BRAINTREE Town extended their unbeaten run to ten matches with a 2-2 draw at Welling United, writes DAVID WARD.

Manager Angelo Harrop stayed with the XI that finished at Bath City in midweek, with Jayden Davis starting and Reggie Lambe relegated to the bench.

The first half was fairly even with the home side kicking down the infamous slope and they took the lead on ten minutes with a close-range effort that beat keeper Jack Sims, The Iron though kept working away and were rewarded with an equaliser on 38 minutes.

Shaquille Coulthirst did well and saw his goalbound shot cleared almost from on the line but the ever alert Aaron Blair was sharp enough to grab the rebound and fire the ball into the net.

Just when it looked to be all level at half-time on the 45th minute, Welling were somewhat lucky to be given a dubious penalty.

The ball literally bounced up to the hand of Dominic Odusanya and surprisingly, the referee gave a penalty from which the home side retook the lead.

But in the fifth minute of first half added time, the Iron pushed hard for an equaliser and they won a penalty.

This time the handball by a home defender was far more convincing and it was left Coulthirst to drive home the resultant spot-kick.

The second half saw the Iron in the ascendancy and several times they worked the ball well into the home area, only to miss that final crucial touch to put it in the back of the net.

On the rare occasions that Welling retaliated, it was left to Iron keeper Sims to come to the rescue and pull off two exceptional saves later on.

So overall frustration for the Iron fans in the crowd that they didn't see their side get the crucial winning goal they deserved for their second-half showing but Braintree still lie fourth in the Natioal League South table, after an away point.