BRAINTREE TOWN suffered late heartache after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Slough Town.

The Iron had looked on course for a point in Saturday's Vanarama National League South contest.

However, midfielder Matt Lench grabbed the hosts' winner after 83 minutes.

George Borg took charge of the Iron following the departure of player/manager Jake Hutchings on Friday.

After just three games at the helm, Hutchings decided to step away from the club due to commitments with his young family.

He told the club he would be leaving on Thursday night after having organised training and arrangements for Saturday's match and Borg, who came in as first-team coach to work alongside Hutchings, agreed to lead the team at Slough.

It was a brief time at the helm for the 25-year-old.

He had been made captain by former manager Glen Driver but, after Driver's departure last month, Hutchings stepped up to get the team organised ahead of their trip to Hemel Hempstead.

After a positive show there, when Iron won 3-0, he was appointed as player/manager but the next three games proved tough as they were beaten 6-2 at Welling United and 4-0 by Hampton and Richmond Borough as well as going down to a 2-1 defeat in the FA Trophy by Yate Town.

Saturday's defeat means Braintree have won just one of their last nine games across all competitions but chairman Lee Harding said he had sympathy with Hutchings' situation.

He said: "I understand and appreciate the reasons behind Jake's decision.

"With a young child just a few weeks old, taking on the extra responsibility of managing our club does take significant time and Jake said that he had decided to take a break from football to concentrate on his family.

"We will always be grateful to him for stepping in to steady the ship and wish him well for the future."

Borg has already moved to make changes to the squad with two new additions to the first-team ranks.

Returning to the club is Dan Matsuzaka, who has rejoined Iron following his departure from Sutton United.

The 22-year old centre-half played 12 matches at the end of last season.

Stepping up from the club's academy is Frankie Stone.

Stone, 18, is a former Colchester United scholar and can play on the left in either attack or in a midfield role.

However, Jason Banton has left the Iron to join Romford.