Braintree Town will only find out at 7.45pm tonight whether their enforced break has hurt them or done them good as they finally look to get their FA Trophy first round tie played against Havant and Waterlooville.

The Iron have suffered two postponements for the game against the Blue Square Bet South side due to waterlogged pitches at the Amlin Stadium and, with no scheduled game last weekend, it will be two weeks since Alan Devonshire’s team kicked a ball in anger.

Their previous action was a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Wrexham in the Blue Square Bet Premier, but Devonshire has been trying to keep his players sharp during their lay-off.

He said: “We’ll only see what effect the two-week break has had come kick-off tonight, but we’ve been working them hard in training and trying to keep it fun as well.

“We also had Ryan Peters, James Mulley, Nicky Symons and Luke Daley playing for the reserves on Saturday and they all did well.

“Only non-contract players could play and to be honest I would have liked to have played more, but the ones who did got a good run out.”

Devonshire said he had striker Sean Marks back after recovering from a head wound that kept him out of their previous two games, but Brad Quinton is still out with a calf problem and Pat O’Connor is likely to miss the game due to illness.