NEW SHIRT SPONSORSHIP AGREED
Iron supported by Switch My Business and TakePayments
Braintree Town FC are delighted to announce a sponsorship partnership between the Club and business services provider Switch My Business and TakePayments. The arrangement will see the sponsors provide business services to the club, show their logo on the front of both Home and Away shirts, and provide sponsorship of the club training facilities.
Braintree Chairman Lee Harding was delighted with the new partnership. "These are exciting and challenging times for our Club as we return to the Vanarama National League. Support from national companies like Switch My Business illustrates the interest generated in the Club by our performances in the last two seasons. We welcome them as partners."
Group Head of Marketing Tyrese Garvie said: "Switch My Business Group is thrilled to sponsor such an amazing football club! Our support for Braintree Town FC will enhance the fan experience massively. Not only will we be providing the club with brand-new card machines and lower transaction fees, but we'll also be doing giveaways, events and much more for the fans. We're really excited."
TakePayments' Rona Warne added: "We're really excited about our partnership with Switch My Business, and sponsoring Braintree Town for the next season. We're passionate about supporting local businesses and making it easy to take card payments. Our tPOS point of sale solution offers the latest technology for the club. We understand how important local venues like this are for the community, so we're really happy to be involved!"

CAN YOU HELP? - GETTING READY TO STEP UP
The 60 Hour Makeover & Club 125
The 60 Hour Makeover - You have heard of DIY SOS and 60-minute makeover. Welcome to The 60 Hour Makeover - to complement the usual weekend working parties and to assist with the wide range of projects and tasks we have to make the stadium ready for pre-season and especially the season opener.
There are scores of areas we need to focus on including: upgrading the club house, toilets, car park and other facilities, etc.
We therefore urge fans/businesses/trades people to contact danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or call 07960 781170. Please advise the time you can dedicate, any specific areas of expertise or that you can lend a pair of hands for a few hours.
We are looking for local plumbers/decorators/general maintenance/gardeners and above all else people willing to donate their time during some of the 60-hour marathon starting at 6am on Friday 14th June until 8pm Sunday 16th June - just in time to have a deserved drink & food and watch the Euros 2024 England v Serbia game in the clubhouse!

We have teamed up with Braintree based, Full Circle Consulting. Led by two life long Iron fans, Martin Green and Danny Macklin to help drive forward, alongside others, the vital commercial revenue for the club, to further strengthen playing budgets and stadium facilities at The Rare Breed Meat Co Stadium. To establish and build new commercial partnerships with the businesses of Braintree district and beyond.
Welcome to Club 125 - the target is an ambitious one - to have 125 businesses providing vital support to the Club. Every partnership will help further increase the playing budget available to Angelo to boost our chances of success within the National League. There is an array of tailorable benefits businesses will receive by joining Club 125. With extensive coverage via TNT Sports this presents the perfect opportunity to see your brand engage with a national (as well as local) audience.
How can my business find our more or join Club 125? By connecting danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or by calling 07960 781170.

SEVENTH PRE-SEASON MATCH AGREED
Iron to visit Oxford City in early August
Braintree Town have been invited to visit Oxford City for what will be their last pre-season match on Saturday, 3rd August with kick-off at 3pm. Oxford City won the South Division play-offs in May 2023 to secure promotion to the National League. The National League season commences seven days later on Saturday, 10th August.

IT'S SEASON TICKETS DEADLINE DAY!
It's the last day to get your 'early bird' discount
The Clubhouse will be open from 2pm-5pm this afternoon, 1st June for those of you wishing to purchase their season tickets for our return to the National League next season.
The Club have agreed their match day and season tickets pricing for next season. Supporters are reminded that next season's Vanarama League will include 24 clubs and therefore 23 home league matches.
As in previous seasons, season ticket holders who purchase on or before 1 June 2024 will be rewarded with five games free of charge, while an under 18 season tickets offers an incredible sixteen games free!
We have extended our new initiative for season tickets for our younger supporters - Under 12 - who are provided with entry for just 40 - or less that two pounds a game!
Adult and concession season tickets will allow supporters to sit or stand anywhere they choose in the Stadium.
As usual, 'early bird' discounts are offered for season tickets purchased on or before Saturday 1 June 2024. To get yours, bring your form and payment with you. You can pay by card, cheque (made out to Braintree Town FC Ltd) or cash. Any queries to 01376 345617 or by e-mail to info@braintreetownfc.org.uk.
Season ticket application form can be downloaded here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.

OPEN DAY - MEET THE PLAYERS - SATURDAY 6TH JULY
Season ticket holders are invited to our Pre-Season Open Day on Saturday, 6th July
As a thank you for supporting the Club, we will be holding an Open Day for season ticket holders to meet the players on Saturday, 6th July. The players will be training in the morning and the Clubhouse will be open from 12 noon.


CLUB 125
Two new projects at the Club
Today we are launching two new projects at the Club as we gear up for life back in The Vanarama National League.
We have teamed up with Braintree based, Full Circle Consulting. Led by two life long Iron fans, Martin Green and Danny Macklin to help drive forward, alongside others, the vital commercial revenue for the club, to further strengthen playing budgets and stadium facilities at The Rare Breed Meat Co Stadium. To establish and build new commercial partnerships with the businesses of Braintree district and beyond.
Welcome to Club 125 - the target is an ambitious one - to have 125 businesses providing vital support to the Club. Every partnership will help further increase the playing budget available to Angelo to boost our chances of success within the National League. There is an array of tailorable benefits businesses will receive by joining Club 125. With extensive coverage via TNT Sports this presents the perfect opportunity to see your brand engage with a national (as well as local) audience.
The 60 Hour Makeover - You have heard of DIY SOS and 60-minute makeover. Welcome to The 60 Hour Makeover - to complement the usual weekend working parties and to assist with the wide range of projects and tasks we have to make the stadium ready for pre-season and especially the season opener. Today we are launching a campaign for fans and, as importantly, local businesses and trades people to donate their time, expertise, and ideally materials / equipment
There are scores of areas we need to focus on including: upgrading the club house, toilets, car park and other facilities, etc.
We therefore urge fans / businesses / trades people to contact danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or call 07960 781170 Please advise the time you can dedicates, any specific areas of expertise or that you can lend a pair of hands for a few hours.
We are looking for local plumbers / decorators / general maintenance / gardeners and above all else people willing to donate their time during some of the 60-hour marathon starting at 6am on Friday 14th June until 8pm Sunday 16th June - just in time to have a deserved drink & food and watch the Euros 2024 England v Serbia game in the clubhouse!
Those businesses / trades people who can support The 60 Hour Makeover will benefit from recognition across the club website and its popular social media channels. Throughout the weekend local / regional and national media will be invited to capture the rather unique programme of works. Your support last season was simply outstanding - we now urge our fans and the community of Braintree to come together to make The Rare Bread Meat Co. Stadium to be as good as it can be for home and visiting fans and to also appeal to all on non-matchdays. We very much look forward to creating something really special together.
How can I help as a fan or resident of Braintree?
Firstly, if you can kindly lend a pair of hands over the weekend in June (even if for a few hours) please do let us know. So that we can co-ordinate an action plan please contact danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or call 07960 781170 advising the support you can provide.
Secondly, if you are a business owner or can help influence the business you work for you will receive exclusive rewards ranging from discounted season tickets, match tickets, mascot packages, replica shirts, free drinks etc!
How can my business find our more or join Club 125?
If you are able to lend support with your valuable time and / or equipment and materials please do swiftly contact
danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or by call 07960 781170
We are expecting huge interest in this new Club 125 Partnership approach so encourage business owners / senior decision makers to contact
danny@FullCircleConsulting.co.uk or by calling 07960 781170
Tell me more about Club 125:
Braintree Town FC is seeking to be more than just a number back in the National League - the club's board have enabled Angelo and his team to become full-time but we want to further strengthen the playing budget to attract the best possible talent to further support our mission for the season ahead. We will shortly be launching our new 2024/25 Commercial Brochure which will present an array of commercial opportunities to suit every marketing budget - including stand sponsorship, pitch-side TV facing advertising boards, social media sponsorship, e-newsletter content and much, much more!
Our ambitious target of attracting 125 Commercial Partners into Club 125 starts today. We have outlined the headline benefits below, we can create bespoke partnership packages that are cost effective but also, in equal measure, powerful in their reach to the fans of the club, visiting fans, the local community and fellow Club 125 Business Members.
* Brand exposure on match day and other club / stadium events
* Support growth & prosperity of the towns historic football club
* To provide innovative and engaging CSR opportunities
* To engage with the fan base of the club on match days as well as via the website and social media platforms and emails
* To create a new network of like-minded businesses across a variety of sectors encouraging business to business growth
* To bring the current network of sponsors and partners together into a bigger, more rewarding partnership
* Helping youth development and creating the future squads and fitness and team working opportunities for children
* Mascot package to be used for potential online competitions
* Staff match ticket discounts
* Complimentary match tickets for staff
* Exclusive merch to celebrate being part of Club 125.
* Exclusive discounts with SCs programmes
* Logo within match day programme
* One social post to welcome you to Club 125 and to promote your services
* Website link including company bio
* Option to host networking event at your business with guest speakers
* Monthly prize draw
* End of season partner on pitch tournament
* Thank you advert to thank all 125 in Braintree and Witham Times
* Business directory to encourage fans to use Club 125 services - official Club endorsement to help you gain even more business
* Hospitality discount
* Supporter club membership
* Exclusive club shop discount
* Exclusive welcome gift
* Opportunity to provide product sampling at games, subject to availability and nature of samples
* Content on dedicated TV screen in club house showing all 125 club members
* Logo on Club 125 stadium entrance signage
Here's to the success of Club 125 & The 60 Hour Makeover - thanks in advance to our amazing fans, community and current / future commercial partners. These are exciting times for The Iron!

PRE-SEASON CHANGES
Six matches agreed to date
There have been changes to the Club's pre-season schedule. The games agreed to date are now as follows:

Tues 9 July Away v Needham Market (7.45pm)
Sat 13 July TBA
Tue 16 July Away v Leiston (7.45pm)
Sat 20 July Away v Hornchurch (3pm)
Tue 23 July Home v CRYSTAL PALACE XI (7.45pm)
Fri 26 July Home v CAMBRIDGE UNITED (7.45pm)
Tue 30 July Home v BROMLEY (7.45pm)

CLUB UPDATE
Looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead
IRON Manager Angelo Harrop and Chairman Lee Harding met up at the Rare Breed Meat Co Stadium on Thursday evening to discuss the forthcoming National League season. A positive discussion followed with the Club offering Angelo a new improved contract and support for his recommendation to switching from part-time to full time training.
Chairman Lee Harding was pleased with progress made: "With the important support of our sponsors, we are able to reward Angelo with the job security he deserves and to support his suggestion about switching to full time training.
"All of us at the Club realise the challenge that faces us next season, but we do have years of experience at that level and we were, of course, within touching distance of promotion to the Football League as recently as 2016."

