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Braintree Town go third with fourth win in a row
There was no turning on its head for the form book as Braintree Town got the win at Hyde that pre-match tipsters would have predicted.
The Iron moved up to third in the Skrill Premier table as they won their fourth game in a row with two goals by Charlie Strutton and a first for the club by Jordan Cox.
Following previous wins against Southport, Wrexham and Alfreton Town, Braintree jumped two places in the table with another three-point tally.
It was a ninth consecutive league defeat for winless Hyde, who stayed at the foot of the table, however, it wasn’t as straightforward as the final scoreline may have suggested.
Keeper Nathan McDonald had to make a smart save from a Scott Spencer shot as early as the third minute and boss Alan Devonshire wasn’t happy with how his defence were exposed before the break.
However, Braintree were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to Strutton’s 36th minute goal.
The AFC Wimbledon loanee pounced on an under-hit back pass from Will Haining to Hyde keeper David Carnell and slotted home for his second goal in a Braintree shirt.
They may have been ahead but Devonshire demanded more from his players after the break.
They were disprupted by striker Sean Marks having to be replaced by Cox in the 50th minute due to a groin strain, but the Iron boss was much happier with his team’s second-half performance.
The game was effectively made safe when Cox headed down Sam Habergham’s 57th minute free-kick and Strutton fired home.
Cox’s 67th minute strike rounded things off, but Devonshire felt there was a slightly flattering look to the scoreline.
He said: “I was a bit disappointed with the way we played in the first half and especially the first 20 minutes.
“We did warn them that we needed to start quickly, but I wasn’t pleased with what we did.
“I had to sort a few things out at half-time and I felt we totally bossed it in the second half.
“It may have flattered us a little bit at 3-0 but we’ll take it.”
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