradbrook & Harry Phipps - 1. The current league table shows Braintree T in 5th on 17pts, Welling in 17th on 7pts. Braintree T last four home games: Won 1-0 v St Albans C, Won 2-1 v Hampton & Richmond B, Won 2-0 v Chippenham T, Drew 2-2 v Dartford. Braintree Scorers: Crook - 5 (4p), Roberts - 4, Oliyide & Allen - 2, Shulton , Wynter & Okoye - 1. Last home meeting: Feb 2nd 2016: Braintree T 1 Welling 0: A Dan Sparkes goal after 9 minutes was enough to complete the double over our visitors, although Iron played most of the match with 10 men after Sean Marks received a red card in the 33rd minute.
Welling have drawn their last three games on the road, so the Iron will not find them an easy side to break down. Brad's boys will be buoyed coming back from 1-0 down at Oxford City and Saturday and now sit 2 points behind the League leaders. Okoye was missing through injury on Saturday whilst Gabriel came back into the squad with a place on the bench. It'll be interesting to see if Roberts winning goal gets him a place in the starting line-up. Can we continue our unbeaten home start and even be rewarded with another valuable 3 points?

Talking with the skipper
Not here to make up the numbers ...
DOB: 9/10/92 (24) Born: London
Previous clubs: Erith & Belvedere, Dulwich H & Merstham
Position: Centre-Back
Q. What is your job?
A. I have my own business - Alkaline Recovery Ltd
Q. Who do you support?
A. Manchester U
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Ronaldinho
Q. You use Twitter, who do you follow?
A. Nobody famous, couple of mates who play pro-football
Q. Who is your favourite band/singer?
A. Chance the rapper
Q. What is your favourite holiday destination?
A. The Maldives
Q. What do you enjoy away from the game?
A. Reading, spending time with my family
Q. How did you end up signing for Braintree?
A. I announced that I'd left Merstham and Brad got in touch
Q. You have been made captain, what are your feelings about that and what do you bring to the role?
Q. I feel honoured, I bring leadership, reliability, heart
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - reading the game, composure, weakness - don't score enough goals
Q. Do you have any pre-match superstitions/rituals?
A. I thank God for the opportunity to play and my heart is on fire for my partner and son
Q. What are the best/worst grounds you have played at?
A. Best - Woking, worst - Hornchurch
Q. Who has had the biggest effect on your career to date?
A. Gavin Rose at Dulwich H and Peter Adeniyi at Carshalton
Q. At what level do you think you can play?
A. In the Football League, Championship
Q. Who are the quickest and slowest players in the squad?
A. Quickest - Tyler Campbell, slowest - Billy Crook
Q. Who is the best/worst dresser?
A. Best - Scott Shulton, worst - Christian Frimpong
Q. How do you think Braintree have done so far and what about that disallowed goal against Dartford?
A. I think we've surprised a lot of people because we are a young team. We're here to play and dominate teams. In the build up to the 'goal' we'd been jostling and I managed to get to the ball first.
Q. If you could play alongside any centre back, who would it be and why?
A. Rio Ferdinand, we're from similar areas and I watched him growing up
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be and why?
A. It's been a pleasure to play for every manager I've played for so far. I'm very happy with Brad.
Q. Where do you think Braintree will finish this season?
A. We're going for promotion.


Royston Town at home in the FA Cup
Iron drawn against Southern League Premier side
Braintree Town have been drawn at home to Evo-Stik Southern Premier League side Royston Town in the Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. The Hertfordshire club are currently twelfth of 22 clubs with two wins and a draw from their first five league games and defeated Dunstable Town 2-0 at home in last Saturday's First Qualifying Round. This match will take place a week on Saturday, 16th September, with kick-off at 3pm.

Tactical switch changes game
BQ unleashes Phil Roberts to win at Oxford
Braintree Town made the trek around the M25 and up the M40 to visit Oxford City and came home with three points after an odd goal in three win.
Iron were not at their best early on, struggling to get to grips with the home side's new 3G surface that had seen games played on it in the morning.
The home side took the game to Braintree from the start and opened the scoring after just eight minutes when Oxford City's Matt Patterson broke free of the Iron defence before steering his shot past the exposed Nathan McDonald.
The home side had half chances to extend their lead before Braintree boss Brad Quinton made a tactical switch with his formation and personnel as substitute Phil Roberts came on after 33 minutes for Alfred Mugabu.
The re-organisation paid dividends before the interval with Roberts opening up the home defence, surging into the box and being up-ended by Oxford's Eddie Jones to concede a penalty.
Billy Crook stepped up to calmly tuck the ball past home keeper Jack Stephens.
Braintree continued to control the game after the break, but had to wait until fifteen minutes from time before netting the decider.
Second substitute Dernell Wynter set up Roberts on the left of the home 18-yard box. He cut inside his man before rifling a low drive under the keeper into the bottom corner for 2-1.
Iron continued to press and Roberts could have had a second when Jon Muleba set him up nicely, but Phil's effort struck the woodwork.
Braintree had to endure a lengthy spell late on, reduced down to ten men, after Osa Obanwonyi had clashed heads with Ben Wyatt, but eventually saw out time to secure the three points.
After the game Brad Quinton was objective in his assessment: "We struggled to get going for half an hour and we made the decision to switch things around before the break. Phil came on and made a real difference; he created the opening for the penalty and a nice finish for the winner. We're all really looking forward to Welling on Tuesday now."
The three points keeps Braintree in fifth place in the Vanarama National League South table, but has reduced the gap between Iron and the leaders to just two points. Next up is another Vanarama National League South game at home to Welling United this coming Tuesday evening, 5th September, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Braintree team: McDonald, Muleba, Wyatt, Frimpong, Obamwonyi, Shulton, Allen (Bettache 81), Crook, Mugabu (Roberts 33), Oliyide (Wynter 74), Campbell. Un-used subs: Michael-Percil & Gabriel. Crowd: 312. Referee: Lee Brennan.

Oxford Preview
Sat 2 September 2017 - Oxford C v Braintree T
In 2016/17 Oxford C finished 14th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 15, Lost 20, Drew 7 (52 points). Goals For: 48, Goals Against: 73. Their home record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 5 (29 points). Goals For: 21, Goals Against 32. Last 4 home results: Drew 1-1 v Welling, Won 2-0 v Hungerford T, Lost 2-3 v St Albans C, Won 1-0 v Margate (2016//17). Scorers so far this season: Matt Patterson - 5 (2p), Zac Mceachran - 2, Robert Sinclair, Horatio Hirst, Reece Fleet & Dave Pearce - 1. The current league table shows Braintree T in 5th on 14pts, Oxford C in 18th on 7pts.
Braintree T away record this season: Drew 1-1 v Whitehawk, Lost 5-3 v East Thurrock U, Won 2-3 v Eastbourne B. Braintree Scorers: Crook - 4, Roberts - 3, Oliyide & Allen - 2, Shulton , Wynter & Okoye - 1. The Iron head for the city of dreaming spires this weekend for the first of our three away fixtures in September. After a well-deserved victory over the previously unbeaten League leaders, St Albans C, on Bank Holiday Monday, it'll be interesting to see how Brad sets his side up for this encounter. Last season City found goals hard to come by at home only managing an average of 1 goal a game. They will also be without Freddie Grant through suspension. The Iron meanwhile need to be more ruthless in front of goal having squandered numerous chances in their last two outings. With three of the four teams above us at home this weekend a victory would get the month off to a good start and keep us in contention. Oxford don't do many draws.

Talking to Billy Crook
Following his 'Dad'
DOB: 23/8/90 (27) Born: London
Previous clubs (L=Loan): Crystal P, Peterborough U, Bromley (L)Weymouth (L), Histon (L), Tooting & Mitcham, Carshalton, Dulwich H, Met Police, Enfield T
Position: Midfield
Q. What is your job?
A. Teaching Assistant
Q. Who do you support?
A. Crystal Palace
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Andres Iniesta
Q. Who is your favourite band/singer?
A. Justin Timberlake
Q. Which social media do you use the most?
A. Twitter - I follow the original Papa Crook
Q. What is your favourite meal?
A. Lasagne
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - passing, penalties. Weakness - pace , too nice
Q. What has been the best ground you've played at?
A. City Ground, Nottingham Forest
Q. Why did you choose to come to Braintree?
A. Because of my Dad - Brad Quinton
Q. Who has taught you the most so far in your career?
A. Darren Ferguson when I was at Peterborough U
Q. You've put away three of penalties so far this season, what is your overall record like?
A. Last season I scored 8 out of 9
Q. Do you have a method for taking pens, or are you told anything about the 'keeper?
A. I just know, I try to pick a corner
Q. Looking forward at what level do you think you can play?
A. League 2 - Championship, La Liga
Q. Fans have been treated to some great goals so far this season, which has been your favourite?
A. Karl Oliyide against Dartford, good team move which I started
Q. Who is the biggest moaner at the club?
A. Scott Shulton
Q. Who is the best dribbler at the club?
A. Tyler Campbell
Q. If you could play alongside any midfielder, who would it be and why?
A. Zinedane Zidane - he's the man
Q. If you could play for any manager, who would it be and why?
A. Pep Guardiola - likes the passing game
Q. Which opposition clubs have impressed you so far?
A. Haven't come across any so far
Q. Who will be top scorer?
A. If we keep getting pens, me. Karl or Phil.
Q. Where do you think Braintree will finish this season?
A. First