SHIRT and stadium sponsors The Rare Breed Meat Co. have kindly agreed to extend their sponsorship of the Club for next season and Harding was delighted: "The support from George and Howard at The Rare Breed Meat Co. really helped the Club last season and will be even more important as we take the step up to the National League and full-time football. It's a real shot in the arm for the Club."

MATCHDAY and season ticket prices were agreed at a board meeting and it was decided to increase prices to give the squad the resources necessary to be competitive at the higher level.
Harding said: "We do realise how tough it is for so many of our community at this time, that's why we have kept our admission prices unchanged for six years, despite inflation.
"But we want to help Angelo build a squad that can be competitive and I do believe that we will once again be one of the best priced at our level, with season tickets offering even better deals!
"We will also be putting a budget in place to improve facilities at the ground while we continue to negotiate with Braintree Council about relocating to a new stadium to match the Club's long term ambitions."

THE Chairman concluded: "Finally, on behalf of the Club, thank you to all our supporters and sponsors for backing the lads through a remarkable 2023/24 campaign and we invite you all to join us on the journey again next season. Enjoy your summer and see you all in July!"

SEASON & MATCHDAY PRICES FOR 2024/25
Big discounts to be had if you purchase by 1 June 2024
The Club have agreed their match day and season tickets pricing for next season. Matchday prices for the forthcoming 2024-25 season have increased for the first time in six years following the Club's promotion back to the top flight of non-League football.
Supporters are reminded that next season's Vanarama League will include 24 clubs and therefore 23 home league matches.
As in previous seasons, season ticket holders who purchase on or before 1 June 2024 will be rewarded with five games free of charge, while an under 18 season tickets offers an incredible sixteen games free!
We have extended our new initiative for season tickets for our younger supporters - Under 12 - who are provided with entry for just 40 - or less that two pounds a game!
Adult and concession season tickets will allow supporters to sit or stand anywhere they choose in the Stadium.
As usual, 'early bird' discounts are offered for season tickets purchased on or before Saturday 1 June 2024. To get yours, the Iron Clubhouse will be open during Saturdays and Sundays, plus Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Bring your form and payment with you. Any queries to 01376 330976/345617 or by e-mail to info@braintreetownfc.org.uk.
Supporters can pay for their season tickets by card, cash or cheque and the season ticket application form can be downloaded here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.

IRON BACK IN NON-LEAGUE TOP FLIGHT
Ahead, behind and ahead again Iron prevail in extra time
After success in 2011 and 2018, Braintree Town secured a third promotion to non-League football's top flight following May Day Bank Holiday Monday's 4-3 (after extra time!) Promotion Final victory at Worthing. Dom Odusanya gave Iron a 23rd minute lead nodding home Tom Blackwell's corner from the left at the far post. But Pearce levelled for the home side ten minutes before the break before Spong put the Sussex club ahead eight minutes into the second half.
A stunning lob from Aaron Blair pulled things back to 2-2 on the hour when he lifted the ball over the Worthing keeper. Next a cracking drive from Charlie Wakefield saw Iron back in front on 66 minutes, only for Worthing to keep that scoring see-saw moving with a third leveller two minutes later! Seven minutes of time added on couldn't separate the two sides so the tie moved into extra time.
Braintree custodian Jack Sims had to be at his best to deny Worthing a fourth on 97 minutes before Davis thought he'd scored our fourth on 100, only for the match referee to award a foul in the build up. And then on 108 minutes the winner. A cracking cross from the right found Reggie Lambe at the near post who threw himself with a diving header to steer the ball past the home keeper. After a nervy two minutes of more added time, the lads were presented with the promotion trophy - we last won in 2018! Up we go - again!

PROMOTION FINAL ARRANGEMENTS
Tickets on sale from 8pm Wednesday
As a result of Saturday's win, Braintree now travel to Worthing for the Promotion Final on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, with kick-off at 3pm.
Tickets for the Vanarama South Promotion Final will go on sale at 8pm on Wednesday 1st May. The link to purchase tickets on the Worthing FC site is as follows:
https://worthingfc.com/2024/04/promotion-final-tickets/

BRAINTREE BEAT NEIGHBOURS IN PLAY-OFF
Iron secure extra time victory at Athletics Stadium
Iron reached the end of season play-off Promotion Final with a 3-2 victory at Chelmsford City after extra time. Returning to the scene of their 2006 Championship success, the first half was an even affair. After the re-start it was Braintree who broke the deadlock on 54 minutes through Leon Davies. Freddie Sears doubled our advantage ten minutes later, but Chelmsford pulled a goal back on 89 minutes and levelled two minutes into the additional five to take the game into extra time. The Braintree lads retained their patience and composure and, after seven minutes of the extra 30, Jayden Davis scored what proved to be the winner - with a sweet drive from wide on the right.
As a result of the win, Braintree now travel to Worthing for the Promotion Final on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON THROUGH TO PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL
Braintree to visit Chelmsford's Athletics Stadium on Saturday
Braintree prevailed in Tuesday evening's Play-Off Qualifier at home to Bath City by a single extra time goal. Level at ninety minutes, both sides played their part in an entertaining evening of football. Iron finally broke the deadlock with two minutes of extra time remaining. Jayden Davis raced through on the right and pulled the ball back from the goal-line for the incoming Tom Blackwell to fire into the roof of the net to secure their semi-final berth.
The semi-final match will be played against Chelmsford City at the Melbourne Athletics Stadium this coming Saturday, 27 April, with kick-off at 3pm. We understand that Braintree supporters have been allocated 660 spaces in the very far covered seating area opposite the main stand, with access via gates 1 and 2. Prices are 15 for adults, 10 for concessions and 5 for 12-17 and free for 11 years and under.
Tickets for Braintree supporters will be restricted until 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. The link to purchase tickets, plus an additional 10% booking fee with half of that going to the CCFC Foundation, is as follows:
https://chelmsfordcityfc.com/play-off-semi-final-tickets/

TONIGHT'S PLAY-OFF QUALIFIER
Gates open at 6pm and season tickets not valid for this match
This evening's Play-Off Qualifier against Bath City will kick off at 7.45pm and turnstiles will we open from 6pm.
Given the larger than usual attendance that is expected, supporters are advised to arrive earlier than usual to avoid any delay in entering the ground.
Admission will be 15 adults, 10 concessions (OAPs and those in full time education) and 5 under 18s. The play off match will be played on a cup tie basis with gate shared therefore season tickets for this match are not valid.
If the scores are level at 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will follow. If the scores remain level at the end of extra time the outcome of the tie will be determined by that taking of kicks from the penalty mark.
The winners of this match will play Chelmsford City away in the Play Off Semi Final at the Melbourne Athletics Stadium on Saturday, 27 April, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON PREPARE FOR TUESDAY'S PLAY-OFF
Braintree completed 46 match campaign in fifth place
Braintree prepared for this coming Tuesday evening's End of Season Play-Off Qualifyer at home to Bath City with an odd goal in three defeat at home to Eastbourne Borough, who had already seen there league safety secured 48 hours previously. Iron looked lively early on and took a nineteenth minute lead through Freddie Sears, who converted a cracking pass from Jayden Davis. The Sussex club levelled four minutes before the break through Yahya Bamba and took the lead five minutes after the re-start through Alfie Bendle. With Iron focused on Tuesday evening's play-off match, the game looked set to finish 2-1 in the visors favour before Joe Grimwood levelled on 90 minutes, with a looping header from Lewis Miccio's cross, only for the visitors to secure the three points through Uche in time added on. Eastbourne had two players sent off late in the game: Yahya Bamba on 82 minutes and captain Brad Barry in time added on.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 23rd April, and a Vanarama South Play-Off Qualifyer at home to Bath City, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

VICTORY AT RELEGATED HAVANT
Coulthirst double secures three points
Iron made the journey down to Portsmouth to face relegated Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and returned home with the three points following their 2-1 victory. After a goal-less first half Aaron Blair broke on the left but saw his effort from a tight angle just evade the far upright. But Iron didn't have to wait long for the opener. Six minutes after the re-start, Blair released Coulthirst. He broke forward to be one on one with Havant keeper Ross Warner, who then brought him down to concede a penalty. Coulthirst recovered sufficiently to tuck the ball from the spot past Warner for 1-0. Havant struck the woodwork as they tried to respond, before McCarthy then netted an equaliser on 65 minutes from a tight angle from a left-hand corner. But Shaq Coulthirst netted the decider on 77 minutes. Freddie Sears released Coulthirst who drove his shot low through the struggling Warner for 2-1.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 20th April, and a final Vanarama South fixture at home to Eastbourne Borough, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON HELD BY TAUNTON
Sims penalty save secures point
Braintree Town welcomed lowly Taunton Town to the Rare Breed Meat Co Stadium on Tuesday evening and were held to a frustrating goal-less draw. Iron were first to test the opposition keeper with Freddie Sears dipping volley from all of 25 yards requiring an excellent save to deny a fourth minute opener. But Taunton were given a real chance to take a tenth minute lead when they were awarded a penalty, however Iron keeper Jack Sims was a match to it and saved Ross Stern's spot kick. Aaron Blair tried his luck before the break but his effort was well saved by the visitors keeper.
After the break, Iron pushed forward and George Wakefield saw his effort from the edge of the box palmed away by the Taunton keeper. Joe Grimwood saw his header from a Tom Blackwell keep dip just over. Iron continued to press and Blackwell had a chance as the end of the game approached, but failed to hit the target as Iron had to settle for a share of the points from the goal-less draw.

