REECE Grant says it will be "massive" for Braintree Town if they can get themselves clear of the Vanarama National League relegation zone.

The Iron have spent much of the season in the bottom four and it is still only Dover Athletic who are below them in the standings, but taking seven points from a possible nine under caretaker manager Hakan Hayrettin has boasted the side's chances to getting away from danger.

Their 4-2 win at Bromley on Tuesday move them to within two points of the safety area and Grant, who scored twice at Hayes Lane in midweek, felt getting clear would be a big statement from the players.

“We need to kick on now," said Grant.

“Last season we did and I’m not sure why we haven’t yet this season, but I see no reason why we can’t now.

“We are in good form and I think we can do it.

“It’s massive for us to move away from the relegation zone now.

“We have been down there so long and it’s good for us and our confidence to be moving forward now.

“We need to keep picking up wins and climbing the table.

“Even if it’s a point at a time, we need to keep climbing clear of the relegation zone and I believe we can be nice and safe.

“We play at a high tempo and we do have the quality; we can score goals and we can kick on now.

“I think the belief is there.

“We showed that at Salford; they were top of the league and we ran them right to the wire.

“We showed we could compete and I believe we can beat anyone on our day.

“I feel 100 per cent that we have a group of players who can move up the league.

“It’s a very good group in all areas of the pitch.

“It’s just about getting the balance right and I think that’s been shown in the last few league games."

Grant's two goals at Bromley, added to the one he slotted in from the penalty spot in the 2-1 home win against Dover Athletic on Saturday, took his recent tally to seven since the arrival of caretaker manager Hakan Hayrettin and his return to a regular place in the starting line-up.

“It was hard for me at the start of the season as I was on the bench a lot," said the former Heybridge Swifts striker.

“I got two (goals) against Havant but was not able to kick on from there, but since the new manager has come in, he’s said to go and show what I can do.

“I got a hat-trick in the County Cup game and have now scored in the last three games.

“I just need a run of games, but I believe in my ability to get goals at this level."

The two goals by Grant, together with an early one from Virgil Gomis and a wonderful strike by Lyle Della-Verde earned Braintree the win at Bromley in midweek and the Iron striker felt their three points were well-deserved.

Grant said: “We deserved that result as we were good from start to finish.

“We had a bit of a lapse where we let them back in but we stepped up the gears and got the win.

“The manager (Hakan Hayrettin) has come in and not really changed much but he has changed our attitudes and said how we have to work hard and have to be on the front foot and I think you could see that.

“We pressed well and the tempo was high and all he asks is that we work our socks off.

“The rest will follow from that.

“We have a pretty basic formation where we can go into transition easily to go forward and back and everyone is pulling in the right direction.

“When you lose a manager, you can’t take your foot off the pedal.

“It can all go to pot if you do that, but we are doing what the new manager has asked for and you can see that in two wins on the trot and the draw against Salford as well.

“Things are slowly changing."