Iron beat leaders
Skipper grabs the decider
Iron put in a professional 90 minutes of attacking football at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday to end their visitors' unbeaten league run and, but for the woodwork, could have won by a much bigger margin.
Braintree effectively dominated the game in every department with their pace and feet football never allowing the visitors to get into their stride and, despite the hot conditions, they continued in that manner until the final whistle.
Iron manager Brad Quinton was delighted with his players' response after their draw against bottom club Whitehawk 48 hours earlier adding: "We changed our formation with three players coming and the opposition, who are clearly a good side, couldn't cope with us.
"All the players worked hard and put a shift in and I am proud of them all because we had all the energy and stuck to our game management plan,"
he explained. "We obviously tried to frustrate them from the start but I'm also pleased we never stop chasing them down and then we kept counter-attacking."
Iron were certainly the sharper and better side throughout and, in the first half, only visiting 'keeper Dean Snedker kept his side in the game saving with his legs from Tyler Campbell (7 mins) and Karl Oliyide (20 mins) and twice before the interval the Iron hit the woodwork.
On 37 minutes Campbell stretched the visitors' defence only to see his shot come back off the crossbar then, seven minutes later, midfielder Luke Allen broke clear, cut in from the right byline only to his shot hit an upright.
Iron carried on in the same manner after the interval and every time they attacked with pace and precision passing the visitors' rearguard simply couldn't handle them.
The deciding goal came on 64 minutes from a right wing corner by Ben Wyatt who swung the ball over the far post where defender Mark Okoye out jumped everyone to head the ball home for his first goal for the Club.
Iron went looking for a second goal and but for a brilliant save by Snedker on 75 minutes to deny Allen with his terrific first-time volley they would have been home and dry.
The flow of the game was understandably disrupted in the final minutes of the game as both sides made substitutions to replace some players who were clearly feeling the heat of the afternoon.
Iron again looked like scoring on 81 minutes when the industrious Allen worked his way clear to fire a fierce first-time shot on goal only for Snedker to pull off another fantastic save to deny the home player.
The game also saw sensible officiating by referee Lloyd Wood who midway through both halves halted the game for players to take on water to cope with the hot conditions.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Wyatt, Frimpong, Okoye; Shulton, Allen, Crook, Campbell (72 Michael-Percil); Mugabo (81 Obamwonyi), Oliyide (56 Roberts). Unused subs: Barrington, Wynter. Attendance: 706. Referee: Lloyd Wood.
Next up for the Iron is an away league match at Oxford City on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

St Albans Preview
Iron look to match maximum points leaders
Mon 28 August 2017 - Braintree T v St Albans C
In 2016/17 St Albans C finished 10th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 16, Lost 15, Drew 11 (59 points). Goals For: 72, Goals Against: 66. Their away record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 5, Lost 10, Drew 6 (21 points). Goals For: 27, Goals Against 37. Top scorers: (2016/17): Sam Merson - 12, Shaun Lucien - 9, Charlie Walker - 7. Last 4 away results: Won 0-1 v Poole T, Won 0-2 v Chelmsford C, Won 2-3 v Oxford C, Lost 3-0 v Bath C (2016/17). Scorers so far this season: Rhys Murrell-Williamson & Sam Merson - 3, Charlie Walker - 2, Shaun Lucien, Solomon Sambou, Zane Banton, Tom Gardiner & David Noble- 1. The current league table shows Braintree T in 5th, St Albans C in 1st.
Braintree T home record this season: Drew 2-2 v Dartford, Won 2-0 v Chippenham T, Won 2-1 v Hampton & Richmond B. Braintree Scorers: Crook - 4, Roberts - 3, Oliyide & Allen - 2, Shulton & Wynter - 1. Last home meeting: 19 March 2011: Braintree T 1 St Albans 1. Saturday saw the Iron come back from a 1-0 half time deficit to gain a 1-1 draw at previously pointless Whitehawk. The Saints meanwhile continued their 100% winning start with a 2-1 win at home to Concord Rangers. If form is anything to go by, then this will be the Iron's biggest test to date. The draw at Whitehawk was also the first time Braintree had not scored 2 goals or more in a game, although they had three very decent chances to score late on. As we come towards the completion of a hectic August fixture schedule, hopefully Iron can cut that seven point gap between the two teams to just four.

Iron respond to half-time BQ livener
Luke Allen free-kick secures point
Braintree Town made the journey down to the Sussex coast and came home with a point from a 1-1 draw. It took a verbal half-time rollicking to his players by Iron manager Brad Quinton to shake them out after what had been a lethargic and lackadaisical first half display to come back strongly in the second half when they should have won comfortably but for wasting a host of goal scoring chances.
"I certainly wasn't happy with our start because we were slow, not sharp enough and allowed ourselves to be bullied by them," he said. "On top of that we picked up two silly bookings and conceded a dreadful goal from a free-kick.
"But the players responded after what I had said to them in the dressing room and we went out and completely dominated the second half but again we failed to take several scoring opportunities when in reality we should have comfortably put the game to bed," he continued. "I'm disappointed because we should have come home with all three points, not just one."
The first forty-five minutes was certainly the worse the Iron had played so far this season as they lacked cohesion and any real pace in their game against a struggling side still looking for their first point of the season.
Both Osa Obanwonyi and Marc Okoye were booked for unnecessary fouls and they conceded a 14th minute goal when home striker Pape Gueye, on loan from Sutton United, was allowed space to rise unmarked in the Iron area to head home from a left wing free-kick.
The Iron's only creditable first half goal effort came on 23 minutes when Dernell Wynter saw his shot parried away by keeper Alex Tokarczyk and two minutes later Wynter was left with an open goal at his mercy after the keeper had made a hash of a clearance but somehow he conceived to balloon the ball high and wide.
The second half was a much improved Iron performance and they equalised on 53 minutes through a superbly taken free-kick by Luke Allen who slotted the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net giving Tokarczyk no chance.
Iron kept up the pressure and just past the hour Phil Roberts raced clear on goal but somehow Tokarczyk somehow managed to get a hand to the ball and palm it away for a corner.
By now it was all Iron going forward and twice they broke clear with literally one-on-one situations with the keeper only to waste the chances by putting the ball wide.
Late on the home keeper pulled off two more fine saves from Billy Crook and substitute Tyler Campbell to deny the Iron.
The Iron were to rue those missed chances as the home side clung on for a desperate draw which left Quinton a clearly unhappy boss at the final whistle.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Moleba, Wyatt, Obanwonyi, Okoye; Schulton, Allen, Crook, Wynter (86 Michael-Percil); Olyide, Roberts (72 Campbell). Uunused subs: Frimpong, Mugabo, Battache. Attendance: 237.
Next up for the Iron is home against early league leaders St Albans City on Bank Holiday Monday, kick off 3pm.

Whitehawk Preview
Iron head down the M23
Sat 26 August 2017 - Whitehawk v Braintree T
The current early season table shows Braintree T in 4th, Whitehawk in 22nd.
In 2016/17 Whitehawk finished 17th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 12, Lost 23, Drew 7 (43 points). Goals For: 51, Goals Against: 72. Their home record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 6, Lost 10, Drew 5 (23 points). Goals For: 24, Goals Against 32. Top scorers: (2016/17): Danny Mills (now Ebbsfleet) - 17, Glen Southam & Michael West - 6. Last 4 home results: Drew 1-1 v St Albans C, Won 2-0 v Poole T, Lost 2-3 v East Thurrock U, Lost 0-3 v Oxford C. Scorers so far this season: Connor Tighe & Ramone Rose - 2, Jordy Mongoy - 1
Braintree T away record this season: Won 2-3 v Eastbourne B, Lost 5-3 v East Thurrock U. Braintree Scorers: Crook - 4, Roberts - 3, Oliyide - 2, Shulton, Wynter & Allen - 1. The Hawks are the only team yet to register a point in the 2017/18 season having suffered five successive defeats. The Iron meanwhile bounced back from their first defeat of the season at East Thurrock, with a much improved defensive performance against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Frimpong is available for selection after his one match ban, but Brad will have been impressed with Obamwonyi's debut. Gabriel & Oliyide remain doubtful for the game so another chance perhaps for Wyatt and Wynter to claim a regular starting slot? With 12 goals scored so far and Crook leading the way on four, let's hope Iron delay the Hawk's first points of the season for another week.

Talking to Scott Shulton
& the joys of racking up fines
DOB: 31/1/1990 (27) Born: Edgware. Previous clubs: Wycombe W (U18), Ebbsfleet U, Braintree T, Bishops S & Enfield T. Position: Midfield
Q. What is your job?
A. I have my own football coaching company
Q. Who do you support?
A. West Ham U
Q. Who has been/is your favourite player?
A. Patrick Vieira
Q. What has been your best holiday?
A. Thailand - on a coaching trip
Q. What are the best/worst grounds you have played at?
A. Best - Stamford Bridge & Upton Park. Don't like playing at East Thurrock, I once got a bad injury there
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths - Fitness, driving forward. Weakness - I talk too much, no patience, hate losing
Q. Who are the best players you've played with?
A. I've played with Rob Lee & Matt Phillips
Q. This is your second spell at Braintree, what changes can we expect to see in your game now?
A. No difference, I'm the same player
Q. What are your best memories of your previous spell here?
A. Winning promotion in 2010/11. Scoring the winner at Havant late on in the season
Q. Who is the worst dresser at the club?
A. Mark Okoye (he was wearing an Arsenal shirt after training)
Q. Who is the dressing room moaner?
A. Me
Q. At what level do you think you can play?
A. I could play at League 1/2, definitely National League. Wouldn't want to play in a League that means I have to play matches up north
Q. You have coaching qualifications, where do you see yourself going with these?
A. No interest in any further coaching.
Q. How do you think the season has gone so far?
A. We've done alright, should've beaten Dartford and East Thurrock, disappointed to have dropped points in those games. But for a new side 10 points from 5 games is a good ratio
Q. Which player will rack up the most player fines this season?
A. Me
Q. Who has been the best manager/coach you've worked with?
A. Paul Lambert (at Wycombe W)
Q. What has been the best bit of advice you have been given?
A. Never change the way you are - from my Dad
Q. If you could play alongside any midfielder who would it be?
A. Patrick Vieira
Q. Who do you see challenging for the NLS this season?
A. It's open to anyone, there won't be a runaway winner this season
Q. Where will Braintree finish this season?
A. Definitely in the play-offs!