IRON SECURE PLAY-OFF SPOT AT WESTON
Three matches remain to finish as high as possible
Iron secured a place in the end of season promotion play-off places for the second successive season after Saturday's single-goal victory at Weston-super-Mare. Iron dominated for most of the match and Tom Blackwell tried his luck from the edge of the box after just ten minutes, but it was deflected wide. On 26 minutes a Blackwell free-kick on the right fell for Baris Altintop, but his glancing header just missed the target. On 32 minutes Joe Grimwood rattled the Weston crossbar with a cracking drive which thundered back into play and safety. After the break Iron continued to press. On 54 Dom Odusanya released Aaron Blair on the edge of the Weston penalty area. Blair's first touch wrong-footed the Weston keeper, but he recovered sufficiently to deny an opening goal. But with 20 minutes remaining Iron finally scored the decider. A cracking ball from Alfie Payne in his own half found Blackwell on the left. Tom turned the Weston left back inside out before launching the ball into the roof of the net for 1-0. On 77 minutes Shaq Coulthirst released Blair inside the home 18-yard box, but Aaron's shot dipped just wide. Late on Weston threw bodies forward and Iron keeper Jack Sims had to be at his best to deny a long range effort from Reuben Reid with four to play. In time added on Weston saw a header dip just over from a corner but saw out time to secure the three points.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 9th April, and a re-arranged Vanarama South fixture at home to Taunton Town, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

BRAINTREE PATIENCE REWARDED AGAINST HEMEL
Second half goals secure Easter maximum point return
Braintree had to be patient on Easter Monday against a well organised Hemel Hempstead side. After a lacklustre first half, Iron fired into action after the break and finally broke the deadlock on 54 minutes. A Tom Blackwell corner on the right was nodded on at the near post by Joe Grimwood and glanced inside the far left upright by Aaron Blair. Iron kept pushing forward and added the important second mid-way through the second half. Blair was on hand again to pounce on a mix-up between the two Hemel central defenders to break into the visitors penalty area and lift the ball passed the exposed Hemel keeper Craig King for 2-0. With six minutes of normal time remaining King's afternoon deteriorated further when he was dismissed for a second caution after racing out of his penalty to remonstrate with the match referee.
The win leaves Braintree with four league matches to play, needing to win two of them to guarantee an end of season play-off place.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 6th April, and a Vanarama South fixture at Weston-super-Mare, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON SECURE HOLIDAY WIN AT ST ALBANS
Single-goal victory at Clarence Park on Good Friday
Iron came back from their short trip to Hertfordshire with a single-goal victory at fellow Promotion Play-Off hopefuls St. Albans City on Good Friday. The decider came on 21 minutes. Playing from the back, the home side were dispossessed by Freddie Sears wide on the right. Struggling to recover, the home side retreated before Sears again pressed and saw his snap shot saved by Matt Johnson. However the ball fell kindly to Aaron Blair who headed the free ball into an unguarded net. After the break both sides had chances to get the important next goal. Blair saw his half chance just miss the target on 49 minutes, before a chance for the home side was deflected away from danger by Jo Grimwood on the hour. Blair had another great chance on 66 minutes but saw his pass to Sears blocked. Similar followed ten minutes later with Blair through on Johnson but the home keeper saved well. Jeffers should have done better on 80 minutes but couldn't get his header on target. Both sides pushed forward in the seven minutes of time added on but the Iron defence held on to secure the three points to remain in third place.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Easter Monday afternoon, 1st April, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Hemel Hempstead Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

UNBEATEN RUN COMES TO AN END
Early goal gives Braintree mountain to climb
Braintree Town's fourteen match unbeaten league run, including ten wins and four draws, came to an end on Saturday as they were beaten by the only goal by leaders Yeovil at the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium. The visitors took a fourteenth minute lead when a corner on the right was headed into the far bottom corner by Frank Nouble. Iron responded as Lewis Miccio set up Shaq Coulthirst three minutes later who saw his header fall to the Yeovil keeper. Seven minutes after the break Aaron Blair grabbed possession just inside the visitors half and raced forward before seeing his lob from all of 30 yards dip just over the bar. On 57 minutes, Jayden Davis tried his luck with another long range effort but his 25-yarder dipped just over. With six minutes remaining Yeovil could have added a second when Ollie Thomas's cross was headed at the far post but brilliantly saved by Jack Sims. A decent crowd of 1,985, with 206 travelling up from Somerset.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Good Friday afternoon, 29th March, and a Vanarama South fixture at seventh-placed St. Albans City, with kick-off at 3pm.

HONOURS EVEN AT HOME TO WEYMOUTH
Both sides spurn chances to win the game
Iron played Weymouth for the second time in 72 hours on Tuesday evening at the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium but had to settle for a hard-earned point from a goal-less draw. The Dorset side were the better of the two sides during the first half and Iron keeper Jack Sims had to be at his best to deny a header from the visitors' Panter after just eight minutes. Seven minutes later Rollinson saw his shot saved by Sims, as did Goodship's 22nd minute effort. Iron got more into the game as the interval approached. On 25 minutes a Lewis Miccio cross found Tom Blackwell, but the Iron winger saw his snapshot blocked. Baris Altintop tried his luck from all of 25 yards on the half hour but was high and wide of the target. Best chance of the half came two minutes before the break. Freddie Sears released Reggie Lambe on the right - he crossed for Blackwell but he saw his head just miss the far post. The second half saw Iron more in control. On 56 minutes a Lambe cross found Shaq Coulthirst, but his header was well saved by the Weymouth keeper. Midway through the second period, Sims had to be at his best to block a Roberts shot. On 78 minutes Lambe released substitute Aaron Blair, but he couldn't keep his shot down. Touray should have scored for the visitors on 80 minutes with his header, but it fell kindly for Sims to gather. Substitute Jayden Davis then had a couple of late chances blocked or just miss the target as Iron pushed bodies forward for a late winner they but could not break down the resolute Weymouth defence as the game ended goal-less. The point leaves Iron third, five points adrift of second placed Chelmsford City but with a hame in hand.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 23rd March, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Yeovil Town, with kick-off at 3pm. As this is Non-League Day, a larger than usual crowd is expected for this match and spectators are advised to arrive a little earlier than usual to ensure entry to the ground before kick-off.

PATIENCE REQUIRED FOR IRON AT WEYMOUTH
Skipper Altintop heads home the winner
Braintree Town moved into the top three of the Vanarama South table following Saturday's single goal victory at Weymouth. The first half was an even affair with Joe Grimwood's near post header after eleven minutes from Tom Blackwell's corner the closest Braintree came to breaking the deadlock. After the break Braintree continued to push forward in search of a winner. Jayden Davis saw his effort from wide on the right palmed away by the Weymouth keeper before a series of substitutions provided Braintree with added impetus. With fifteen minutes remaining a free-kick on the left was lifted into the home six-yard box with venom by substitute Reggie Lambe for the incoming Baris Altintop to glance his header in at the near post. Iron saw out the remaining time with few scares and can now look forward to the return fixture on Tuesday evening.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 19th March, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Weymouth, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

BRAINTREE BACK TO WINNING WAYS
Pressure sees Iron break down Dartford resistance
Iron returned to winning ways with last Tuesday evening's two-goal victory over Dartford at the Rare Breed Meat Company Stadium. Iron were putting more and more pressure on the Dartford goal as the first half progressed and eventually took the lead after 22 minutes. A series of corners from the right eventually found Shaq Coulthirst who steered home Tom Blackwell's ball in. After the break Iron continued to press but a combination of desperate defending and wayward shooting denied a second. Late on Dartford's efforts weren't helped when their Jordan Greenidge was dismissed for a poor challenge on Jack Sims. But any late concerns were allayed when Iron added a second in time added on. Wakefield set up Tom Blackwell on the left, he cut inside before steering his shot into the far corner. The three points lifted Iron back up to fourth in the table with games in hand over the three sides (who all lost) above them.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 16th March, and a Vanarama South fixture at Weymouth, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON AND SLOUGH SHARE ENTERTAINING DRAW
Aaron Blair nets again
Braintree Town and visitors Slough Town fought out an entertaining draw at the Rare Breed Meat Company Stadium on Saturday. The first half was a very even affair with both sides having chances to take the initiate and relying on their keepers to keep them in the match. After the interval Braintree upped their game and made the break through just before the hour mark. Shaq Coulthirst and Tom Blackwell linked well before Tom drilled his cross into the box for the waiting Aaron Blair. The Braintree striker struggled to control before finally stabbing the ball past the Slough keeper Dan Lincoln. But Slough were good value for their equaliser which came with 15 minutes to play, when substitute Cook-Appiah finished a sweeping move down the right. George Wakefield had a half chance to grab Iron a second with ten to play. Tom Blackwell saw his shot saved by Lincoln and the ball fell to the unmarked Wakefield, but his effort was just wide of the target. The two dropped points saw Braintree slip to fifth, but still with games in hand over the sides above them.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 12th March, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Dartford, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

BRAINTREE BATTLE FOR A POINT AT WELLING
All square at Park View Road
Iron came home from Saturday's 2-2 draw at a resurgent Welling United having twice trailed in a lively first half. The Park View Road side took a tenth minute lead through Jack Burchell who converted Grant's cross. Iron didn't find it easy to get themselves into the game and had to wait until the 38th minute before they drew level. A fine cross from Alfie Payne found Shaq Coulthirst at the far post. His header was blocked but Aaron Blair was on hand to steer home to rebound from close range. A minute before the break and the South East London side were awarded a penalty after the ball struck Dominic Odusanya's arm in the box and Grant netted from the spot. But Braintree levelled in the last moments of the first half from another penalty. This time Leon Davies created havoc in the home penalty area and it was a home defender that handled - Coulthirst drove home the resultant spot kick. Iron were in the ascendancy for much of the second 45 minutes but struggled to break through the home defence, as the game finished all square.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 9th March, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Slough Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON UP TO FOURTH AFTER WIN AT BATH
Blair and Coulthirst turn things around
In what proved to be a game of two halves at Bath City's Twerton Park ground, Braintree recovered from going a goal down to win 2-1 in Somerset on Tuesday evening. Bath took the lead after 16 minutes through Yeboah, who latched on to a fine pass before rounding Sims in the Iron goal to score. The home side were the better of the two sides before the break but Braintree took the initiative after the interval. Aaron Blair got Braintree back on level terms mid-way through the second period. Tom Blackwell broke on the right and crossed into the home 18-yard box. The ball was only partially cleared to Blair who volleyed the ball back into the bottom corner past home keeper Casa-Grande. Braintree continued to push forward for the winner and it came from the penalty spot with six minutes remaining. Shaq Coulthirst broke into the home penalty area where he was up-ended by Casa-Grande and Coulthirst recovered to place the resultant spot kick past the Bath keeper. The win lifted Iron to fourth in the table.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 2nd March, and another Vanarama South fixture at Welling United, now managed by former Iron boss Rod Stringer, with kick-off at 3pm.

BRAINTREE WIN AT WORTHING
Aaron Blair separates the two sides
Iron moved up to fifth in the end of season play-off places following Saturday's single goal success at second-placed Worthing. Credit to the Braintree players who not only secured the three points through Aaron Blairs fine effort but also in restricting the best attack in the division - Worthing having previously netted 77 goals in their 34 matches. prior to Saturday. The decider came moments before the half hour with Blair hitting the target from the edge of the Worthing 18-yard box.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday, 27th February, and another Vanarama South fixture at fourth-placed Bath City, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

IRON LEAVE IT LATE AGAINST TONBRIDGE
85th minute winner secures the three points
Braintree returned to the play-off places with a single goal victory over Tonbridge Angels. The lads had to be patient as the winner didn't arrive until five minutes from time. A fine flowing move from the Iron lads saw Alfie Payne open up the Tonbridge defence for the incoming Jayden Davis to sweep the ball home to secure the three points.

