WHILE he was disappointed with how his team conceded a first-minute goal at Chippenham Town, Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton was pleased with how his players responded to the early setback.

After the hosts had scored almost from the opening kick-off, Braintree came back into the game and a goal by Reece Grant saw them extend their unbeaten run to five games in Vanarama National League South.

Quinton was frustrated that his team couldn’t get a second goal to force a win, but felt a point was at least some reward from a tricky away fixture.

He said: “They scored in the first minute, but it was then 89 minutes of us being camped in their box.

“The noise from the crowd, their staff and the players at the end was overwhelming as they were relieved to have got a point against us.

“It was frustrating that we didn’t start right as the goal came from a throw-in that was flicked on and the lad got a shot away, so I was disappointed with that, but I was pleased with how we came back and made sure we didn’t get beaten.

“It was a good response to the early setback and good that we got that goal, but they set out to defend once they had gone ahead.

“That was their game plan and you can understand that as they are fighting for their lives.

“Sometimes you go away from home and don’t get anything, but at least we came back with a point to keep the unbeaten run going and it may be an important point come the end of the season.

“Looking at Chippenham and while they have drawn quite a few, they have only lost three at home, so it’s not an easy place to go.

“The pitch is sloping and they had trained on it on the Thursday so it was a bobbly surface.

“There are no excuses for the goal we conceded, but fair play to them.

“However, we are on a good run and we’re looking forward to the games coming up as no-one in the league is going to relish coming up against us.”