Iron back to winning ways
Ten-man Beavers beaten
Braintree Town clawed their way back to winning ways with this hard fought victory at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium after their midweek defeat at East Thurrock and in the end should really have won by a bigger margin.
With three players out - two with injuries and one suspended - manager Brad Quinton had to shuffle his pack bringing central defender Osa Obamwonyi for his debut and who quickly formed a solid partnership at the back with Mark Okoye.
The game really turned on its head on 18 minutes into the second half when the visitors' defender Jack Cook was shown a straight red card by referee Declan Bourne for hauling down Iron's Dernell Wynter who was clear on goal and reducing the visitors to ten men.
By then the Iron were already two goals to the good having scored a second goal on 53 minutes from the penalty spot by Billy Crook after Luke Allen had been hauled down.
It gave the home side more breathing space with that second goal having opened the scoring a minute before half time with a superbly taken goal by Allen after again brilliant midfield work by Crook.
After the sending off the Iron completely dominated play and in reality should have scored three or four more goals from the chances they created which left Iron boss Brad Quinton less than happy with his players.
"Obviously I'm pleased with the win and the way the players responded from our first defeat in midweek and I can't complain about their attitude, work-rate, motivation and commitment," he said. "I know it's an old clichˇ about it being more difficult to play against ten men but in reality we should have finished the game off with the number of chances we had.
"I know we had three players out today but the lads coming in have done really well, they know they have to stake their place to start games and they played like it," he said. "I'm also disappointed we gave away such a sloppy goal in injury time."
That all stemmed from a mistake by Iron keeper Nathan McDonald allowing Charlie Wassmer to find the net with a scrambled header in the third minute of injury time.
Visiting manager Alan Dowson though lashed out at his senior players for the letting the team down adding: "They committed absolute schoolboy errors and they need to take a long hard look at themselves and their performances today - the youngsters didn't let me down at all.
"It was always going to be difficult going a man down but in the first half I felt we more than matched them and we could have scored first with the couple of chances we had," he said. "I don't think it was a penalty because their lad was in an offside position in the first place."
The home side though missed several good chances in that second half with Phil Roberts, Dernell Wynter and substitutes Marcel Barrington and Tyler Campbell all creating chances.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Obamwonyi , Mugabo (81 Bettache), Okoye ; Schulton, Allen, Crook (86 Campbell), Wyatt; Roberts (75 Barrington), Wynter . Unused subs: Maxter, Stephenson. Referee: Declan Bourne. Attendance: 472.
Next up for the Iron is an away trip to Whitehawk next Saturday, 26th August, with kick-off at 3pm.

Hampton & Richmond Preview
Sat 19 August 2017 - Braintree T v Hampton & Richmond B
In 2016/17 Hampton & Richmond B finished 7th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 19, Lost 11, Drew 12 (69 points). Goals For: 81, Goals Against: 56. Their away record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 10, Lost 4, Drew 7 (37 points). Goals For: 45, Goals Against 28. Top scorers: (2016/17): Nicke Kabamba - 16 (now at Portsmouth), Brendan Kiernan & Jamal Lowe - (now at Portsmouth) 15. Last 4 home results: Lost 1-0 v Hemel Hempstead T, Drew 1-1 v East Thurrock U, Lost 2-1 v Ebbsfleet U, Won 1-2 v Welling. Scorers so far this season: Michael Kamara, Ryan Moss & Max Kretzschmar all with 1 goal.
The current early season table shows Braintree T in 8th, Hampton & RB in 12th. Braintree T home record this season: Drew 2-2 v Dartford, Won 2-0 v Chippenham T. Braintree Scorers: Roberts & Crook - 3, Oliyide - 2, Shulton - 1. Suspended - Frimpong - 1 match. Last meeting: 22 April 2011 - Conference South: Hampton & Richmond 0-1 Braintree Town. Both sides lost their unbeaten records on Tuesday evening so will quickly want to get back on track. So far this season the Iron has featured in four games with a goals aggregate of 20 goals, whilst our visitors have scored and conceded 3 goals, having lost last season's top scorers to Pompey. Brad will be looking to see a much improved defensive performance whist maintaining the goal threat. He will have to change the starting XI with Frimpong suspended and Oliyide taking a knock on Tuesday; maybe a chance for Iron fans to see new signings Reece Grant and Alex Stephenson. I think we know we can score from various positions, but need to balance that with a more assured defensive performance. I don't expect us to maintain the 5 goal a game average in this match.

Defensive frailties exposed at East Thurrock
Iron score three again but lose
Defensive mistakes particularly in second half cost Iron the chance of returning from the Rookery with anything on Tuesday evening and which will also serve as a wake-up call for the younger players who will now realise this league is quite a physical one they need to quickly adapt.
After a fairly evenly contested first half with both sides playing fast, open football there's no question that the second half belonged to the hosts and their more experienced players who were quicker to the ball, more direct and found the Iron's Achilles heel.
The Iron defence struggle to cope with high balls to the far post and the Rocks quickly discovered this and subsequently scored three of their goals from that position as did Dartford against the Iron on Saturday.
Up front the Iron clearly still need a strong player who can hold the ball up, as the Rocks' experienced striker Sam Higgins did and who helped himself during the evening to two fine goals in the process.
The turning point of the game though came on 54 minutes when home keeper Ryan Sammons was forced off with a head injury leading to ex-Iron utility player Lee Burns donning the keeper's jersey.
Again perhaps the current lack of experience in the Iron side they failed to put any pressure on the stand-in keeper for the remainder of the game with just one long distant shot going into the side netting.
The home side took the lead on eight minutes when a lack of understanding in the Iron defence allowed Higgins to break through and round keeper Nathan McDonald to score.
On 16 minutes the Iron equalised with a well taken goal, thanks to an accurate through ball by Billy Crook allowing Phil Roberts to race through and lob the ball into the net.
The hosts though were quickly back in front three minutes later when Lewis Smith was left unmarked at the far post to head home a Reece Harris free-kick.
Five minutes later Crook hit the home bar and the ball scrambled clear but on 32 minutes he scored from the penalty spot after Karl Oliyide had been hauled down by George Allen who was booked for his troubles.
Right on half time McDonald pulled off a great save to deny Higgins who had again crept in at the post unmarked.
The second half though certainly belonged to the home side as the game lacked the earlier fluency after the change of keeper and Iron lost their way in midfield for the first time this season.
Higgins headed home unmarked at the far post on 71 minutes and then home substitute Femi Akinwande scored in the penalty box with a great first time shot from a direct right wing cross after the Iron's Ricky Gabriel had gifted the ball to Smith's feet.
It went from bad to worse for the Iron on 88 minutes when Montel Agyemang cut in from a left wing corner and unmarked fired home a 20 yard shot past McDonald.
Four minutes into the nine minutes of added time, because of the earlier home keeper injury, Iron substitute Dernell Wynter raced through to fire a low shot into the home net but by then it was no more than a consolation.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Gabriel (Wynter), Frimpong, Okoe (Wyatt); Schulton, Allen, Crook, Campbell, Roberts, Olyide (Barrington 46). Unused subs: Mugabo, Bettaghe. Attendance: 442.
Next up for the Iron is a home game on Saturday against Hampton and Richmond, kick off 3pm.

Brads adds two
Striker and defender join club
Braintree Town have completed the paperwork for two more signings. Joining the Club are 22 year old striker Reece Grant from Heybridge Swifts and 20-year old defender Alex Stephenson from Billericay.
Reece Grant has caught the eye at Heybridge after scoring 26 goals last season and that after netting 19 goals during season 2015/16 for Hillingdon and Uxbridge.
Alex Stephenson started his career at Southend United before moving on to Canvey Island, Bishop's Stortford and Billericay Town.

East Thurrock Preview
Two sides with seven points from nine
Tues 15 August 2017 - East Thurrock U v Braintree T
In 2016/17 East Thurrock U finished 13th in the National League South. Their record last season was: Played 42, Won 14, Lost 14, Drew 14 (56 points). Goals For: 73, Goals Against: 65. Their home record 2016/17 was: Played 21, Won 7, Lost 5, Drew 9 (30 points). Goals For: 37, Goals Against 25. Top scorers: (2016/17): Tom Wraight (now Maidstone U) - 20, Sam Higgins & Reece Harris - 11. Last 4 home results: Drew 1-1 v Hampton & Richmond, Drew 1-1 v Wealdstone, Won 2-0 v Bath C, Lost 2-3 v Whitehawk. Scorers so far this season: Montel Agyemang - 3, Lewis Smith, Sam Higgins (pen), Ben Marlow & Reece Harris - 1
The current early season table shows Braintree T in 4th, East Thurock U in 5th. Braintree Scorers: Roberts, Crook & Oliyide - 2, Shulton - 1. Last meeting: 14 January 2017 - F. A. Trophy 2nd Round: East Thurrock U 2 Braintree T 5. On a very cold Saturday afternoon a Michael Cheek hat-trick and further goals from Midson & Barnard saw the Iron safely through to Round 3.
The Rocks had a somewhat indifferent home form last season, culminating in a lot of draws. Despite this they also managed three 5-1 victories against Gosport B, Truro C & Weston-Super-Mare. So far this season at home, they have only played Hampton & Richmond in yet another drawn game. Like the Iron, they all also unbeaten having won away 3-2 at Poole Town on Saturday. Brad's boys will be buoyed by their first three performances and the way they held firm with 10 men for virtually the whole of the second half against Chippenham. This match will see the first enforced change to the back four following Frimpong's red card. I expect a decent local following to roar the Iron home in a closer encounter than it was 7 months ago.

A game of two halves for Iron
Dismissal changes game
Ten-man Braintree put up a tremendous backs-to-the-wall second half performance to maintain their two-goal first half advantage and collect all three points in a fiesty encounter at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium and remain unbeaten after their first three games.
Iron had controlled the first half with Karl Oliyide opening the scoring on 19 minutes with a well taken goal set up by the industrious Scott Shulton in midfield.
The home side kept up the pressure and on 31 minutes Phil Roberts was unlucky not to add his side's second when his first time volley came back off the crossbar with visiting keeper Jared Thompson well beaten.
Roberts was not to be denied though because he duly added the Iron's second on 44 minutes with an exceptional strike after a great passing move down the left wing by the Iron with final cross being met first time by the striker who drove the ball into the top of the goal net.
Just on half time Iron keeper Nathan McDonald, rarely troubled all afternoon, pulled off a great save to deny Matt Smith.
Three minutes into the restart though it all went wrong for Braintree when central defender Christian Frimpong was shown a second yellow card for a foul leaving Iron boss Brad Quinton to reorganise - forcing him to take off two key midfielders - Shulton and Luke Allen - for more defensive players.
Obviously the tactical changes made the Iron less dominant in midfield and allowed the visitors to come forward but full credit to the defence they held firm and never let the visitors have a clear shot at goal.
The manager's changes clearly worked because the home defence continued to frustrate the visitors every time they attacked causing few problems for keeper McDonald
Iron were also denied what looked to be a clear penalty on 71 minutes when substitute Mahrez Battache was hauled down in the area but the home players' appeals were ignored.
Quinton added: "I am pleased we won and collected all three points got and that we kept a clean sheet and full marks to the players for their second half efforts when we up against it.
"It does show how fit we are to stay in charge with only 10 men and I am disappointed with the sending off and we shall be talking that through with the team," he added. "Again we should have scored more goals in the first half and obviously the sending off did disrupt our game plan but I feel the substitutions were right and they did the trick."
Braintree Town: McDonald, Muleba, Gabriel, Frimpong, Okoye; Shulton (Mugabo 52), Allen (Wyatt 52), Crook, Campbell; Oliyide, (Barrington 80), Roberts. Unused subs: Wynter, Bettache. Attendance: 462.
Next up for the Iron is an away game at East Thurrock on Tuesday with a 7.45pm kick off.