10-MAN IRON PREVAIL AGAINST TORQUAY
Braintree to submit report to The FA
A thoroughly professional display from Iron saw them defeat visitors Torquay United by the only goal on Saturday. Iron were reduced to ten men after just 26 minutes when Alfie Pavey was dismissed for a challenge wide on the left. While the determined challenge may have dictated a caution, the fact that Pavey made no contact with the Torquay player, who simply jumped over the challenge, left many in the crowd feeling a little bemused. But the harsh treatment galvanised the Braintree players who extended their recent good form and had their share of the goalmouth action. The teams turned around goal-less, but Braintree took a 56th minute lead when a short corner was set up for Tom Blackwell to drive his half volley into the roof of the visitors net from a tight angle. The visitors failed to impress, despite their man advantage and could have been reduced to ten men themselves when Charlie Wakefield was scythed down by Arkell Jude-Boyd in front of the Main Stand, but only a caution followed. The seven minutes of time added on were extended to over eleven by the match referee, but the Iron defence remained resolute. Despite the win, the views of the home club will be included in the detailed report to be submitted to The FA.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday, 20th February, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Tonbridge Angels, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

ALTINTOP NETS WINNER AT CHIPPENHAM
Iron leave it late to secure win
Braintree Town journeyed down to Wiltshire to visit Chippenham Town on Saturday and returned home with the three points from a single-goal victory. The two sides fought out a dour battle before Iron finally broke the deadlock with fifteen minutes remaining. A Tom Blackwell corner on the left was swung over to the far post where Baris Altintop stabbed the ball home from close range. Braintree could have grabbed a second four minutes later when Shaq Coulthirst set up Blackwell, through on the home 'keeper but Tom saw his shot zip just the wrong side of the upright. The victory closed the gap between Iron, now up to eighth in the table, to just three points between themselves and the end of season play-off places.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 17th February, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Torquay United, with kick-off at 3pm.

FIRST HALF GOALS SINK DOVER
Braintree Town moved to within three points of the end of season play-off places with a comprehensive three-goal victory
Braintree Town moved to within three points of the end of season play-off places with a comprehensive three-goal victory over bottom side Dover Athletic at the Rare Breed Meet Co. Stadium on Saturday. All the damage was done by the Iron front line before the break. Jayden Davis put Iron ahead on eight minutes, his shot from the edge of the 18-yard box took a wicked deflection to beat Dover keeper Daniel Jinadu. A thunderous Ben Tomkins header made it 2-0 after 22 minutes before Aaron Blair. Alfie Pavey released the Iron striker behind the Dover defence. He took the ball around Jinadu before slotting the ball into an empty net to add a third for Iron ten minutes before the break.
Next up for Braintree is next Saturday, 10th February, and another Vanarama South fixture at Chippenham Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

VICTORY AT TRURO
Goals from Davis and Pavey secure away day three points in Plymouth
Iron made the long journey down to Plymouth to play Truro City and came home with the three points after an odd goal in three victory on Saturday. Following a goal-less first half, Braintree broke the deadlock on 64 minutes when an attempted Truro clearance ricochetted off Jayden Davis past the home keeper for 1-0. Six minutes later and it was 2-0. An inch-perfect cross from Davis was met Alfie Pavey who saw his header beat the keeper. The home side pulled a goal back on 81 minutes to set up a nervous last 15 minutes, but The Iron defence held firm to secure the three points that lifts them to eleventh and four points off the play-off places.
Next up for Braintree is next Saturday, 3rd February, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Dover Athletic, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON EARN POINT AT MAIDSTONE
Grimwood header levels things up in Kent
Braintree Town ventured across the Thames on Tuesday evening and earned a deserved point from a 1-1 draw. Iron were unfortunate to turn around behind after Faal took advantage of the space afforded him to shoot past Sims just before the interval. But Iron were level seven minutes after the re-start when Tom Blackwell's corner was met with a thundering Joe Grimwood header at the far post. Iron had chances to grab a winner but had to settle for a point.

TAUNTON GAME - MATCH OFF
Referee deems pitch to be unsafe
Saturday afternoon's match at home to Taunton Town has been postponed. The pitch is currently frozen and, although there were still 24 hours until kick-off the referee was of the opinion that the pitch would not be safe. The game will now be re-arranged for a Tuesday evening in February. More news on this when we have it!

VACANCY: FOOTBALL SECRETARY
Club have a vacancy for a Football Secretary
The Club have a vacancy for a Football Secretary. The position is a part-time voluntary one and would be ideally suited for a supporter wanting to play an integral part in the day-to-day running of the club and would also be invited to be an associate director of the Club. The Football Secretary is responsible for all player registrations and will liaise closely with Manager Angelo Harrop.
Previous Secretary David Bland has advised the Club of his intention to step down from his role, but will offer a hand-over to his replacement.
If you would like to assist the Club with this important job, please e-mail Chairman Lee Harding at braintreeTFC@aol.com for more information.

IRON RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
Second-placed Hampton beaten
Braintree Town returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over second-placed Hampton & Richmond Borough at the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium on Saturday. Iron were ahead after 31 minutes through Matt Ward's volley from the edge of the 18-yard box before Shaq Coulthirst's low diving header at the near post added a second just before the interval. The Middlesex club pulled a goal back with 17 minutes remaining through Anifowose's volley from the edge of the box, but Coulthirst was on hand to calm any late nerves with his second, a calm finish after excellent work by Ben Watt, and our third in time added on.
Next up for Braintree is a week on Tuesday, 16th January, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Weymouth, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

POINTLESS HOLIDAY FINISHES AT CHELMSFORD
Iron beaten 3-0 again in return holiday fixture
Braintree Town lost their second successive holiday fixture 3-0, this time away to neighbours Chelmsford City on New Year's Day. Iron started brightly and Lewis Miccio saw his effort from a tight angle miss the target after just five minutes. 11 minutes later a goalmouth scramble saw Shaq Coulthirst's effort blocked on the home goal-line. Despite the early dominance Iron conceded on 17 minutes when Callum Watts squeezed his shot past Jack Sims at the near post to give Chelmsford the lead. On 23 minutes Coulthirst saw his shot deflected for a corner and City keeper Henry Gray had to be at his best to deny Baris Altintop's volley. City were reduced to ten men on the half hour when Dave Winfield was dismissed for a clash with Joe Grimwood. Tom Blackwell almost got Iron back on level terms after 39 minutes, before the home side's Charlie Ruff added a second just before the break, netting from close range at the far post. The game was all but over ten minutes into the second half when Jermaine Francis was hauled to the ground on the edge of the Braintree 18-yard box and Samir Carruthers stepped up to drill the resultant spot kick past Sims for the final score of 3-0.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 6th January, in the Vanarama South fixture at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough, with kick-off at 3pm.

BRAINTREE SUFFER POOR SECOND HALF
Chelmsford City win 3-0 in holiday fixture
Iron lost 3-0 at home to near neighbours Chelmsford City on Boxing Day. After an impeccably observed minute's applause to mark the loss of Paul Catley, the first half saw the Melbourne club start brightly before Braintree got back into the game. Reggie Lambe saw a fourth minute effort from the edge of the Chelmsford 18-yard box just miss the target before Hockey saw his effort well saved by Jack Sims moments later. Sims had to be at his best on 11 minutes to deny Carruthers. Aaron Blair had a half chance on 18 minutes cleared by the visitors as did Tom Blackwell a couple of minutes later. An end to end first half almost finished with a goal as Lambe's 25-yard effort in time added on rebounded from the post with City keeper Gray beaten.
After the break Chelmsford gained the ascendancy and Francis broke the deadlock for the visitors halfway through the second half. Iron lost their composure for a while and the visitors capitalised when Ruff nodded home unmarked to give City a two-goal lead after 75 minutes, to which Hockey added a third for Chelmsford with ten minutes remaining.
Next up for Braintree is the opportunity to put that poor second half display right this coming Monday afternoon, New Year's Day 1st January in the return Vanarama South fixture at Chelmsford City, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON DOMINATE BUT LOSE 1-0
Braintree squander so many chances
Braintree Town slipped out of the end of season promotion play-off places after a single goal defeat at Farnborough. Iron were by far the better of the two sides before the break. Shaq Coulthirst headed a Tom Blackwell free-kick just over after six minutes, while Aaron Blair hit the crossbar six minutes later. On 21 minutes Matt Ward did well to open up the home defence but saw his effort just clear the bar. On 26 minutes Blair saw another effort blocked by home keeper Turner, while the home defence had to be at their best on the half hour to deny Coulthirst as Braintree controlled proceedings. After the break Farnborough posed more of a threat but Iron still had the better chances. On 58 minutes Blair saw his effort miss the target, while the home side could have taken the lead 12 minutes later. The game looked set to finish goal-less until Farnborough took advantage of a long ball over the top. Keeper Jack Sims raced to intercept but fouled Michael Folivi - and Aaron Kuhl scored from the resultant penalty with 15 minutes remaining. Iron kept chasing and Blair again posed a threat on 77 minutes but saw his effort zip over. In time added on Coulthirst saw his effort from the edge of the home 18-yard area dip over the bar as Iron paid for the countless missed chances and returned home beaten 1-0.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday afternoon, Boxing Day 26th December and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Chelmsford City, with kick-off at 3pm. Given the larger than usual crowd expected for this match, spectators are advised to arrive a little earlier than usual for this match.

IRON BACK IN PLAY-OFF PLACES
Single-goal separates Braintree & Aveley
Braintree returned to the top seven of the Vanarama South after a single-goal victory over visitors Aveley on Saturday. The goal came on nineteen minutes and it was a well-worked set piece. A Devonte Aransibia corner from the right was met sweetly by the head of Tom Blackwell who steered his header past Aveley keeper Jon North into the far left corner. Five minutes later Aaron Blair and Shaq Coolthirst combined to set up Blair, but his shot just fails to hit the target. After the break Blair broke forward but Aveley defender Harry Gibbs did well to block a likely goal. On 70 minutes a fine ball from Blackwell released Blair who sees his first time effort well parried by North. Iron continued to create chances for a second but the game wound down to a tense 1-0 finish.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 23rd December and a Vanarama South fixture at Farnborough, with kick-off at 3pm.

