AN 89th minute goal consigned Braintree Town to their second 2-2 draw of the weekend at Billericay on Monday, writes RON FOSKER.

It was a just reward for the home side’s late pressure. But it could also be said to be self-inflicted.

Iron’s bustling hustling style has managed to upset more free-flowing sides like Oxford City and Dorking. But this was a team made in Iron’s image, hustling and bustling themselves.

Braintree found this difficult to deal with and increasingly began to concede needless free-kicks, through over-enthusiasm, bad timing, or ill-discipline.

And it was one such kick that led to the equalising goal. The ball was swung across into the penalty area, nodded on and Norman Wabo dipped in to grab his second goal of the game.

Until Wabo’s intervention, it looked as if Braintree had done enough to earn a second away victory of the season that would have taken them up to third place in the National League South table.

They led at the interval thanks to a well worked goal.

The impressive Ezra Ikebuasi broke up an attack, fed Giann Crichlow down the right and his cross was turned in by Arjan Krasniqi.

As on Saturday, the lead disappeared very shortly after the break.

It was a messy goal to concede, the ball bouncing around the penalty area frustrating players of both sides before Wabo got the final touch and the ball crept almost in slow motion beyond Preston Edwards.

Immediately afterwards, Kyran Clements had a header cleared off the line but Iron did not have to wait long before they were in the lead again.

With an hour gone, manager Ryan Maxwell brought on Luke Holness for Correy Davidson and some 20 seconds later he was heading the ball into the net. He was on hand after a Matt Johnson cross had been headed back by Femi Akinwande.

Billericay almost equalised within two minutes when the nippy Joe Felix broke through the defence and appeared to have a clear run on goal but Ikebuasi caught up with him to produce a superb goal-saving tackle.

Shortly afterwards Edwards brought off an outstanding point-blank save from a Marvel Expiteta header and then got down to swipe the ball off Wabo’s toe as he homed in on goal.

But Wabo was not to be denied for long.

Braintree: Preston Edwards; Ezra Ikebuasi, Kyran Clements, Luke Pennell, Jay Porter; Gianni Crichlow, Arjan Krasniqi, Matt Johnson, Alfie Payne, Correy Davidson (Luke Holness 61;Johnville Renee 82); Femi Akinwande