September 1, 2014
Braintree record back-to-back wins with victory at Alfreton Town
(Alan Devonshire, ex-Hammers midfielder, is the current manager of the Iron)
TWO fine second goals ensured Braintree Town deservedly returned from the Impact Arena on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Alfreton Town. It added three more Conference Premier points to continue their recent good run with the main talking point being the impressive debut by new signing Simeon Akinola.
(Braintree’s recent signing form Harrow Borough, Simeon Akinola)
The 22 year-old forward, signed on a two year deal late last week from Harrow Borough, came on as a substitute on 70 minutes to link up well with Sean Marks, also a substitute at the same time. His clear pace and ball control will clearly be an asset to the Iron in attack whether he plays as a striker or wide player and he clearly enjoyed his debut.
The key to the Iron victory was keeping a clean sheet and it worked thanks to some sound defending where Alan Massey was outstanding all afternoon. The second half saw the Iron dominate and the closest the home side came to scoring was on 54 minutes when Tom Shaw saw his dipping shot tipped over the Iron bar by Hamann.
(Dan Sparkes, M-O-T-M against Alfreton Town on Saturday)
Seven minutes later the Iron pressure paid off when from a Dan Sparkes left wing cross the unmarked Kenny Davis sent a looping header back over the whole defence into the far corner of the net. The Iron made the game safe on 78 minutes when from a long Sam Habergham throw-in on the left Marks caused mayhem in the home area with a header that fell behind but only into the path of Sparkes who drove the ball low into the corner of net.
In the end three comfortable points for the Iron who though will face a much sterner stiff this coming Saturday when Bristol Rovers come to Cressing Road for their first ever appearance.
(Dan Sparkes in action)
Braintree: Hamann; Brundle, Habergham, Massey, Clerima; Mulley, Issac, Davis, Sparkes; Cox (Marks 70), Walker (Akinola (70). Unused subs: Pentey; Smith.
(Adapted from the Essex Chronicle)