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  • Braintree Town host Dartford in their penultimate Skrill Premier home game of the season and will be looking for three points to maintain their push for a place in the play-offs at the end of the season.

4:59pm

Wow what an ending that was. Nick Hamann is the hero at the end with incredible double save to safeguard the Iron's valuable three-point haul.

4:55pm

That's it Braintree have won 1-0 and what an ending.

4:55pm

UNBELIEVEABLE - double save by Nick Hamann keeps Braintree ahead. Dart so close to levelling late on but Hamann is the hero for Braintree!!

4:51pm

Gates head equalise against Southport - big goal in the play-off race

4:47pm

Almost an own goal as Kenny Davis' cross flicks up off foot of Rory McAuley and goes just wide past flailing Julian

4:43pm

Booking for Stevenson for foul on Ryan Peters followed straight after by yellow card for Danny Harris for a foul.

4:35pm

Substitution for Braintree as Luke Daley replaces Chez Isaac on 75 mins.

4:30pm

Another amazing save by Alan Julian keeps Dartord in this game. Jordan Cox header from a corner was brilliantly kept out and Sean Marks wasn't then able to direct his header on target from the rebound

4:25pm

Swallow on for Collier for Dartford on 65 mins

4:24pm

With Max Cornhill injured on the floor, Braintree press on and James Mulley works his way into the box before pulling the ball back, but Jordan Cox's shot is weak and Julian easily collects. 

4:19pm

The Darts are lookign far more threatening this half and the Iron's defence have their work cut out.

4:18pm

There has also been a change for Dartford as Bradbrook replaces Noble.

4:17pm

Southport back in front against Gateshead which is good news for Braintree.

4:16pm

58 mins sees Braintree make a change as Cox replaces Sparkes.

4:13pm

Dean Wells gets a yellow card for simulation. He felt he had been caught in the face by Mikel Suarez and went down, referee Declan Ford didn't. From resulting free-kick, Suarez is inches away from getting an equaliser

4:09pm

Attendance here at the Amlin Stadium this afternoon is 1,200

4:06pm

Caution for Sean Marks for a foul.

4:06pm

So close to Braintree making it 2-0 as delightful through ball by Dan Sparkes finds Sean Marks who is denied by save from Alan Julian.

4:04pm

Back under way here at Braintree

3:48pm

Whistle goes for half-time with Braintree leading 1-0

3:47pm

Julian just tips over cross from Kenny Davis that was dipping under the Darts crossbar

3:46pm

One minute to be added on.

3:46pm

Caution for Lee Noble for foul on Dan Sparkes 45 mins

3:43pm

Dartford aren't lying down in this game and are trying to push on where they can but they trail 1-0 with three minutes remaining of the half.

3:39pm

Gateshead have equalised against Southport, which keeps the north-east side in the play-off places as it stands

3:33pm

Somehow it stays 1-0 as Alan Julian saves with his feet from a point-blank shot by Sean Marks from a corner. Instinctive stop by the Darts keeper keeps his team in the game. Braintree are looking far more composed now since the goal.

3:27pm

That goal was sweet as a nut after 23 minutes of some pretty tame stuff! Kenny Davis controlled the knock down by Sean Marks and slammed the ball home on the half vollyey past Alan Julian from 25 yards. Julian had no chance and the Iron are ahead.

3:26pm

GOAL Braintree lead 1-0 with a Kenny Davis rocket.

3:25pm

It's still 0-0 but play is starting to open up a bit. Sean Marks finds space in the Darts box but can't get final shot away and chance goes then Danny Harris breaks clear but scuffs his shot and the ball bobbles away harmlessly.

3:08pm

Gateshead are trailing at home against Southport which is just what Braintree will want to see.

3:06pm

Quiet first five minutes here with neither side imposing themselves on the game yet.

3:05pm

Braintree are effectively playing a 4-5-1 today. Back four of Habergham, Wells, Massey and Peters. Matt Paine is sitting just in front of them in midfield with Mulley and Sparkes out wide on the right and left respectively and Isaac and Davis in the middle. Davis is the more advanced of those two and looking to link-up with Marks up top.

3:01pm

Here we go, Braintree are shooting towards the Quag End in the first half.

Referee Declan Ford blows his whistle and we're off.

2:58pm

The players have just come out and we'll be under way here soon.

2:58pm

It's a dry day here in Essex, but the blustery wind has a bit of a chill to it.

2:44pm

Dartford subs are Craig Holloway, Ben Swallow, Alex Woodyard, Elliot Bradbrook, Kenny Clark

2:43pm

Dartford start with Alan Julian, Max Cornhill, Lee Noble, Nathan Collier, Mat Mitchel-King, Lee Burns, Danny Harris, Jim Stevenson, Mikel Suarez, Tyrone Sterling, Rory McAuley.

2:42pm

The Iron's subs are Nathan McDonald, Dan Holman, Luke Daley, Jordan Cox, Josh Laurent

2:41pm

So Braintree start with Nick Hamann, Ryan Peters, Sam Habergham, Alan Massey, Dean Wells, Chez Isaac, Matt Paine, Kenny Davis, Dan Sparkes, James Mulley, Sean Marks 

2:40pm

Dropping out are Dan Holman, who has injured his wrist and had a cast on it but is OK for a place on the bench, Nathan McDonald, who misses out as Hamann returns, and Jordan Cox, who is struggling with an ongoing back problem, but is also OK for a place on the bench. 

2:37pm

Team news for Braintree is that bos Alan Devonshire has made three changes from Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Gateshead. The previously suspended trio of Nick Hamann, Kenny Davis and Sean Marks all come straight back in for the Iron.

 

2:33pm

Good afternoon from the Amlin Stadium and the players of both Braintree and Dartford are out on a very dry pitch going through their warm-up routines. We'll have regular updates from the game once the action gets under way at 3pm.

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