Chippenham Preview
Five-goal boys in town
Sat 12 August 2017 - Braintree T v Chippenham T
In 2016/17 Chippenham Town were Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Champions. Their record last season was: Played 46, Won 31, Lost 5, Drew 10 (103 points) Goals For: 94, Goals Against: 47 Their away record 2016/17 was: Played 23, Won 14, Lost 3, Drew 6 (48 points) Goals For: 57, Goals Against 32. Top scorers: (2016/17) Andy Sandell - 27, David Pratt - 22.
Chippenham opened their 2017/18 season with a 0-0 home draw against Havant & Waterlooville. Their first away game on Tuesday evening saw them beat Bath City 5-2 with goals from Matthew Smith, David Pratt, Andy Sandell (2-1 pen) and William Richards.
On the same evening the Iron played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw (having held a 2-0 half time lead) with Dartford, where Billy Crook's penalty made him the early season top scorer after opening his account with the winner at Eastbourne.
Sandell was the Southern League top scorer for two seasons running (2015/16 and 2016/17) having played previously in the Football League for Bristol R and Wycombe W and is one to watch out for. They also scored more goals on their travels last season than they managed at home averaging more than 2 goals a game. We could well be in for another goal fest at the Ironmongery Direct Stadium!
Kick-off is 3pm, admission is just £14 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under 18s. And you can sit or stand wherever you like!

Denied third goal costs Iron
Braintree settle for a point
Iron had to settle for a draw in the end against their old Kent adversary from Dartford in a highly entertaining and lively encounter which turned out to the proverbial game of two halves.
The first half certainly belong to the Iron who dominated the game, scored two good goals and they could have had a couple of more before the interval while the second half belonged to the visitors who managed to haul themselves back in the game to earn a share of the points.
And but for a fantastic reactionary save from Iron 'keeper Nathan McDonald two minutes from the end it was the visitors who almost literally stole all three points which would have been an injustice over the 90 minutes.
Iron manager Brad Quinton though said he was really disappointed not to have won the game as it felt more of a loss than a draw and a point.
"We played well throughout and should have won it and I think we scored a perfectly good third goal early in the second half which in my view was wrongly ruled out for a foul," he declared. "We could than have gone three goals up and I think that would have made such a difference.
"But having said that we again gave away two sloppy goals in the second half which obviously put them on the front foot," he added. "We know what we have to work on now before our home game with Chippenham on Saturday and that is to take our chances and stop giving away silly goals."
Iron should have taken the lead on nine minutes when Phil Roberts burst through the visitors' defence only to see his low, hard shot come back off the legs off keeper Deren Ibrahim.
It wasn't long before they did break the deadlock and it came after the Iron had wasted three reasonable chances to have scored.
On 35 minutes in a sweeping move up field it led to Karl Oliyide firing home finally beating Ibrahim but in reply the visitors almost scored themselves in a goalmouth scramble at the other but the ball was finally kicked clear.
Two minutes from the interval the dominant Iron had their expected second goal and it came from the penalty spot after Elliott Bradbrook handled a fierce Iron shot in the area leaving Bill Crook to calmly slot home the spot kick.
Five minutes after the restart it looked as if Christian Frimpong had scored his first goal for the club when he headed in a left wing cross but referee Josh Smith deemed he had pushed the defender en route.
A third goal then would have given the Iron breathing space and soon afterwards twice Olyide broke clear down the right only to drive the ball into the side netting when it looked easier to score.
The visitors, reorganised with a couple of substitution which gave them fresh impetus in midfield, to their credit hit back and on 65 minutes they pulled a goal back through Tom Murphy due to some slack marking at the far post by Iron defenders.
They pressurised the Iron for a spell and ten minutes later they equalised, again through sloppy defending across the box by the Iron defence, allowing Bradbrook to make amends for giving away the penalty as he drove the ball home from close range.
It was all end to end play with both sides going for that winning goal and also providing good entertainment for the 530 crowd but both sides had to settle for a draw which was an overall fair outcome of the match.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Gabriel, Frimpomg, Okoye; Schulton, Allen (Mugabo 87), Crook, Wyatt (Campbell 78); Roberts (Wynter 84), Olyide. Unused subs: Obamwonyi, Bettache.
Next up for the Iron is a visit from newly promoted Chippenham Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Dartford preview
Iron welcome pre-season favourites
Tues 8 August 2017 - Braintree T v Dartford
In 2016/17 Dartford finished 3rd in the Vanarama South Division on 84 points. They lost in the play-off semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate to Chelmsford.
Their away record last season was: Played 21, Won 9, Lost 6, Drew 6 (33 points) Goals For: 34, Goals Against: 34. Last 4 away games: Won 2-3 v Poole T, Lost 2-0 v Hungerford T, Drew 2-2 v Hemel Hempstead T, Lost 1-0 v St Albans C. Top scorers: Elliot Bradbrook - 16, Andy Pugh - 14, Luke Wanadio (now at Bromley) - 11
Last meeting at Cressing Road: 1 January 2015 National League: Braintree T 3 Dartford 0, with goals from Isaac, Akinola and Sparkes late in the second half gave the Iron all three points.
The Darts started their 2017/18 campaign with a home 0-0 draw against Hungerford T, whilst the Iron came back from 2 down to triumph 3-2 at Eastbourne Borough.
Our visitors are one of the favourites with the bookies to win the National League South this season, so it will be a good test for Brad's new look team. It was good to see goals coming from midfield in our opening fixture, but we need to cut out the costly defensive mistakes that gave Borough a two goal start. Although the Darts won more than they lost on their travels last season, they did take several heavy beatings amongst those six defeats. I think we can expect more goals in a close encounter.

Iron impress on the coast
resilience from going 2-0 down
Braintree Town came back from a two-goal deficit to put in a sparkling second half performance to win and claimed all three points in their season opener at Priory Lane on Saturday.
It was just the kind of performance new manager Brad Quinton had demanded from his all-new Iron side and he was particularly pleased with their attitude and commitment having gone two goals down within a three minute spell midway through the first half.
"We started well, created chances early on but were then caught out by individual errors leading to two quick goals against the run of play but crucially we pulled one back before the interval and again we had a couple of decent chances to have come in on level terms," he explained. "The players responded magnificently in the second half, kept to our game plan and I knew we could go on and win.
"In reality we should have won by a bigger margin because we dominated play and had several chances to have scored more in the last 20 minutes," he added. "But I am satisfied with a win away from home in our first game and it gives all the players that bit extra confidence."
He added: "Our work rate and cohesion throughout the side was good too."
Against the run of play the Iron went behind on 19 minutes when a wayward back pass from Phil Roberts fell straight to the feet of Yemi Odubade who strolled through to beat 'keeper Nathan McDonald.
Three minutes later it went from bad to worse for the Iron when from another through ball into their area it led to a defensive mix-up allowing Nathan Pinney to turn and chip the ball into the net.
Needing to retrieve a goal back before the interval it came on 29 minutes when the hard working Scott Shulton broke well from midfield and fired home a low 25 yard shot past home 'keeper Bailey Vose into the bottom right corner.
Iron kept up the pressure and eight minutes later Vose somehow saved a great shot from Karl Oliyide forcing the ball on to the bar and over.
Within a couple of minutes of the restart Iron's cause for an equaliser was helped by second yellow card for home defender Kiran Khinda-John for hauling down Oliyide en route to goal.
With a minute the Iron scored their equaliser courtesy of a lob shot from Roberts as he made amends for giving the home side their first goal.
Iron kept up the pressure and Roberts, Oliyide and Luke Allen were constantly causing all kinds of problems for the home side back line with their pace and tenacity on the ball.
The expected third Iron goal came on 54 minutes thanks to a near post effort from Billy Crook following yet another excellent save by Vose.
Once in the lead and with the man advantage the Iron continued to dominate play and they created five or six decent goal scoring chances before the final whistle which would have given a bigger scoreline which over the 90 minutes they deserved.
The only dent in the Iron's win was a bad facial injury to Allen who was forced off and may be doubtful for the side's next match at home to Dartford on Tuesday evening (kick off 7.45pm).
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Frimpong, Okoye, Gabriel; Allen (Craddock 66), Shulton, Crook, Wyatt (Campbell 72); Oliyide, Roberts (Wynter 74). Unused subs: Mugabo, Bettache. Attendance 598. Referee: David Spain.

