NEW-LOOK Braintree Town made it two wins out of two for new manager Ryan Maxwell with an impressive 2-0 victory over Tonbridge Angels in the National League South, writes RON FOSKER.

With the same 11 players – eight of them fresh signings – that beat Concord Rangers last time out, Iron strode to a comfortable win over the team who started in 11th place in the table.

They withstood early pressure from the home side before imposing themselves on the game and from around a quarter hour onwards were rarely troubled.

In contrast to the opening games of the season, this time it was the opposition who failed to put any passes together, miscontrolled the ball and looked toothless in attack.

Iron were compact throughout, solid at the back and scored twice in a second half they dominated.

Tonbridge looked dangerous in the opening minutes, calling Patrick Ohman into action in only the second minute when Rian Bray latched on to a blocked shot and aimed for the corner, but the keeper got down well to foil him.

A minute later Sam Robbins gave the ball away in a dangerous position but recovered to block Tommy Wood’s eventual effort.

And then Joe Turner twice menaced the goal, once with a cross-shot and once with a header but Ohman was equal to both.

From that point on, the home side were something of a spent force although Iron could not find a way through until after the interval.

Then in the 51st minute they moved the ball neatly from Marcus Johnson-Shuster to Jason Banton and on to Johnville Renee, whose shot from an angle appeared to take a deflection which helped it past keeper Jonny Henley.

Substitute Arjan Kresniqi’s long shot was saved as was Taofiq Olomowewe’s header from a corner before former Tonbridge man Tom Derry doubled the score.

He foiled the Angels’ offside trap but appeared to have taken the ball too wide in his attempt to round Henley. However, he pushed it clear of him and tucked it in through a narrow angle from distance.

Tonbridge had no answer and the visitors moved off the bottom of the table for the first time this season.

Braintree: Patrick Ohman; Marcus Johnson-Shuster, Taofiq Olomowewe, Sam Robbins, Nathan Smith; Jason Banton (Louis Yamfam 86), Johnville Renee (Danny Bassett 76), Matt Johnson, Olumide Oluwatimilehin (Arjan Kresniqi 86), Correy Davidson; Thomas Derry.