Braintree L. T. O.
February 23, 2015
Braintree Town learnt how cruel a game football can be on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at Halifax Town to a goal in time added on. It was harsh on the Iron who had dominated the second half.
It left manager Alan Devonshire frustrated that his side controlled the game but lost out in the dying seconds when substitute Jamie Jackson dived to head in a cross in the 91st minute.
“I’m gutted for all the players who put so much into the game, stuck to our game plan and then get caught by a sucker-punch,” Devonshire explained. “I can’t criticise the players because they gave me everything and I felt we were well in control and deserved to get something out of the game.
“It was frustrating because we always looked the more likely side to score and our keeper didn’t have a direct shot to stop all afternoon – just come and take the crosses which he did, but we have to learn to take those chances, we should have had the game wrapped up before they scored.”
There was little creative football, which would have been hard on an appalling surface roughed up by the town’s rugby league side who share the stadium.
Playing with five across the middle of the park and Sean Marks as the sole striker, Devonshire’s plan worked and they should have taken the lead when Simeon Akinola weaved his way through into the area only for his shot to hold up in the mud.
Ten minutes later they had another chance thanks to a surging run from the back by Remy Clerima who threaded the ball to Marks, but unfortunately he shot straight at home keeper Matt Glennon . Two minutes later another chance went begging when again Akinola looked all set to score having run into a good position, but his shot was tame and straight at Glennon.
Just when the clock was about to indicate five hours since the last goal between the sides, Jackson stooped to head in James Bolton’s cross and break Braintree hearts
It was the second week running that Jackson had scored a stoppage time winner for the home side – he did the same to beat Dover Athletic 3-2 – but that was little consolation for the Iron.
Braintree Town: Hamann; Brundle, Habergham, Massey, Clerima; Isaac, Paine, Davis, Sparks (Mensah 70); Akinola, Marks. Unused subs: Maybanks, Pullen, Peters, Pentney.
Attendance: 1,268 (45 Iron fans)
(Match report adapted from the Essex Chronicle with thanks.)