Talking to The Gaffer
I taught Joe Hart everything ...
We get the season underway with a chat with the Gaffer - Brad Quinton
DOB: 7/9/78 (38) Born: Mile End, London Previous Clubs: Tottenham H, Romford, Aveley, Bishops Stortford, Braintree T & Enfield
Q. what is your full time job?
A. Colour Manager for Rhapsody Media
Q. Who do you support?
A. Tottenham H
Q. Who is your all-time favourite player?
A. Paul Gascoigne
Q. How do you relax away from the game?
A. Time with family, watching TV
Q. Who is your favourite singer/band?
A. Phil Collins
Q. What was the last gig you attended?
A. Elton John
Q. What is your favourite TV programme?
A. Only Fools & Horses
Q. How easy/difficult a decision was it to come back here as the manager?
A. I had been approached, but needed to see what happened with Enfield in the play-offs. The Board got me at their second attempt.
Q. You hold the club appearance record, what are your best memories of those games; do any particular moments stick out?
A. Scoring against Joe Hart when he was at Shrewsbury Town. The next day he made his move to Manchester City.
Q. What are you looking for from this season?
A. Looking to give it a go, give the fans justice after last season. See where we are at Christmas.
Q. This is the second successive season the club has had to rebuild, how will it help having the lads in from Enfield?
A. I did a similar job last season at Enfield, all the lads I've brought in here, I brought in to Enfield. They're all hungry players who want to progress.
Q. How would you describe your management style?
A. Enjoy your football.
Q. What style/formation of football do you like to play?
A. I like a fluid formation that allows us to change at a given signal. I always look to play a passing game.
Q. Are there any players from last season who you would like to have kept?
A. They were all given the option to talk to me, some had wanted more money, but that would have took us over budget.
Q. Are there fines for the players?
A. Yes, including things like lateness, being overweight, not wearing flip-flops.
Q. Who have been the best manager/coach you have worked with?
A. George Borg and Graham Roberts
Q. When you were a player, which manager gave you the biggest rollicking?
A. Several. I remember Graham Roberts making me sit with him in the stand during a 4 match suspension. He'd send me down to the touch line with some instructions and as soon as I got back to my seat, he'd send me off again with more instructions. I learned I was no use if I was not playing!
Q. Which teams in this league do you see challenging for promotion?
A. I think it's an open League and wouldn't single out any particular team.
Q. You're fairly new to management, at what level do you think you can manage?
A. I'd like to manage full time and then see where it goes from there.
Q. You have you appointed Mark Okoye as captain, what do you expect from him?
A. Hard work, leadership and commitment.
Q. Name your all-time best Braintree XI from those you have played with.
A. (4-3-3 formation) GK - Nathan McDonald, RB - John Muleba, LB - Ashley Cole, CB - Russell Edwards & Rio Ferdinand. Midfield - Brad Quinton, Andy Porter and Billy Crook, Strikers - Britt Assombalonga, Alex Revell & Carl Griffiths.

Eastbourne Preview
Iron lads ready for the challenge ahead
Sat 5 August 2017 - Eastbourne B v Braintree T
In 2016/17 Eastbourne finished 11th in the NL South Division on 58 points. Their home record was: Played 21, Won 12, Lost 5, Drew 4 (40 points). Goals For: 51, Goals Against: 30. Last 4 home games: Won 3-2 v St Albans C, Won 4-0 v E Thurrock U, Won 5-1 v Wealdstone, Won 7-3 v Welling. Top scorers: Nathaniel Pinney - 25, Elliott Romain (joined Dag & Red in March 2017) - 19.
Braintree Town finished in 22nd place in the NL top flight on 48 points. Home Record: Played 23, Won 7, Lost 12, Drew 4 (27 points). Goals For: 23, Goals Against: 33. Last 4 home games: Lost 0-2 v Barrow, Won 2-0 v Guiseley, Lost 1-2 v Dover A, Lost 1-2 v Woking. Top scorers: Michael Cheek - 25, Lee Barnard - 6, Jack Midson, Reece Hall-Johnson - 5
Last meeting: 5 November 2016 - FA Cup 2nd Round: Braintree T 7 Eastbourne B 0. Goals from Patterson, Elokobi (2), Muldoon, Bernard (pen), Akinola & Lee. Arguably the game of the season for many Iron fans as we struggled to win at home in the National League top flight. Braintree served up a cracker with three of the goal scorers being loanees.
This season we go again with another re-built squad. BQ has put together a squad assembled around several players from his previous club - Enfield. Hopefully this will see the lads gel together quickly. The Sports too are under new management with Jamie Howell stepping into the breach from Bognor Regis. Howell's first signing was Torres - no not Fernando but Sergio Torres formerly of Wycombe W, Peterborough U & Crawley amongst others. Eastbourne had a good home record last season, scoring 19 in their last 4 games at Priory Lane. The new Iron defence will have to keep the strings tight on Pinney to secure an unbeaten start.


Sun shines on Iron squad!
Boys ready for the challenge ahead
Brad Quinton's new look Braintree Town squad got together for the annual pre-season squad shot on Thursday evening. The showers kept away and the clouds parted! Pictured above are:
Back Row: Karl Oliyide, Alfred Mugabo, Osa Obamwonyi, Harry Aldridge, Nathan McDonald, Sam Souter, Marc Okoye, Luke Allen, Ricky Gabriel.
Middle Row: Barry Bolton (Coach), Barry Sewell (Goalkeeping Coach), Phil Roberts, Ben Wyatt, Scott Shulton, Jon Muleba, Connor Bolton, Dernell Wynter, Samir Bihmoutine, Christian Frimpong, George Craddock, Errol Hassan (Coach), Jacque Edouard (Coach).
Front Row: Luke Mallett, Tyler Campbell, Roman Michael-Percil, Tyler Overton (Physio), Brad Quinton (Manager), Andy Porter (Assistant Manager), Billy Crook, Matt Baxter, Mahrez Bettache. Photo: Paul Tebbutt.


Iron complete friendlies with a win
Reading XI beaten
Iron wrapped up their pre-season friendlies with an impressive victory over a workmanlike young Royals side at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday, writes David Ward.
The winning margin would have been greater but for several heroic saves by visiting keeper George Legg while Iron fans in the 140 crowd would have been impressed by the way their new-look side created opportunities, played their passing game and were far more entertaining to watch than at any time last season.
The Iron were in command for most of the game forcing Legg to make a point-blank save on 35 minutes from a close range effort by Marc-Anthony Okoye and two minutes later he denied Karl Oliyide with an outstanding save with his legs.
Close to the interval Legg again proved to be the stumbling block tipping over a fierce first time shot by Ipswich loanee Shane McLoughlin.
Four minutes after the restart the Iron finally made the breakthrough when Phil Roberts headed on a long Nathan McDonald goal kick to the ever alert McLoughlin who drilled the ball low past Legg.
Five minutes later the Ipswich youngster almost added a second but he was again denied by Legg.
Earlier McDonald had twice pulled off two fine saves to deny Teddy Howe and Ben House but once the deadlock was broken it gave the Iron players more confidence in pushing forward for that crucial second goal to give them some breathing space.
It didn't come until eight minutes from the end when Iron substitute Samir Bihmoutine was hauled down in the area by Howe and up stepped Billy Crook to fire the resultant spot kick home.
It also gave a better reflection of play over the 90 minutes in which the Iron without doubt played their best football of pre-season and gives the new side confidence ahead of next Saturday's opening National League South game at Eastbourne Borough.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Gabriel, Frimpong, Okoye; Mugabe (55 Maybanks), Craddock, Cook, Olyide, (75 Bihmoutine); Roberts (79 Wyatt), McLaughlin (55 Wynter). Unused subs: Shulton, Baxter, Obamwonyi. Referee: Carl Pearce.

Squad side resolute at Lowestoft
Clean sheet in the rain
Braintree Town called upon a number of unfamiliar faces at Lowestoft on Friday evening, writes Jon Weaver.
With the squad entertaining Reading the next day, there were only five players on show who had featured regularly in the earlier friendlies. Connor Bolton, Joe Robinson (Captain) and Mahrez Bettache were the only players to complete a full 90 minutes, while Matt Baxter and Ben Wyatt both completed a half. There were five reserves on show, with Harry Aldridge, Harry Seal, Ethan Evison, Aaron Dyson and Charlie Webb all playing in the second half. From the Under 21's Sam Souter and James Dicker both started the game, as did Mase Wade who had scored against Maldon & Tiptree in last season's Essex Senior Cup tie, the day before his 17th birthday.
Lowestoft included their new signing Dean Leacock, who had played in the Premier League with Derby County. The highly rated Travis Cole was at 4 and Harvey Hodd, who played for Braintree last season in friendlies at Bury Town, Heybridge and Stanway was at 10.
Lowestoft were first out of the blocks, and enjoyed plenty of possession but were finding it had to get past an Iron backline in which Osa Obamwonyi was outstanding. Clear cut chances for either side were few and far between although the game was opening out to be a most absorbing match.
Multiple substitions were made at the second half, with eight changes to the Braintree side. Charlie Webb and Harry Seal took over as the central defensive pairing, with Robinson moving to right back. They both played really well and as the game wore on and weather conditions worsened Iron began to look the better side. Late in the game both Alfie Cervulli and Ethan Evison came close for the away side but the final whistle blew with no goals scored.
General opinion among the home supporters seemed to be that they had thoroughly enjoyed the match, and the young Braintree players had acquitted themselves very well.
FIRST HALF TEAM: 31. Sam Souter, 2. Martin Frimpong, 3. Connor Bolton, 4. Osa Obamwonyi, 5. Joe Robinson, 6. Jamie Dicker, 7. Jacob Lay, 8. Matt Baxter, 9. Mase Wade, 10. Harry Adil, 11. Mahrez Bettache.
SECOND HALF SUBS: 21. Harry Aldridge, Ben Wyatt - no number, 14. Harry Seal, 15. Alfie Cervulli, 16. Jack Lelliott, 17. Ethan Evison, Aaron Dyson - no number, Charlie Webb - no number. Attendance: 194

Sim returns for friendly
Ben Wyatt grabs Iron consolation
Tuesday evening's third home pre-season friendly against Football League opposition saw another encouraging display by Iron who took on a youthful Barnet side at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium that included former Braintree favourite Sim Akinola.
Although the visitors, clearer fitter from full-time training and with some experienced players in their squad won 3-1, watching Iron fans in the 160 crowd would again have been encouraged by the way their side continued to play a passing game right up until the final whistle with just that final ball letting them down.
Iron gave a debut to on-loan 18 year-old striker Shane McLoughlin from Ipswich and he had an impressive game and twice almost put his name on the scoresheet while, at the other end, keeper Nanthan McDonald again pulled off some fine saves as he did against Colchester United on Saturday to keep his side in the game at times.
The visitors took the lead on 20 minutes when sloppy passing in the Iron defence allowed Nana Keyi to drive the ball home past McDonald and four minutes from the interval Barnet triallist Jordan Lussey scored from outside the area with McDonald unsighted.
Five minutes after the restart the visitors grabbed a third goal through Mauro Vilhete but to their credit the Iron increased their tempo and put renewed pressure on the visitors goal causing keeper Craig Ross to pull off three fine saves.
With several second half substitutes on both sides the game lost a little of its rythym but towards the end it was the Iron who looked the more likely side to score.
Their efforts were rewarded in the final minute when substitute Ben Wyatts finally beat keeper Ross with a glancing header.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Okoye, Frimpong, Gabriel; Baxter, Shulton, Crook, Roberts; McLoughlin, Wynter. Second half substitutes were Robinson, Wyatt, Craddock, Theobalds, Bihmoutine, Bolton/
Next up for Iron is away to Lowestoft Town on Friday evening, 28th July, kick off 7.45pm, followed by a home game against a Reading XI on Saturday, 29th July, with kick off 3pm.

