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Disappointment for Braintree Town
9:37am Monday 20th August 2012 in Sport
IT was a disappointing day for Braintree Town.at AFC Telford.
They went down 3-0 in their Blue Square Bet Conference Premier match for their first defeat of the season.
James Spray, Kieron St Aimie and Nathan Rooney grabbed the goals to sink the Iron.
Braintree boss Alan Devonshire said: “They played better than us and they deserved the win, simple as that really.
“We didn’t really play well at all and we move on to the next one “In many ways it was one of our poorest performances since I’ve been at the club and I’ll be talking with the players one on one over the next few days to sort things out.”
Telford came out of the blocks quickly and put Braintree under pressure from the start.
The home side’s Dan Preston headed against the bar from a Steve Leslie corner on two minutes.
Iron keeper Danny Naisbitt pulled off a superb block at close range from Spray and ten minutes in he was called on to stop a chance from Rooney.
But the pressure told on 15 minutes, Braintree failed to clear the ball in defence and Spray opened the scoring from close range.
And worse was to come for the visitors three minutes later.
St Aimie got on the end of a Luke Hibbins’ cross, which had been flicked on by Leslie, to put Telford 2-0 up.
But Braintree did create chances of their own.
Four minutes after half-time Adam Bailey-Dennis should have pulled one back for the visitors.
Bailey- Dennis headed just wide when he got on the end of a free-kick and new signing Michael Gash’s long range effort flew over the bar two minutes later.
However, Braintree couldn’t turn their increased pressure into goals.
And it was the home side that had the last word with a late goal eight minutes from time.
A corner from the right struck the arms of Ryan Peters, who looked to have been pushed in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot.
Rooney stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.