BRAINTREE OUT OF COUNTY CUP
Iron go down at Hashtag
Braintree Town are out of this season's Essex Senior Cup, going down by three goals to one at Isthmian Leaguers Hashtag United. The home side took a sixth minute lead through Alex Teniola and were two goals ahead by half-time, Matthew Woolridge's drive getting the better of Josh Blunkell three minutes before the break. It looked to be all over on 66 minutes when Hashtag added a third through Camilo Restrepo, but Iron were thrown a tenuous lifeline moments later when Aaron Blair was upended in the home 18-yard box for a penalty which Reggie Lambe tucked away. Iron pushed forward late on for the goals to get themselves back in the game but could not add to their tally. We wish the home side the best of luck in the rest of the competition.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 16th December and a return to Vanarama South action with the visit of Aveley, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON DENIED BY LATE PENALTY LEVELLER
Braintree all square at The Beveree
Braintree made the journey around the M25 to visit third-place Hampton & Richmond Borough and returned home with a point from an entertaining 1-1 draw. Iron took the lead in the 80th minute. The goal had an element of good fortune about it as Reggie Lambe tried his luck with a shot from outside the home penalty area and it took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the home keeper and squirm inside the left post. But the home side responded in the fourth minute of the six added on when they were awarded a penalty which Seymour converted to earn the Middlesex side a point.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Monday evening, 11th December, and an Essex Senior Cup match at Hashtag United, with kick-off at Bowers & Pitsea FC at 7.45pm.

WEYMOUTH MATCH OFF - FROZEN PITCH
6.30 pitch inspection and deteriorating weather forecast dictate postponement
Our Vanarama South fixture at home to Weymouth, scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 2nd December, has been postponed because of a frozen pitch. The Club arranged for a local referee to inspect the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium pitch at 6.30 this (Friday) evening and the pitch was frozen. With the deteriorating weather forecast for the next 24 hours - with the temperature tomorrow expected to struggle to get much above freezing - and our opponents early departure tomorrow morning at 8am, it was deemed sensible for the match to be postponed and re-arranged for another date.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 5th December, and a Vanarama South match at Hampton & Richmond Borough, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

HASHTAG UNITED AWAY IN SENIOR CUP LAST 16
Iron travel to Isthmian Premier side in Round Four
Iron have been drawn away (again) in the Essex Senior Cup with their Fourth Round tie scheduled to be played by 23 December at Isthmian League side Hashtag United. News on a date when we have it.

BRAINTREE PROGRESS IN COUNTY CUP
Second half penalty secures victory
Iron commenced their defence of the Essex Senior Cup with a comfortable single-goal victory at Essex Senior Leaguers Stanway Rovers on Tuesday evening. The goal came midway through the second half when Michael Brothers was fouled in the home penalty area and Reggie Lambe drilled the resultant spot kick under the home keeper. The Fourth Round draw will take place later this month.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 2nd December, and a Vanarama South match at home to Weymouth, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON SECOND BEST AT SLOUGH
Lacklustre display at Slough
Braintree Town slipped to a disappointing three goal defeat at Slough on Saturday. Iron suffered a poor start going a goal down in the first four minutes when Chambers gave the Berkshire club an early lead. The goal stifled Braintree's efforts with only a Reggie Lambe shot from the edge of the box worthy of note during a quiet first half. After the break, Gio Critchlow tried his luck midway through the second half but his shot was blocked. Pushing players forward Iron were caught with 11 minutes remaining when a backpass fell agonisingly short and Nathan Minhas raced forward and tucked the ball past Sims for 2-0. Critchlow and Aaron Blair combined well with six minutes remaining but Blair saw his shot dip just over. It proved to be academic for Braintree in time added on as Harry Barbrook was adjudged to have handed in the penalty area and Mickel Platt's spot kick just beat Sims for 3-0.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 28th November, and a Essex Cup fixture at Stanway Rovers, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

BRAINTREE MOVE INTO PLAY OFF PLACE
Aaron Blair brace secures victory at Dartford
Two goals from Aaron Blair secured another three points for Iron against 10-man Dartford on Tuesday evening. The Kent club were reduced to ten men just before the interval when Paul Rooney was dismissed for a poor challenge on Joe Grimwood. After the break Iron were ahead on 49 minutes when Matt Ward's cross from the right to the far left upright was swept home by Blair. The Iron striker added a second midway through the second half. Jack Sims throw out found Gio Critchlow on halfway. He turned Dartford's Altintop inside out before releasing Blair breaking forward on the left. Blair raced into the home 18-yard box before steering his effort into the far corner for 2-0. The three points lifted Braintree to sixth in the Vanarama South table.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 25th November, and a Vanarama South fixture at Slough Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON LOOK JADED IN TROPHY DEFEAT
Braintree over-run in lacklustre second half
Three second half goals ended Braintree's brief interest in this season's FA Trophy as they went out beaten 3-0 in Saturday's Second Round tie at Gloucester City on Saturday. Iron looked lively from the off with both Aaron Blair and Ben Watts trying their luck without hitting the target. An even first half was followed with a second half controlled by the home side. Gloucester took 53rd minute lead when Joe Parker steered the ball home from a corner before Ben Beresford added a second on 79 minutes after his initial effort was denied by Jack Sims. Beresford's second seven minutes later sealed Braintree's fate with a header. As a result of this defeat Iron have no fixture on Saturday 9th December, with the Braintree lads instead having a double training session to look forward to on the day!
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 21st November, and a Vanarama South fixture at Dartford, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

BRAINTREE HIT FOUR, AGAIN!
Positive response to last Saturday as Welling are beaten
Iron registered their third successive four-goal home salvo with Tuesday evening's victory over visitors Welling United. Braintree were ahead through Shaq. Coulthirst after seven minutes - a Matt Ward cross from the right was picked up by Gio Critchlow who saw his attempted shot fall to Coulthirst and he steered the ball past Welling keeper Javarn Pitterson from close range. Aaron Blair made it 2-0 nine minutes later - breaking forward on the left he raced into the Welling 18-yard box before cooly sliding his shot inside the far right upright. Matt Ward added a third on 23 minutes. A neat one-two between Ward and Blair saw Ward regain possession in the Welling box and drill his shot under Pitterson for 3-0. Welling pulled a goal back four minutes after the re-start through Dominic Odusanya before Ward added his second eight minutes from time. A quick free-kick 40 yards from goal was fed to Ward who broke forward, skipped past a challenge before firing his drive from 25 yards in the top right corner. The win lifts Braintree to within a point of the play-off positions in eighth place.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 18th November, which sees a switch to Isuzu FA Trophy action and a Second Round tie at Gloucester City, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON WAKE UP CALL IN SUSSEX
Costly mistakes leave Braintree with a mountain to climb
Braintree Town returned from their trip to the Sussex coast beaten 3-1 by Eastbourne Borough. Iron made the worst possible start when a second minute ball from the right flank from Decarrey Sheriff was nodded into the far corner by Billy Vigar. A quick counter-attack saw Iron level after 20 minutes when Shaq. Coulthirst released Tom Blackwell on the edge of the home penalty area and he steered the ball into an unguarded net. But Eastbourne regained their advantage as the interval approached when they responded quickly to a mistake in the Braintree defence and Fletcher Holman converted the easiest of chances. After the break the situation deteriorated further for Braintree with ten minutes remaining as the Iron defence were easily dispossessed and Leone Gravata added the third.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 14th November, and another Vanarama South fixture at home to Welling United, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

STUNNING FIRST HALF DISPLAY SEES BRAINTREE JUMP TO NINTH
Four goals in 26 minutes sees Braintree dominate
Iron moved to within a point of the end of season play-off places with a commanding four-goal victory over visitors St Albans City at the Rare Breed Meats Co. Stadium on Tuesday evening. Braintree took the lead on 18 minutes. A free-kick on the left was steered down the flank before being floated into the near post - where a diving header from Joe Grimwood guided the ball past St Albans keeper Sam Bentley inside the far upright. Three minutes later and it was 2-0. A weak clearance from Bentley fell to a St Albans player in midfield but he was quickly dispossessed and the free ball was lifted by Will Davies towards Shaq. Coulthirst on the edge of the visitors 18-yard box from where he guided the ball over the sprawling Bentley into an empty net.
The third came on 41 minutes. A break on the left was fed inside for Coulthirst who released Davies on the edge of the visitors penalty area from where he rolled the ball passed Bentley and in off the right upright. A minute before the break and it was 4-0. Coulthirst again, breaking forward with pace - he beat the St Albans defence with his mobility before tucking his second of the evening over the stranded Bentley and into the right corner.
Iron continued to press after the break. Tom Blackwell hit the post a minute after the re-start and Coulthirst saw his attempted hat-trick effort cleared off the goal-line for a corner on the hour. The Iron forward line pressed but the St Albans occasionally frantic defence survived further as the game finished 4-0. The three points lifting Braintree to ninth in the table.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 11th November, and another Vanarama South fixture away at Eastbourne Borough, with kick-off at 3pm.

ESSEX CUP DATE AGREED
Iron to visit Essex Senior League side on 28 November
Braintree Town have been drawn away to Essex Senior League side Stanway Rovers in the Third Round of this season's Essex Senior Cup, with the match now confirmed for Tuesday, 28th November, kick-off 7.45pm. The Hawthorns club are currently in 19th place of 20 in the Essex Senior League with three wins and two draws from their 15 league games to date.

IRON PUT FOUR PAST HAWKS
Clinical goalscoring puts Braintree three points off play-off places
Braintree Town welcomed Havant & Waterlooville to the Rare Breed Meats Co. Stadium on Saturday and won comfortably by four goals to one. Iron were ahead after 22 minutes through Will Davies. He drove the ball off the left upright after the visitors keeper had blocked a Ben Mason shot and Mason followed up to steer the ball across the Havant penalty area for the unmarked Davies. After the break, Shaq. Coulthirst made it 2-0 on the hour. Reyes goal-kick was nodded on by Davies for the breaking Coulthirst who lifted the ball over the stranded Havant keeper from the edge of the box. Aaron Blair made it 3-0 on 76 minutes. New signing Matt Ward came on as a 74th minute substitute and his first involvement was to break on the right and send an inch-perfect cross for the unmarked Blair to head home into an empty goal. Four minutes later Reggie Lambe made it 4-0. Picking up possession just inside the Havant half, he broke straight through the heart of the visitors defence - skipping past four attempted challenges - before rounding the keeper and steering the ball into an empty net from a tight angle. Billie Busari scored a late consolation for the visitors.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 7th November, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to St. Albans City, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

GLOUCESTER CITY AWAY IN THE FA TROPHY
Iron to visit Vanarama North side on 18 November
Braintree Town have been drawn away to Vanarama North side Gloucester City in the Second Round Proper of this season's Isuzu FA Trophy, with the match scheduled for Saturday, 18th November, kick-off 3pm. The Sudmeadow Road club are currently in 22nd place in the North Division with two wins and five draws from their 15 league games to date.