Iron still work in progress
Keeper McDonald impresses
It's still a case of work in progress for the Iron as they battled hard but ultimately lost out against a full Football League squad from their near neighbours at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday, writes David Ward.
Although not quite reaching the high playing level as they did in their previous home friendly against Southend United at least the all-new look Iron side are playing some attractive football, keeping the ball on the ground with short passing and creating goal scoring opportunities.
Clearly still needing more cutting edge though in attack and perhaps also one more experienced defender to put together a more consolidated unit, Iron in the end were beaten by a clearly fitter and quicker full-time team.
Ironically the player who caused most of the problems for the home side was Sammie Szmodics, who had a successful loan spell at Braintree the season before last, his pace and perception showed why he is being watched by bigger clubs.
He latched on to a home defence mistake on 26 minutes to lift the ball over Iron 'keeper Nathan McDonald into the net for the opener and practically repeated the process on 62 minutes nipping on to a sloppy pass between two Iron players to beat McDonald again.
In fact two superb saves in either half from McDonald prevented the visitors from returning up the A120 with a bigger winning margin.
On 19 minutes he pulled off a great save to deny Denny Johnstone and against shortly before the break stopped Lewis Kinsella from scoring.
At times the Iron showed Iron fans in the 619 crowd what good build up play they can produce but unfortunately despite creating half chances they lack a potent striker to finish off all the good approach work while free-kicks outside the visitors' area were all too often wasted.
With both sides each making obviously several second half substitutes as the match progressed the flow of the game was interrupted but full credit to the Iron players they stuck doggedly to their task and but for some poor final balls into those danger areas they could have found the net.
The visitors confidently wrapped up the game on 82 minutes when U's substitute Louis Dunne slipped through the Iron defence to score his side's third goal with a low, hard shot past McDonald.
Braintree Town: McDonald; Muleba, Okoya, Frimpong, Gabriel; Shulton, Craddock, Wyatt, Crook; Wynter, Ottaway.
Iron substitutes all used in the second half: Robinson, Allen, Bettache, Roberts, Baxter, Theobalds.
Next up for the Iron is at home on Tuesday when another Football League side Barnet are the visitors, kick off 7.45pm.

Colchester visit on Saturday
Happy hour in the Clubhouse from 1-2
Iron continue their pre-season build-up with another prestigious friendly against Football League neighbours Colchester United this coming Saturday, 22nd July, with kick-off at 3pm. The Weston Homes Community Stadium club just missed out on the play-off places for promotion to League One last season, finishing a point off seventh-placed Blackpool - who won the play-off final at Wembley.
The U's have had a busy summer so far. They have signed defender Cole Kpekawa from Championship-side Barnsley, former Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and Ryan Jackson from Gillingham. They have also promoted trio Charley Edge, Diaz Wright and Decarrey Sheriff from the Club's under 23 squad. Early indications are encouraging with The U's beating a West Ham United side 2-0 on Tuesday. That was their fourth successive win after victories at Maldon & Tiptree (2-0), Needham Market (4-0) and Llandudno (1-0).
Admission prices for Saturday's match have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for OAPs and under 18s. The Clubhouse will open to all from 1pm and we'll be offering selected beers at 'happy hour' prices from 1 'til 2 before the game.

Only goal beats Iron's 22 man squad
Pre-season continues with plenty of game time
Braintree Town made the trip into Suffolk on Tuesday night to play Bostik League side Bury Town, and lost there for the second successive season.
Brad Quinton used more players than he has done in any of the previous three games, and 22 of them got game time. The outcome was that play was more disjointed than in the previous matches.
Iron started brightly, dominating possession but with very little to show for their efforts. Bury soon settled in to the game. Iron's first chance came in the 28th minute. Bury's goalkeeper was dispossessed outside the penalty area by Karl Okiyide. He pulled the ball back to Phil Roberts but his shot was tame and gathered easily. Six minutes later Matt Baxter had the ball in the net after being slipped through by George Craddock but the linesman judged him to be offside.
A second meaty challenge by Baxter saw him booked by the referee Ollie Morris-Sanders, a former Braintree goalkeeper. In the melee that followed Liam Enver-Marum, a 30th minute substitute for Oliyide, was booked along with a home protagonist.
Multiple changes were made at the start of the second half. On the hour mark Samir Bihmoutine slipped an inviting ball across the goal. Enver-Marum missed it but it was met by Joe Gardner flying in at the far post, and he struck the ball up on to the crossbar. Gardner had previously made 6 sub appearances for Braintree in the Danny Cowley era.
The home side were starting to create the better chances and went ahead in the 71st minute. Their long throws had been causing problems all evening. From one of them the ball looped to Ollie Canfer who was unchallenged as he softly back-headed over McDonald and in to the net.
There was no further scoring although Ricky Gabriel was also booked. Bury also had three players yellow-carded in a competitive fixture that would have been of more benefit to the home team than the away one.
TEAM: 33. Nathan McDonald, 2. Jon Muleba (SUB: Joe Maybanks - no number), 11. Ben Wyatt (15. Samir Bihmoutine), 5. Joe Robinson, 6. Osa Obamwonyi (Ricky Gabriel - no number), also 6. George Craddock (10. Desean), 7. Mahrez Bettache (12. Joe Gardner), 8. Matt Baxter (Billy Crook - no number), 4. Xavier Vidal (14. Luke Allen) (6. Connor Bolton), 3. Karl Oliyide (16. Liam Enver-Marum) (8. Nigel Neita), 17. Phil Roberts (9. Luke Mallett). Attendance: 171.

Odd goal in three defeat for Iron
Braintree continue to flourish
Braintree Town returned to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on an overcast afternoon and faced a strong Southend United side, writes Jon Weaver. The Skybet League One team included new signings Michael Turner and Stephen Hendrie with Michael Kightley on the bench. Nine of Braintree's starting XI were making home debuts.
Iron's first clear chance fell to Karl Oliyide who found himself well clear of Southend's backline but rolled the ball agonisingly wide of Mark Oxley's far post. The miss proved costly as a minute later the visitors were ahead when Simon Cox headed past Nathan McDonald.
Despite trailing, Iron were looking impressive and were creating the better chances. On 36 minutes Oliyide crossed low from the right wing. It was met by Roman Michael-Percil, who blasted over the bar from 12 yards out. Iron equalised four minutes later when Oliyide rose to meet Ben Wyatt's left wing cross and out-jumped former West Ham centre half Anton Ferdinand to powerfully head home his third goal of the pre-season campaign.
Braintree were not level for long. Mark Antoine Fortune fired low into the goal from 20 yards out in the 44th minute of the half to re-establish the Shrimpers lead.
Both teams made multiple changes in the second half. The main talking point came on the hour mark when Southend's Michael Timlin took exception to a challenge from Scott Shulton and was shown the red card for his part in the ensuing incident, which sparked a confrontation. When order had been restored Shulton was shown a yellow card and tactically withdrawn from the action by Brad Quinton.
Iron had further chances to get back into the game. Jon Muleba's pin point cross was mis-hit by the oncoming Dernell Wynter, who diverted the ball wide. Harry Ottaway created an opportunity for Wynter who went around the visiting keeper but failed to divert the ball the right side of the post. Several long range efforts by Matt Baxter went close, and the same player did have the ball in the next although he was clearly offside.
At the other end McDonald pulled off a couple of finger tip saves late on to keep the final score at Braintree Town 1 Southend United 2.
Iron Team: 33. Nathan McDonald, 2. Jon Muleba, 3. Ricky Gabriel (16. Connor Bolton), 4. Marc Okeye (17. Joe Robinson), 5. Christian Frimpong (19. Nigel Neita), 6. Scott Shulton (15. Mahrez Bettache), 7. Luke Allen (14. George Craddock), 8. Billy Crook (21. Phil Roberts), 9. Roman Michael-Percil (12. Dernell Wynter), 10. Karl Oliyide (Harry Ottaway - no number), 11. Ben Wyatt (Matt Baxter - no number).

Southend at home on Saturday
Cracking football and cheap beer!
Braintree Town welcome Southend United to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday for a first home pre-season friendly. It will give the Iron fans an opportunity to take a look at the progress new manager Brad Quinton is making with his squad. The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday and admission prices have been reduced to just £10 for adults and £5 for OAPs and under 18s. Chairman Lee Harding was quick to accept the importance of the fixture: "We always enjoy competitive matches with our friends from Southend and I'd like to think we both benefit from them. Brad has already stamped his authority on how he wants to see his side play the game and we've seen some encouraging early signs in the games at Long Melford and Newmarket - not to mention eleven goals! Just as importantly, attractive games against local Football League opposition will help with the Club's income. Although we do not budget for pre-season games, any windfalls from these games will go straight towards Brad's playing resources and his squad-building ambitions, so I'd encourage our supporters to come along on Saturday and have a look at the how we're doing. We've reduced admission prices, the t-bar will be open and we'll be offering selected beers at 'happy hour' prices from 1 'til 2 before the game. Let's hope the weather is kind to us!"

