With his squad looking stretched by injuries and recent departures, Braintree Town manager Hakan Hayrettin said he will be making some further additions and they could be coming in ahead of Saturday's game against Barrow.

Reece Grant and Mo Bettamer have opted to move on to take up the chance of full-time football with Aldershot Town and Barnet respectively in recent weeks and Virgil Gomis has headed back to parent club Nottingham Forest after an impressive loan spell with the Iron.

But the squad is also being tested by a list of injuries and Hayrettin said it was tough when they faced Sutton United in midweek.

He knows that losing that number of players would test any club and he is looking to strengthen with some new additions, but Hayrettin has been impressed with how his squad have risen to the challenges that have been presented.

"I'm looking to bring in some more players this week because things are stretched at the moment," he said.

"At any level and in any team, having the number of changes that we've had since I took charge of the first game at Salford would be a big ask.

"Look at the players who are out either from injuries or who have decided to move on.

"We have Lyle Della-Verde, Ben Killip, Christian Frimpong and (Southend United loanee) Taylor Curran all injured and Ejiro Okosieme had been ill with food poisoning.

"Then you add in Reece Grant and Mo Bettamer who have left and Virgil Gomis has gone back to his parent club and Jake Cass looks like he may be out for while now as he twisted his knee early in the game against Sutton.

"Losing all those players in any squad would be tough and you have to ask yourself how can the club sustain that, but we're still fighting and the performance against Sutton was a credit to them.

"Those boys are giving their all for this club.

"Sometimes football is a cruel game, but they are fighting now."