BRAINTREE BEATEN AT LEADERS YEOVIL
Goals in each half see Iron lose 2-0
Braintree Town returned home from Saturday's long journey down to Somerset, beaten by two goals to nil at leaders Yeovil Town. Iron were behind on the half hour after Vicente Reyes weak punched clearance fell to Yeovil's Worthington who lifted the ball into the net from 25 yards. In time added on at the end of the first half Iron were almost level after Leon Davies header drew a fine reflex save from Yeovil keeper Day. After the break the conditions deteriorated in the heavy rain, but Iron more than matched the home side as they continued their search for an equaliser. However, pushing players forward Iron were caught in the 90th minute when Hyde broke forward and rounded Reyes to add a flattering second for the home side.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 4th November, and a Vanarama South fixture at home to Havant & Waterlooville, with kick-off at 3pm.

SECOND SUCCESSIVE WIN FOR IRON
Davies brace sees Iron jump four places to thirteenth
Braintree Town returned home from Tuesday evening's visit to Hemel Hempstead Town with the three points after a dominant two-goal victory. Iron took the lead after 25 minutes when Reggie Lambe set up Will Davies who drilled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the 18-yard box. Ahead at the break, Braintree kept on coming and Davies added our second twelve minutes from time. Again Lambe proved to be the provider as his cross into the box from the right was tucked home to secure the victory.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday afternoon, 27th October, and a Vanarama South fixture at Yeovil Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON RECORD THIRD LEAGUE WIN
Blair volley and penalty secure the points
Braintree Town secured their third league win of the season, defeating visitors Weston-super-Mare by two goals to nil on Saturday. The opening goal came on 57 minutes when a through ball from halfway was headed on by Gio Critchlow for the predatory Aaron Blair who then riffled his shot inside the far left upright. With 20 minutes remaining it was 2-0, this time from the penalty spot. Weston's Rex Mannings threw John White to the ground in front of the referee to concede the spot kick which Will Davies drove into the bottom corner to secure the three points.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Tuesday evening, 24th October, as we have a Vanarama South fixture at Hemel Hempstead, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

SATURDAY'S GAME
Heavy rain forecast to move away late afternoon
We switch our attentions back to the Vanarama South and the visit of Weston-super-Mare, this coming Saturday, 21st October, with kick-off at 3pm. As at 11am on Friday we have heavy rain, but this is forecast to move away late afternoon and we are forecast a dry night and Saturday morning, followed by light showers during the day tomorrow (Saturday). Secretary James Crysell will be in touch with both the match referee and our opponents today and in the morning. We will do all we can to ensure the pitch is playable for tomorrow's game. Keep updated via the Club website and social media.

FA CUP RUN COMES TO AN END
Late leveller and missed spot kick costs Iron
Braintree Town's FA Cup run is over after a 3-1 Fourth Qualifying Round replay defeat at Chesham United. Iron enjoyed the majority of first half possession and were eventually rewarded with a deflected Aaron Blair goal a minute before the break. His cross into the home six-yard took a deflection and dropped beyond the grasp of home keeper Zaki Oualah. Ahead at the interval Iron continued to take the game to the Southern League side. Chasing the game Chesham pushed forward in numbers and were eventually rewarded with an equaliser in the third minute of the four added on.
This gave the impetus to Chesham who then looked brighter in extra time. They took the lead in the fourth minute of the extra 30 through Sinclair, but Iron were thrown a lifeline with a penalty three minutes later. With a chance to get themselves back in the game, Oualah guessed the right way for Blair's spot kick and the sides changed ends with Iron still trailing 2-1 with fifteen minutes to play. Braintree pushed players forward in search of the equaliser including keeper Reyes late on and were caught at the death. With all eleven Braintree players in the opponents half, Chesham broke and Zak Joseph added the home side's third into an unguarded net.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 21st October, as we switch our attentions back to the Vanarama South and the visit of Weston-super-Mare, with kick-off at 3pm.

NEW DATE FOR TRIP TO HAMPTON
Iron to visit Beveree in early December
Braintree Town's trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Vanarama South, postponed due to last Saturday's FA Cup fixture, has been re-arranged. Iron will now visit the Middlesex club on Tuesday, 5th December with kick-off at 7.45pm.

REPLAY NEEDED IN THE FA CUP
Braintree denied by organised Chesham defence
Braintree Town and Chesham United will have to do it all again in Tuesday evening's replay after Saturday's Emirates Fourth Qualifying Round tie ended goal-less. Iron started brightly with Ben Watt having a couple of early shots that failed to hit the target. After 18 minutes Alfie Payne set up Tom Blackwell on the left but his shot just missed the far upright. Moments later Blackwell was released by Aaron Blair and this time his effort required a fine save by Chesham keeper Zaki Oualah. On 25 minutes Toby Stevenson lifted his cross/shot into the box from all of 35 yards and just fails to hit the target. Debutant Braintree keeper Vicente Reyes made his first save just before the interval to hold a volley from Chesham's Eoin Casey.
Goal-less at the break, George Quantrell hit the upright with a shot from the edge of the 18-yard area after 46 minutes. Midway through the second half Watt tried his luck from all of 30 yards, but his effort rattled the crossbar. After 70 minutes Tom Blackwell saw his free-kick tipped over and on 79 minutes substitute Dan Sparkes saw a concerted penalty shout waved away after his shot was blocked by a defenders hand. in the last minute of the five additional, the Buckinghamshire club could have sneaked an unlikely winner, but their neat corner kick was blocked by the Iron defence.
The replay will take place this coming Tuesday evening, 17th October, at Chesham's Amy Lane ground - postcode HP5 1NE. The winners will be at home to Vanarama South side Maidstone United in the First Round.

IRON LATE LEVELLER EARNS A POINT
Super fit Iron score late again
Iron held high-flying Bath City to a 1-1 draw at the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium on Saturday. Iron made a positive start and a cross from Aaron Blair after just four minutes almost caught Bath keeper Ollie Wright off guard, but it dipped just over. Will Davies saw his 8th minute effort saved by Wright, while Blair's 9th minute effort was blocked by the Bath defence. the visitors could have taken the initiative on the half hour when Hayfield's header tested Braintree keeper Josh Blackwell, but the Iron custodian steered the ball around the upright. Leon Davies tried his luck from the edge of the visitors' 18-yard box, but his effort missed the target.
Goal-less at the break, Blair saw his 48th minute effort blocked, before the deadlock was finally broken just after the hour through Scott Wilson after a fine attacking move from the visitors. Ben Watt's throw-ins caused problems for the Bath defence and Reggie Lambe could have levelled on 64 minutes, but he fired over. Iron looked certain to level on 83 minutes when Gio Critchlow released Davies, but a late tackle denied a likely equaliser. Going into time added on Braintree finally levelled in the fourth minute of the five added on. A cross from the right was only cleared as far as the alert Blair, who turned on a sixpence, drilled his effort into the top-corner to earn his side a deserved point.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 14th October, as we switch our attentions back to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round and the visit of Chesham United to the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium, with kick-off at 3pm.

CHESHAM AT HOME IN THE FA CUP
Braintree entertain Chesham in the Fourth and Final Qualifying Round
Braintree Town have been drawn at home to Chesham United, of the Southern League Premier Division South, in the Fourth and Final Qualifying Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup competition, with the match scheduled for a week on Saturday, 14th October - kick-off 3pm. The Buckinghamshire club are well placed in second position in the Southern Premier South table, with seven wins and a draw from their nine league games to date. In last Saturday's Third qualifying Round they defeated Isthmian League Premier Division visitors Margate 2-0.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 7th October, as we switch our attentions back to the Vanarama South and the visit of high flying Bath City, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON LEAVE CUP PROGRESS LATE AGAIN
Braintree through having trailed 2-0 with 18 to play
Braintree Town continued their progress in this season's Emirates FA Cup with another late goal proving pivotal to the outcome. Iron welcomed Vanarama North side Brackley Town to the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium and shared the first 45 minutes with their Northamptonshire opponents. Aaron Blair saw his tenth minute effort blocked for a corner and he could have opened the scoring on 33 minutes when Tom Blackwell set him up, but saw his effort deflected just wide. Goal-less at the interval, Brackley opened the scoring on 56 minutes through Dan Turner and doubled their advantage six minutes later through Alex Gudger. But Blackwell threw his side a lifeline with 18 minutes remaining, netting from close range, and proved provider six minutes later when his fine cross was headed home by Will Davies. With 90 minutes played and most in the crowd contemplating the replay, a speculative ball into the visitors box from the right was only half cleared to the unmarked Blair who volleyed the ball straight back into the top right hand corner. Iron saw out the remaining ten minutes of time added on to reach the fourth and final qualifying round for the first time in five years. As a result of our FA Cup victory, our Vanarama South fixture away at Hampton & Richmond, scheduled for a week on Saturday, 14th October has been postponed. News of a new date for our trip to Hampton when we have it.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 7th October, as we switch our attentions back to the Vanarama South and the visit of high flying Bath City, with kick-off at 3pm.

BRAINTREE SECURE POINT AT AVELEY
Sending off pivotal in outcome
Iron made the journey to County neighbours Aveley and came home with a point from a 1-1 draw. A stunning strike from Matt Carson put us ahead after just four minutes and Braintree enjoyed arguably the best of the first 45 minutes. Tom Blackwell tried his luck from the edge of the box after 15 minutes and a length delay following a head injury to Joe Grimwood saw the first period extended to 53 minutes.
After the re-start Iron's chances were dealt a blow when Grimwood, who had already been booked before the break, was cautioned for a second time for not waiting for the match referee to signal for him to rejoin the game after he had required additional treatment. The subsequent reorganisation saw the impetus switch to the home side and they levelled through Rush on 71 minutes. But Iron worked hard for the remainder to secure a point.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 30th September, as we switch our attentions back to the Emirates FA Cup and a Third Qualifying Round tie at home to Vanarama North side Brackley Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON CUP HOPES BACK FROM THE DEAD
Kyran Clements header saves Braintree's FA Cup dreams
Braintree Town left it oh so late to level the scores in their Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay match at the Rare Breed Meats Co. Stadium before progressing with an Aaron Blair brace in extra time. Like the first game at Canvey Island, Iron fell behind just before the break when Evans Kouassi swept the ball into the bottom corner past the unsighted Jack Sims from the edge of the box.
The home side took the game to the Isthmian Leaguers during the second half but struggled to break down the Canvey defence. With the clock winding down, it looked like Iron were about to be on the wrong end of a 'giant-killing' in the FA Cup, until a free kick on the right in the eighth minute of time added on was lofted into the visitors penalty area and Kyran Clements glanced his header off the inside of the left upright to level the scores.
Braintree looked the fitter of the two sides during the extra half hour and two goals from Blair saw Iron secure what had looked to be a very unlikely passage into the next round, where they will entertain Brackley Town a week on Saturday, 30th September, with kick-off at 3pm.
Next up for Braintree is this coming Saturday, 23rd September, and a trip to Aveley for another Vanarama South match, with kick-off at 3pm.