Braintree passing it nicely
Iron impress in the rain
Iron enjoyed a good workout in the rain on Newmarket Town's new cork-based 3G pitch on Tuesday night, adding some cracking long range goals to the six they had scored at Long Melford, writes Jon Weaver.
There were plenty of changes to Saturday's line-up, with only Scott Shulton and Joe Robinson starting both games.
Iron quickly got into their stride and right back Luke Mallett advanced into the penalty area before unleasing a shot that hit the base of the post. Soon after Dernell Wynter let fly from outside the box and found the top left corner to put Braintree 1-0 up. On 25 minutes George Craddock shot high into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area, and then the Newmarket keeper made a blinding point blank save from Mallett. Having dominated the game and played some really good football, Iron led 2-0 at the break.
For a while after the restart Newmarket came more in to the game but it was Braintree that scored the crucial third goal, and it was the best of the night. Matt Baxter struck sweetly from 25 yards into the top left corner. The visitors weren't finished. Michael Campbell was upended after weaving his way into the penalty area, and Scott Shulton converted the resulting penalty (pictured). Late in the game Enver-Marum laid the ball on for Campbell to convert the fifth.
Team: 33 Ben McNamara (SUB: 21 Aiden Prall), 8. Luke Mallett, 15. Ricky Gabriel, 6. Joe Robinson, 5. Marc-Anthony Okeye, 7. Xavier Vidal (16. Matt Baxter), 17. Scott Shulton, 4. George Craddock (7. Vidal - returning to the field late on), 9. Dernell Winter (14. Michael Campbell), 12. George Sykes (Liam Enver-Marum), 11. Phil Roberts (Luke Allen). Late substitute - Brian, surname unknown. Attendance: 92

Mr Michael Doyle
Vice President passes away
Braintree Town Football Club are saddened to announce the passing of its Vice President Mr Michael Doyle on Saturday morning. Chairman Lee Harding said: "A regular in the Iron clubhouse for many years, Michael was a jovial character who always managed to put a smile on the face of those he met and spent time with. His humour was infectious and he was a well respected member of our Club. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. As a mark of respect, a minutes' silence will be observed prior to Saturday's match at home to Southend United."

Iron open pre-season with victory
Six without reply at Long Melford
An all-new look Iron side comfortably won their opening pre-season match at Stoneylands on Saturday. It left new manager Brad Quinton well satisfied with their first out but he knows tougher friendlies against stronger opposition are coming up.
With all new players both in the starting line-up and on the substitutes' bench he was looking for some early signs of teamwork and cohesion and in reality they did by dominating the 90 minutes against their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division hosts.
Former Hendon and Enfield striker 21 year-old Karl Oliyide gave his new team a two-goal lead at the interval in what was a competitive first half but the Iron stepped up a gear in the second half to easily overcome their hosts and also the extreme heat of the afternoon.
Former Swindon youth central defender Christian Frimpong, 18, added a third early in the second half with a superb header and shortly afterwards Burundi-born right-back Jonathan Muleba, 22, who was with Quinton at Enfield last season, moved up the right wing to score the fourth goal with a blistering shot.
Second half substitute Dernell Wynter grabbed two goals late on, including a 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net, as the Iron ran out easy winners.
With only former Iron goalkeeper Nathan McDonald the only player known to watching Iron fans - he was made captain for the day - all the other players on show were making their club debuts and all the substitutions were made in the second half.
Braintree Town: McDonald (sub Witham); Muleba, Frimpone, Shulton (Baxter), Wyatt; Robinson, Allen (Gabriel), Bettache, Crook (Seal); Oliyide (Ottoway), Michel-Percil (Wynter). Attendance: 207.
Next up for Iron is a second pre-season match at Newmarket Town this coming Tuesday evening, 11th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Pre-season changes
Date switch and new fixture
Braintree Town have agreed an additional new pre-season fixture and also switched the date of the trip to Lowestoft Town. The game at Lowestoft Town has now been brought forward 24 hours and Iron will now visit the Crown Meadow Ground on Friday, 28th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. The following day, Saturday, 29th July, Braintree Town will now entertain a Reading XI, with kick-off at 3pm.

Iron start in Sussex
See all the fixtures here!
The fixtures for the forthcoming 2017/2018 season are out!
Braintree Town will start their Vanarama National League South campaign on Saturday, 5th August, with a trip to Sussex to visit Eastbourne Borough and their 3G pitch. The two sides met in last season's FA Cup at the First Round stage, with Iron progressing through to a Second Round trip to Millwall.
The Club's first home match is the following Tuesday, 8th August, when the bookmaker's pre-season favourites Dartford are the visitors to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium, with this match followed four days later by the visit of Chippenham Town on Saturday, 12th August.
Bank Holiday matches see Braintree Town entertain St. Albans City on August Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, with the return at Clarence Park on East Monday, 2nd April. Boxing Day sees Iron welcome Chelmsford City, with the return at Melbourne Park on New Year's Day.
Our longest journey sees us travel to Cornwall to visit Truro City on the penultimate Saturday of the season, 21st April and we finish the season at home to Gloucester City.
Iron will start their FA Cup campaign at the Second Qualifying Round stage on Saturday, 16th September and will join the FA Trophy competition at the Third Qualifying Round stage on Saturday, 25th November.
The opening day's Vanarama National League South fixtures are as follows:

Bognor Regis Town v. Bath City
Chelmsford City v. Gloucester City
Chippenham Town v. Havant & Waterlooville
Dartford v. Hungerford Town
East Thurrock United v. Hampton & Richmond Borough
Eastbourne Borough v. BRAINTREE TOWN
Hemel Hempstead Town v. Whitehawk
Oxford City v. St. Albans City
Truro City v. Welling United
Wealdstone v. Concord Rangers
Weston-Super-Mare v. Poole Town


For a full list of the season's fixtures click on the Games link above.

Three more sign up!
Brad adds defender, midfield and forward
Iron Manager Brad Quinton has continued his squad-building with the addition of three more players to his squad for the forthcoming Vanarama National League South campaign. Joining the Club are defender Ricky Gabriel, striker Nigel Neita and midfielder Connor Bolton from Brad's previous club Enfield Town.
26-year old Ricky Gabriel was part of Brad's side that lost the Ryman League play-off semi-final at Dulwich Hamlet last May, making a total of 43 appearances and scored seven goals for the North London club. He joined Enfield from local Spartan South Midlands League side Brimsdown in early 2015 and had a spell at Dover Athletic after playing in the USL Pro League for Antigua Barracuda FC.
Nigel Neita started his career at Arsenal and signed a professional contract in 2011. During his two years with the North London club he was called up for Jamaica's friendly against Costa Rica in March 2012. After leaving Arsenal, he moved on to Dulwich Hamlet in 2013 and then Met. Police a year later. Now 23, he was also at Enfield Town with Brad last season and made 18 appearances, scoring twice.
Connor Bolton is 22 and at home on the left side of midfield. Another with Brad at Enfield last season, Connor also spent time at Hadley and Ware last season. Part of the Enfield Under-21 side that won the Middlesex Premier Cup in 2015.


Iron Reserves return home
Second XI back at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium
Braintree Town Football Club have arranged for their reserve side to play their Thurlow-Nunn League Division One matches at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium next season.
Reserve management Lee Fisher and Luke Nash said: "We feel like we are back where we belong this coming 2017-18 season."
"The success of the extensive drainage work carried out on the pitch this time last year, has allowed the Reserves to return after a successful 2016-17 season playing out of Long Melford FC - who we thank for their support in recent years."
"News of the young Iron Res's returning to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium for 2017-18 will hopefully be taken with much joy from the fans and supporters. Creating a buzz every week that 234 supporters achieved on the last home game is our aim."
"The Reserve management has an open canvas to create something special at Braintree. Working closely with Brad, the 1st Team management and players; we will be able to attract, develop and utilise all avenues and facilities at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium."
"One of the great qualities from the committed Reserve management is the ability to nurture a close-knit environment which allows all players to gain confidence and generate their best performance. Delivering success will be a by product of this."
"Chairman Lee Harding and the Board are fully supportive of the return and working closely with the youth."
"Attracting local sponsorship during preseason is something we wish to generate contact Club Sales & Marketing Director Mark Sansom via e-mail: sales@braintreetownfc.org.uk."
"We hope we can make it a success and enjoy the return to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium. Pre season starts on 22nd June with the season kicking off on 5th August."


BQ adds two more
Striker and attacking midfielder sign
Iron boss Brad Quinton has added a further two signings to his squad for the forthcoming Vanarama National League South campaign.
Rejoining the club is 29-year old striker Liam Enver-Marum who played eighteen games for the club during our successful 2013-14 season when we finished sixth. Liam started his career at Cambridge United before moving on to Crawley, Ebbsfleet and Stevenage. After leaving Braintree, he enjoyed spells at Bishop's Stortford, Basingstoke Town and, last season, Maidstone United and Hemel Hempstead.
Also joining the Club is 26-year old Billy Crook. A goal-scoring midfielder, Billy scored 17 goals and provided 17 assists last year for Brad Quinton at Enfield and finished the season as the players' player of the season, supporters player of the season, manager's player of the season and golden boot award winner! Billy started his career as a youngster at Crystal Palace before being given a professional contract at Peterborough. He then moved on to the Glen Hoddle academy in Spain, before returning to the UK and playing for Met Police, Dulwich Hamlet and Enfield.


Striker added to squad
Brad signs George Sykes
Brad Quinton has continued his pre-season build-up with the addition of a 6'4" striker to the Iron squad.
22-year old George Sykes joined the Barnet youth team as an under-16 and was top scorer in the English U-18 youth system in the 2011-12 season with 24 goals. He made his senior debut at the age of 17 against Bristol Rovers in August 2012 and signed his first professional contract with the Bees in November 2012. He won the League Two Apprentice of the Year award at the Football League Awards in March 2013. During his three years with Barnet, Sykes had various loan spells before joining Dartford for the 2015-2016 making 25 appearances. After a 2nd short loan spell at Canvey Island, George made the move permanent, joining the Ryman Premier side for the 2016-2017 season where he scored 21 goals in a difficult season for the club as they were relegated. George swept the board at the clubs end of season presentation evening winning Manager's Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and the Supporters' Player of the Year awards.


Gaffer adds three more
Iron squad taking shape
Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton has continued his busy squad-building with the addition of three players to the Iron squad for the forthcoming season.
Joining the club is 22 year old attacking midfielder Xavier Vidal. Vidal was on the verge of breaking into the professional game while at Dulwich Hamlet, spending time on trial with Birmingham, Bolton, Brentford and Oxford. After failing to secure a deal in the Football League, he moved up to then National League Welling United. He made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Wings, scoring four times He also had a loan spell at National League South side Hemel Hempstead and most recently he has played Merstham.
The Club are also pleased to announce the signing of 22 year old winger Roman Michael-Percil. Roman has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Billericay, Dulwich Hamlet and most recently Metropolitan Police and chipped in with 9 goals last season.
The third signing is the highly-rated Jonathan Muleba. The 21-year old defender joined Chelsea at Under-14 level and made his Under-18 debut as a 15-year old during the 2011-12 season. He became a regular in the Under-18s' defence in his first year as a scholar in 2012-13. His displays earned him late-season recognition at Under-21 level, where he made his first appearance in April 2013. An Under-18 ever-present right up until the last game before Christmas in 2013-14, his impressive performances secured him the offer of a professional contract at Chelsea, but rejected the opportunity and joined Bournemouth on a two and a half year contract in January 2014. He received a call-up to the Democratic Republic of Congo's Under-20 national team during June 2013 and featured in a friendly against Chile. Spent time last season in the Enfield side that reached the Ryman League play-offs.

