BRAINTREE Town’s derby day goal hero Marcel Barrington feels there will be an added spring in the Iron’s step as they head to Chelmsford City for the second part of their festive double-header.

The Iron will make the trip to Melbourne Park on New Year’s Day in positive mood after Barrington gave them a huge lift at the end of their Boxing Day encounter at Braintree.

Just as he had in the previous game at Dartford, Barrington fired home a goal that earned Braintree a point against one of their chief rivals in the race for Vanarama National League South promotion.

Against the Clarets, Barrington struck in stoppage-time to secure a 2-2 draw and he feels the high of that finish can be carried forward into the return clash at Melbourne Park on Monday.

He said: “I think that the way this ended will add a bit more of a spring to our step for that game and also going into the New Year.

“The way it ended and the way that we kept working for one another really showed our character and the way that we play.

“It will be another good game at their place for sure and we’ll be looking for the three points this time.

“If we are playing the football that we know we can then we know the goals will come.”

Barrington, who had a frustrating start to his time at Braintree after picking up a knee injury in pre-season training, is pleased to be making a positive impact for the Iron.

His goal against Chelmsford was his second in as many games after hitting the Iron’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Dartford before Christmas and he felt the way they came back against Chelmsford showed the character within the squad at the moment. “I think we deserved something from the game,” added the Iron striker.

“It was shame it wasn’t all three points but we’ll take it as the league is so tight at the moment.

“We just want to keep the results going.

“This one was similar to the one at Dartford as once we got going and playing our football, then it was only a matter of time that we’d get the goal.

“On a personal level, it’s always good to score being a forward but it’s a team thing and I just give everything for the team every time I play. The way we came back shows the character that we have in the changing room.

“Both individually and the way that we work for one another; there are no egos in there and everyone is really tight as a group.

“We all work well together and that will only help us in the long run.”