ALL SQUARE IN THE CUP
Iron come from behind to earn replay
Braintree Town travelled to Canvey Island for their Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie on Saturday and had to work hard to earn themselves a replay. With Will Davies set to leave the Club in search of full time football, Kyran Clements moved into the heart of the Iron attack. An even half seemed set to finish goal-less until the Islanders took the lead just before the interval - Hall heading home from a free-kick.
After the break, Iron had to up their game and took the match to the home side. Five minutes after the pre-start, Tom Blackwell tried his luck but his shot zipped over the bar. Moments later Ben Mason tried his luck but his effort was blocked by the home defence. Dan Sparkes returned to the Club last week and came off the bench on 54 minutes. The re-organisation in the Iron side paid almost immediate dividends as George Quantrell steered his effort into the corner to level up the scores just before the hour. Sparkes did well on 63 minutes to set up Aaron Blair who saw his effort cleared by the home keeper. Iron pushed forward for the winner, Alfie Payne saw his 75th minute effort dip just over, while Blackwell saw his late effort just miss the target. But the final score of 1-1 was a fair reflection with Iron improving after the break.
The replay will be at the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium this coming Tuesday, 19th September, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

IRON & FARNBOROUGH SHARE THE SPOILS
All square at the Rare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium on Saturday
Braintree Town welcomed visitors Farnborough to the Rare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium on Saturday and secured a point from an absorbing 1-1 draw. Iron had the worst possible start - conceding a penalty in the opening minute when Ben Mason's mis-timed challenge saw the Hampshire side secure a penalty which Alfie Pavey converted with a header after his initial effort was saved by Jack Sims. But Ben made amends almost immediately. Pressure in the visitors 18-yard box saw the ball fall kindly to Ben who drilled the ball home to level things up after just six minutes. Mid-way through the first half Iron had a strong shout for a penalty as George Quantrell was barged over in the visitors 18-yard box, but appeals were waived away by the match referee. Farnborough were fortunate to retain eleven players on the pitch just after the half hour. The lively Tom Blackwell broke on the right. Cutting inside he was cut down by a two-footed challenge from Adam Mekki, but the culprit was fortunate to escape with a caution. Five minutes before the break Farnborough could've retaken the lead when Ollie Robinson's long throw was met by Olly Pendlebury, but his header grazed the outside of the upright.
1-1 at the break, Pavey could've added a second four minutes in but saw his header sail over the crossbar. On 53 minutes Ben Mason's stinging drive from all over 25 yards just zipped over the bar and two minutes later Sims had to be at his best to deny Pavey from close range. On 57 minutes Blackwell released Quantrell but his shot was well saved by Farnborough keeper Jack Turner. A Toby Stevenson header on 78 minutes just missed the target and then, with three minutes remaining, a scramble in the visitors 18-yard box was frantically cleared by the visitors as Iron pressed for the winner, but neither side were able to break the deadlock as the game finished 1-1.
Next up for Braintree this coming Saturday, 16th September, is a rest from Vanarama South action as Iron visit Canvey Island in the Second Qualifying Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup match, with kick-off at 3pm.

GOAL-LESS (AGAIN) AT TONBRIDGE
Third successive trip to Tonbridge ends goal-less!
Braintree Town visited Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday evening and, like their two previous visits, returned home with a point from a goal-less draw. Iron started brightly with both Ben Tomkins and Will Davies having half chances. Aaron Blair saw his 20th minute effort dip just over from the edge of the 18-yard area. The home side also had their chances and only a last-ditch tackle from Tomkins denied Greenidge. Matt Carson tried his luck on 26 minutes and Tom Blackwell saw his long distance 34th minute effort deflected for a corner.
Just after the re-start Davies tried his luck from all of 25 yards but his effort just skipped wide of the upright. Blair was through on the home goal after 57 minutes but Tonbridge keeper Henly saved. Jack Sims did well to block Akanbi effort with ten minutes remaining and the home side rattled Sims post three minutes later. Arnold Matshazi's 86th minute effort deflected kindly into the grasp of Henly but, despite the five minutes of additional time, the game fizzled out into the now traditional goal-less draw.
Next up for Braintree this coming Saturday, 9th September, and the visit of Farnborough to Braintree for another Vanarama South match, with kick-off at 3pm.

CANVEY ISLAND AWAY IN THE FA CUP
Iron travel to Canvey Island in the FA Cup
Braintree Town have been drawn away to Isthmian League Premier Division side Canvey Island in the Second Qualifying Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup Competition. This match will be played on Saturday, 16th September, with kick-off at 3pm.
Canvey Island are currently 14th of 22 in the Isthmian League Premier Division, with two wins and three defeats from their five league matches to date. They recorded their second win last Bank Holiday Monday with a 3-1 victory at Island neighbours Concord Rangers. They defeated Haringey Borough 3-2 on the open day of the season but then lost three successive league games at Dulwich (1-4), Kingstonian (1-2) and at home to Bognor Regis Town (1-3). They progressed to the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup last Saturday with an emphatic 5-1 home victory over visitors Lowestoft Town in the First Qualifying Round.

LEADERS BEATEN 4-0
Iron impress in four-goal win
Braintree Town welcomed leaders Worthing to the Rare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium on Saturday and knocked the Sussex club off the top of the table thanks to an emphatic 4-0 victory.
After 18 minutes a free kick on the left was lifted into the Worthing penalty area was nodded down by Will Davies at the far post. It was palmed away by the visitors keeper Roco Rees but the rebound was headed into an empty net by Joe Grimwood.
After 37 minutes Iron doubled their advantage. Aaron Blair raced on to a long clearance from Ben Tomkins on the right. Out-pacing the Worthing defence, he saw his first effort blocked by Rees but slid the rebound into an empty net.
In first half added time, Braintree added their third. Surging into the box on the left, Tom Blackwell was crudely up-ended to secure a penalty. Tom got up and cooly tucked the resultant spot kick into the corner.
After 73 minutes it was 4-0. This time Blair turned provider. Breaking on the right he raced to the Worthing 18-yard box and his shot/cross was steered home by Will Davies.
Next up for Braintree is a trip to Kent to visit Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday evening, 5th September with kick-off at 7.45pm. This is followed next Saturday, 9th September, by the visit of Farnborough to Braintree for another Vanarama South match, with kick-off at 3pm.


NEW STADIUM SPONSOR
Braintree Town FC & The Rare Breed Meat Company
The Club are pleased to announce a partnership has been agreed with The Rare Breed Meat Company to sponsor Braintree Town FC's Cressing Road Stadium. This will now be known as the Rare Breed Meat Co. Stadium.
Chairman of the football club, Lee Harding said "The club aims to provide football at the highest sustainable level for local fans. Generous support such as this from The Rare Breed Meat Company will help the club to compete at its current level in the National League South."
The Rare Breed Meat Company specialises in rearing and supplying high quality meat and poultry. Further information about them can be found at https://www.therarebreedmeatcompany.co.uk/.
Owner Howard Blackwell said "We welcome this opportunity to promote our company name while supporting our local football club. Good luck for the season ahead!"
The club is always pleased to discuss how local companies can partner with us to sustain National League football in the town. Contact btfcmarketing@icloud.com for details.

A POINT FROM HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Goal-less draw followed by narrow defeat
Braintree Town took just a point from their two matches over the August Bank Holiday weekend. On Saturday Iron entertained Chippenham Town and, despite dominated for lengthy period, had to settle for a point from a goal-less draw.
On August Bank Holiday Monday, the long 550-mile round journey saw the players at a hotel on Sunday night to prepare for the game on Monday. Iron were lively from the off and took a sixth minute lead through Will Davies who opened up the home defence before sliding his shot past the home keeper. Keeper Jack Sims will be disappointed with Torquay's equaliser twelve minutes into the second half as he saw a free-kick wide on the left floated over him into the far corner. Iron continued to push forward but tired late on and Sims conceded a penalty in the fifth of the eight additional minutes. Torquay broke into the home 18-yard box and the Braintree keeper raced off his line to deny possession only to concede a spot kick which was duly converted.
Next up for Braintree is the visit of Worthing this coming Saturday afternoon, 2nd September, with kick-off at 3pm.

POINT APIECE AT DOVER
Early lead chalked off
Braintree Town ventured down the M2 to visit Dover Athletic on Saturday and came home with a point from an entertaining 1-1 draw. Iron took the game to the home side from the off and Tom Blackwell's shot in the opening minute hit both posts before skidding away for a throw. But the Braintree fans didn't have to wait long for an opener, skipper Kyran Clements volleying home from a corner after just six minutes. Clements had the chance to double Braintree's advantage on 15 minutes but saw his snapshot just miss the target. Dover got themselves back into the game after 25 minutes when the second of two successive speculative appeals for a penalty were rewarded with a spot kick and Dunne sent Sims the wrong way to roll the ball into the bottom right corner.
A couple of minutes after the half time interval keeper, Sims had to be at his best to deny a long range effort. On 75 minutes an intercepted pass saw Josh Dawudo release Nnamdi Nwachuku on the edge of the home 18-yard box. He took the ball around a defender only to see his shot from a tight angle palmed away by the home keeper.
Next up for Braintree is the visit of Chippenham Town this coming Saturday afternoon, 26th August, with kick-off at 3pm.

IRON BEATEN BY MAIDSTONE
Odd goal in three defeat
Braintree Town slipped to an odd goal in three defeat at home to visitors Maidstone United on Tuesday evening. The Kent club took the lead on the half hour from Bone, but Iron were level early in the second half. Two minutes after the re-start a Tom Blackwell cross was headed home by Harry Beadle. But former Braintree player Sam Corne added a second for Maidstone on 71 minutes to secure his side the three points.
Next up for Braintree is a visit to Dover Athletic this coming Saturday afternoon, 19th August, with kick-off at 3pm.

CLEMENTS SECURES BRAINTREE'S THREE POINTS
Two goals to the good, Iron need a late, late third
Iron let a two-goal lead slip in the fifth minute of time added on but were not to be denied three points at Cressing Road on Saturday. Braintree looked comfortable at the interval - two goals ahead and playing some good football. Toby Stevenson put Iron ahead on 23 minutes. He took advantage of slack defending to take the ball on the left and tucked the ball past the exposed Truro keeper. Tom Blackwell doubled our advantage three minutes before the break again getting the better of the keeper from close range.
Seven minutes after the break, a mistake by Jack Sims let Greenslade pull one back for the visitors and Iron had to defend their more slender advantage. They looked to have completed that task until the fifth minute of six added minutes saw Truro level through Neal. But Iron heartache turned to joy from the re-start as Kyran Clements headed home to give Braintree a deserved 3-2 victory.
Next up for Braintree is the visit of Maidstone United this coming Tuesday evening, 15th August, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
For those of you still to collect them, Season tickets will be available for collection from the passes gate before the game against Maidstone - see Alan Robson for your ticket!