Brad signs four
Work underway for Iron's new manager
Iron Manager Brad Quinton has continued his squad building with the completion of formalities with four more players. Joining the club are:
- Samir Bihmoutine, who is a 23 year old dynamic attacking left back/wing back. Samir spent eleven years at Arsenal including a year as a full professional and then a full year at Bournemouth, from where he spent loan spells at both at Wealdstone in the National South and neighbours Hayes & Yeading.
- Scott Shulton, who returns to the Club after playing a big part in our 2010/11 South championship-winning side. Now 27, Scott (pictured top left with Brad) is an aggressive ball playing midfielder who can score goals. After making 24 appearances for Braintree in 2010/11, Scott enjoyed spells at Bishop's Stortford, Hendon, Wingate & Finchley and Enfield.
- George Craddock, who is a 22. A goal scoring midfielder, George (pictured top right) was a Northampton Scholar before signing a one-year professional contract with the Cobblers. Has recently spent time with National South side East Thurrock.
- Marc Okoye, is 24-year old towering centre-half who has spent recent seasons with Ryman League Premier Division sides Merstham and Dulwich Hamlet. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted Marc at the Club's Open Day last Sunday week!

Open Day - a success!
Brad explains his vision to packed clubhouse
Braintree Town's new manager Brad Quinton met the fans again on Sunday. He aims to first stabilise the Club after its relegation from the Vanarama National League and ensure his completely new look first team squad can establish themselves at that level as part of his longer term strategy.
"We are first laying the foundations and making sure the 18/19 man first team squad are 'all singing off the same hymn sheet' from the outset and know what are aim is which is to progress this club forward again," he explained to over 150 fans attending a Club open day on Sunday afternoon.
"Like at my first club in management at Enfield, we have a great deal of work to do to start with and to get the right mix of the side and have everyone involved behind us," he continued. "That takes time but we will be working hard to get things right from the start and in readiness for the first league game.
"Obviously our aim is to be in that top half of the table and at Christmas if were are in such a strong position then it would be fantastic to make the play-offs but there's a long, long way to go and a great deal of hard work before then," he added. "Initially it's all about consolidation."
Quinton, who has brought his back room team from Enfield, confirmed he had already agreed terms in principle with 15/16 players to sign but would only reveal their identity once signatures had been completed in the coming days.
With all of last season's relegation squad allowed to depart, except young home grown winger Joe Maybanks and goalkeeper Ben McNamara, Quinton is in the process of completely rebuilding a first team squad.
"We will also involve both reserve and academy players along the way and they will mix as and when with the seniors so we can what potential there is with the younger players," he continued. "One thing is for certain though is that all our players will fit and the team well organised from the start of the season."
He went on: "All the players will be constantly monitored in terms of individual fitness levels by my team using the modern techniques that are now part of the game at higher levels so there will be no excuses from them in terms of recovery time from any injuries.
"We will be looking to constantly improve their performances and we will signing players who also able to play in different positions too," he explained. "We will also have our staff out scouting for players, looking at future opponents and doing a great deal of background work which is essential at our level of the game.
"I am hoping the fans will get behind us and we in turn intend to play an attractive brand of football to both entertain and win which has always been the ethos at our Club," he added.
The Club will be holding a trialists' day on June 22 to have a look at potential players and first team training starts on June 24 with the first pre-season home friendly against Southend United on July 15.
The Vanarama National League South kicks off on Saturday, August 5th, with fixtures expected in early-July.

Seventh friendly added
Iron travel to Suffolk coast
Iron have added a seventh fixture to their pre-season schedule. Brad Quinton's new-look Braintree side will visit Lowestoft Town's Crown Meadow Road ground on Saturday, 29th July, with kick-off at 3pm. Lowestoft play in the Ryman League Premier Division and finished eleventh of 24 last season.

Sixth friendly added
Braintree to visit Newmarket's new 3G
Braintree Town have added a sixth fixture to their pre-season schedule. Iron will visit Newmarket Town's Cricket Field Road ground on Tuesday, 11th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Newmarket play in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and have just completed their first season on a state of the art 3G pitch - the first full size with cork infill in the country. With four sides having 3G pitches in next season's Vanarama National League South next season, it gives our new look Iron squad an ideal opportunity to experience game time on an artificial surface.

Fifth friendly agreed
Iron to visit Long Melford
The Club have arranged a fifth pre-season friendly. Iron Manager Brad Quinton will send the first team squad to visit Thurlow-Nunn League Premier Division side Long Melford at their Stoneylands Stadium on Saturday, 8th July, with kick-off at 3pm.

Iron appoint new Manager
Building for the future
Braintree Town have appointed their new manager. Re-joining the Club is Brad Quinton, who will be working with another former Iron Andy Porter as his assistant manager. Brad will need no introduction to the Braintree faithful, as he spent twelve successful seasons at Cressing Road. Brad finished his Iron career as the Club's record appearance holder with an amazing 546 competitive appearances, during which he scored 69 goals! Brad's time as a player was synonymous with success and included: a Ryman League play-off place, a Ryman League championship, a Conference South play-off final and a Conference South championship! Andy Porter was also an important part of those successful Braintree sides, playing nearly 200 games for the club between 2003 and 2009! Brad and Andy spent the past three years managing Ryman Leaguers Enfield, where they guided the North London side to the Ryman League play-offs last season.
Chairman Lee Harding was delighted with the appointment: "We've had some excellent applicants and I must thank all for their interest in our Club. But Brad is someone that has been instrumental in building our Club from the foot of the Ryman League to the top tier of non-League football from 2002 to 2013. But while I'm sure we will all welcome a true Iron back to our Club, his appointment is based entirely on merit. Were it not for coming across the same Dulwich side that beat us in the FA Trophy last season in his play-off match, Brad could well have taken his Enfield side into our division. His desire and enthusiasm for our Club is infectious and I sense that this move is something of a home-coming for him. But realism at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium dictates that we must not gloss over the challenges that lie ahead of us. The majority of last season's relegated side have been released and another re-building process will begin afresh. Fortunately Brad has been an integral part of many successful Braintree sides and knows exactly what is needed to turn our fortunes around after two disruptive campaigns. From the Board Room, Brad will receive our support and patience. We are not expecting, or looking for, a one-season wonder - but a return to the successful formula that brought consistent success to the Club over many years. We are all looking forward to the journey."
Brad is keen to get work underway: "I'm really looking forward to coming back to a club where I played for most of my career. I'm really enjoying management and it feels right to come back to a club where I spent so many enjoyable years. Both Andy Porter and I are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces. We've got a lot of work ahead of all of us, but it's a league I know well, have won as a player, and I'm looking forward to the season. To the supporters, so many of whom have become close friends over the past 15 years, your support and patience will be vital as there's a long journey ahead of us. I'll be looking to bring in good quality young players that will be fit, hungry and 100% committed. Things won't always go our way, that's football, but everyone in the dressing room will be entirely focused on bringing success, so it's important that everyone gets behind us."

Two more friendlies agreed
Southend and Colchester to visit in July
The Club arranged two more pre-season friendlies. Iron will welcome SkyBet League One neighbours Southend United to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 15th July, with kick-off at 3pm. A week later, Iron will welcome SkyBet League Two neighbours Colchester United to the IronmongeryDirect Stadium for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 22nd July, with kick-off at 3pm.

Ticket prices for 2017/2018
Reduced prices and discounts for season tickets
The Club have agreed matchday and season ticket prices for next season.
Adult matchday tickets will be reduced by 18% from an average of £17 last season to £14. Concessionary match day tickets for OAPs and students will be reduced by 17% from £12 to £10, while admission for under 16s will be simplified to cover all youngsters and will also be reduced by 17% from £6 to £5. All spectators can either sit in the seats or stand on the terraces.
Season tickets for the 21 league matches will be split between those purchased on or before Sunday 4th June and those thereafter. For adults, season tickets purchased on or before Sunday 4th June will be offered a 19% discount, with Adults season tickets £240.00 (or just £11.42 a match) and concession season tickets £170.00 (or just £8.09 a match). Season tickets for under 18s will be just £21.00 (or £1 a match), with each ticket including a voucher for a replica first team shirt!
After 4 June adults season tickets will increase to £265.00, concession season tickets £190.00 and under 18s will be just £42.00 (or £2 a match), with each ticket including a voucher for a replica first team shirt.
Chairman Lee Harding commented: "We have balanced the impact of relegation to the South Division with the desire to provide our manager with a competitive playing budget. We've withdrawn the additional £1 surcharge for seating (unless extra-ordinary circumstances dictate the need for additional stewarding during the season) so supporters can sit or stand whereever they please next season! Season tickets for regular supporters offer four of next season's 21 matches FREE if they are purchased at the Club's Open Day on Sunday, 4th June, but still offer savings thereafter. Finally, our thanks go to Jerry Carter for his sponsorship of the special deal to allow all our younger season ticket holders (under 18) to have a free replica first team shirt - let's see a lot or orange around the IronmongeryDirectStadium next season!"

Club to stage Open Day
Meet the management on Sunday 4th June
Braintree Town Football Club will be hosting an Open Day on Sunday, 4th June, from 2pm. The day will provide all supporters an opportunity to meet our new management team and also the opportunity to purchase the discounted season tickets for the 2017/18 season. More news on our Open Day when we have it!



WHERE TO SEE IRON

Saturday 21 October, 3pm
Bath City (Away)
Saturday 28 October, 3pm
HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE (HOME)
Saturday 4 November, 3pm
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN (HOME)
Saturday 11 November, 3pm
Poole Town (Away)

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