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Devonshire rates Wrexham win as one of the best
Alan Devonshire rates Braintree Town’s Skrill Premier win at Wrexham as among the best during his time at the club.
They may have needed a bit of assistance from their Welsh hosts, but the Iron’s part-time players made the trip across almost the entire country to put in a sterling effort to humble Wrexham’s full-time team.
It underlined the strides forward that Braintree have made in their two years in the top flight of non-league football and Devonshire hailed his players for their latest achievement.
He said: “Winning at Wrexham has to be up there with the best I’ve seen here.
“When I was playing, Wrexham were a top side and I know how hard a place it is to go.
“To do what our boys did against a full-time team is a big achievement.”
Braintree opened the scoring in the third minute when Wrexham’s Mark Carrington put the ball into his own net and they went further ahead with a goal by Dean Wells, who was fit enough to play after recovering from a hip injury.
The hosts had brought it level by half-time and were on top at the start of the second half, but Braintree showed their character by defending solidly and then got the winning strike with the game’s second own goal.
There was a touch of controversy as the linesman’s flag was raised after Steve Tomassen put the ball in his own net, but he was over-ruled by the referee and Devonshire felt it was the right call.
He added: “We were under pressure when they got it level, but we grew into the game and got the goal.
“The referee gave it and I thought it was the right decision.
“There was a player offside, but he wasn’t interfering with play when the flag went up.
“They blamed that, but we then had the better of it after that.
“It was a terrific win.”
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