IRON SECOND BEST IN SOMERSET
Early lead is turned around in a gale
Braintree Town came back from the long journey down the M4 & M5 to Taunton with little to show for a poor performance in difficult conditions. Playing with gale-force winds behind them during the first half, Iron dominated early on and were gifted a fifth minute lead when the home keeper's clearance struck Nnamdi Nwachuku and rebounded into an unguarded goal. But the home side levelled in the third minute of the two additional first half minutes through Grimes and netted the winner through Stearn with the wind at their backs sixteen minutes from time.
Next up for Braintree is the visit of Truro City this coming Saturday, 12th August, with kick-off at 3pm.
For those of you still to collect them, Season tickets will be available for collection from the passes gate before the game against Truro - see Alan Robson for your ticket!

PRE-SEASON FINISHES WITH IPSWICH VISIT
Ipswich Town XI to visit on Friday evening
Braintree Town complete their pre-season fixtures with a friendly at home to Ipswich Town this Friday evening, 28th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Admission is by card or cash on the turnstile and is just 10 for adults and 5 for concessions. The clubhouse bar will be open before, during and after the match.
Iron have enjoyed a series of pre-season friendly matches so far with victories over Clacton Town (1-0), Ipswich Wanderers (4-1), Holland (6-1), Sudbury (1-0) and Canvey Island (4-0). We lost 1-0 at Needham Market last Saturday and drew 0-0 at Hornchurch last Tuesday. After the Ipswich friendly, Iron's next fixture is away at Taunton Town a week on Saturday, 5th August, with kick-off at 3pm.
Season tickets will be available for collection from the Clubhouse after the match against Ipswich Town - see Alan Robson for your ticket.

IRON START AT TAUNTON
Torquay away August Bank Holiday Monday
Iron start their Vanarama South fixtures with a trip to Somerset to visit Taunton Town on Saturday, 5 August. Their first home fixture is a week later, Saturday, 12 August when we entertain Truro City - who were promoted from the Southern League Premier South following their 3-2 play-off victory at Bracknell. The following Tuesday, 15 August sees Iron at home again to Maidstone United, who were relegated from the National League at the end of last season.
The August Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August, sees Iron travelling down to Devon to visit Torquay United, who were also relegated from the National League at the end of last season. Iron start their Christmas and New Year holiday fixtures with a trip to Farnborough on the Saturday before Christmas, 23 December, before entertaining neighbours Chelmsford City on Boxing Day, Tuesday, 26 December. The return, at the Melbourne Athletics Stadium, taking place on New Year's Day, Monday, 1 January 2024. Easter is early next year and our Good Friday match, on 29 March 2024, is away at St. Albans City, followed by the visit of Hemel Hempstead Town on Easter Monday, 1 April 2024.
Iron finish their Vanarama South fixtures at home to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, 20 April 2024.
In this season's Emirates FA Cup competition, Iron start their involvement in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday, 16 September, with the draw scheduled to take place on Monday 4 September. The Third Qualifying Round will be on Saturday 30 September, followed by the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday 14 October and the First Round Proper on Saturday 4 November.
In this season's Isuzu FA Trophy competition, Iron have been exempted until the Second Round Proper on Saturday 18 November, with the draw scheduled to take place on Monday 30 October. The Third Round will take place on Saturday 9 December and the Fourth Round on Saturday 13 January.

IRON START PRE-SEASON WITH A WIN
Victory against Clacton
In the pouring rain at Cornard United's ground, Braintree Town started their pre-season fixtures with a single-goal victory against Clacton. A team of trialists competed in the first half for Iron and turned around goal-less. After the break a stronger side took the field and Nnamdi Nwachuku tucked home the decider on 72 minutes from a Josh Dawodu cross from the right. Next up for Iron is a trip to Easter Counties League champions Ipswich Wanderers at Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich IP4 3NR this coming Saturday, 8 July, with kick-off at 3pm.


23/24 KIT AGREED
Club go with the old and the new
The Club have agreed their playing kit for the forthcoming 2023/24 season. The traditional orange & blue is back for the home kit, together with the diagonal band concept switched from last season's popular away kit. Away from home the Club have switched to a pale all green kit with the subtle super-imposition of the club badge on the shirt. If you would like to purchase a replica of the new kits - please speak with Chairman Lee Harding or e-mail him at chairman@braintreetownfc.org.uk for more information.


125 YEARS YOUNG
Club celebrate anniversary
While some clubs come and go, The Iron carry on relentlessly. Founded in 1898, we celebrate our anniversary and the Club badge will be adjusted subtlely to commemorate our longevity. Here's to the next 125 years.

GOODBYE & THANK YOU
Club looking for new Shirt and stadium sponsors
Our previous shirt and stadium sponsors - Dunmow Group - have withdrawn their sponsorship of the Club. If you are interested in any or all of: home shirt, away shirt or stadium sponsorship of The Iron - please speak with Chairman Lee Harding or e-mail him at chairman@braintreetownfc.org.uk for more information.

VACANCY: SALES & MARKETING
Club have a vacancy for someone to assist with our Sales & Marketing
The Club have a vacancy for a Sales & Marketing Manager. The position is a part-time voluntary one and would be ideally suited for a supporter able to spare a little time to assist with the financing of the Club. The role involves liaising with new and existing sponsors and advertisers.
If you would like to help the Club with this important role, please e-mail Chairman Lee Harding at chairman@braintreetownfc.org.uk for more information.

VACANCY: VIDEOGRAPHER
Club have a vacancy for someone to record our matches
The Club have a vacancy for a Videographer, to replace Maurice Pilgrim who has stepped down. The position is a part-time voluntary one and would be ideally suited for a supporter wanting to play an important role at the Club. The role involves recording every home match at the Club and uploading match footage to various servers.
If you would like to assist the Club with this important post, please e-mail Chairman Lee Harding at chairman@braintreetownfc.org.uk for more information.

FRIENDLY MATCH - CHANGE OF VENUE
Our game against Sudbury will now take place at Cressing Road
Our pre-season friendly match against Sudbury will now take place at Cressing Road on Saturday, 15th July, with kick-off at 3pm.

GET YOUR SEASON TICKETS AS YOU WATCH THE CUP FINAL
Get your early purchase season ticket discounts on Saturday, 3rd June
The Clubhouse will be open on Saturday, 3rd June from 2pm-8pm for supporters wishing to take advantage of the discounted season ticket prices for the coming 2023-24 season while watching the all-Manchester FA Cup Final. See below for more price information.

VACANCY: FOOTBALL SECRETARY
Club have a vacancy for a Football Secretary
The Club have a vacancy for a Football Secretary. The position is a part-time voluntary one and would be ideally suited for a supporter wanting to play an integral part in the day-to-day running of the club and would also be invited to be an associate director of the Club. Previous Secretary Matt Hawtin has stepped down from his role following changes to his day time employment.
The Football Secretary is responsible for all player registrations and will liaise closely with both Manager Angelo Harrop and Assistant Manager Steve Pitt. The role also sees responsibility for working with the National League and opposing clubs to confirm fixtures, etc.
If you would like to assist the Club with this important job, please e-mail Chairman Lee Harding at braintreeTFC@aol.com for more information.

CLUBHOUSE OPENING TIMES FOR SEASON TICKET PURCHASES
Get your early purchase season ticket discounts by Saturday, 3rd June
The Clubhouse will be open on Saturday, 27th May from 2pm-8pm; on Thursday, 1st June from 7.30pm-9pm; and on Saturday, 3rd June from 2pm-8pm for supporters wishing to take advantage of the discounted season ticket prices for the coming 2023-24 season. See below for more price information.

TICKET PRICES FOR 2023-2024 ANNOUNCED
Matchday prices held for sixth successive year
The Club have agreed their match day and season tickets pricing for next season. Matchday prices for the forthcoming 2023-24 season will remain unchanged for the sixth year in succession.
Next season's Vanarama South Division will again include 24 clubs and therefore 23 home league matches. Adult and concession season tickets bought on or before Saturday 3 June 2023 will allow supporters to sit or stand anywhere they choose in the Stadium.
As in previous seasons, season ticket holders who purchase on or before 3 June 2023 will be rewarded with five games FREE of charge, while an under 18 season tickets offer an incredible FOURTEEN games free!
We have extended our new initiative for season tickets for our younger supporters - Under 12 - who are provided with entry for just 23 - or just a POUND a game!
As usual, 'early bird' discounts are offered for season tickets purchased on or before Saturday 3 June 2023. To get yours, the Iron Clubhouse will be open during Saturdays and Sundays, plus Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Bring your form and payment with you. Any queries to 01376 330976/345617.
Supporters can pay for their season tickets by card, cash or cheque and the season ticket application form can be downloaded here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.

PROMOTION HOPES END AT WORTHING
Iron lose by odd goal in three
Braintree Town's end of season promotion play-off hopes started and ended at Worthing on Wednesday evening. Iron made the worst possible start conceding in the opening couple of minutes but levelled after ten through Lamar Reynolds.
Back on level terms, the two early goals set up a pulsating match that saw both sides have chances to take the initiative. All square at the break, Zak Bradshaw saw his effort scrambled clear two minutes into the second half, while Alfie Pavey's header came back off the upright after 55 minutes. Two minutes later saw the West Sussex side unlock the Iron defence to score what proved to be the winner.
Iron then pushed forward to get back into the game, while the home side also found Jack Sims in fine form to keep Braintree's hopes alive. But as the clock wound down, the Iron players couldn't find a way through the well-marshalled Worthing defence and will now look to build on the progress of this campaign next season.
Next up for Braintree is a pre-season friendly at home to an Ipswich Town XI on Friday, 28th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm.



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PRE-SEASON 2024-25
Tue 9 July 2024 (7.45pm)
Needham Market (Away)
Sat 13 July 2024 (3pm)
TBA
Tue 16 July 2024 (7.45pm)
Leiston (Away)
Sat 20 July 2024 (3pm)
Hornchurch (Away)
Tue 23 July 2024 (7.45pm)
CRYSTAL PALACE XI (HOME)
Fri 26 July 2024 (7.45pm)
CAMBRIDGE UNITED (HOME)
Tue 30 July 2024 (7.45pm)
BROMLEY (HOME)
Sat 3 August 2024 (3pm)
Oxford City (Away)
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HOW WE FINISHED