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Braintree Preview

Town face a first trip to Braintree on Saturday with Tuesday’s win over Bromley leaving Simon Weaver’s side in sixth; nine points behind league leaders Wrexham with a game in hand.



While Jack Muldoon’s late penalty saw him move up to sixth place in The National League top scorers chart in midweek, Braintree suffered their fourth defeat in a row with a 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield at Cressing Road.

This weekend’s opponents face a tough task in staying in the division they earned promotion to through the National League South Play-Offs last season, sitting 14 points from safety with ten matches remaining.

Despite only Maidstone having claimed less points at home, Braintree have recently made up ground on The Stones who sit just a point ahead, with both sides suffering a league high 23 defeats so far.

Part of the recent resurgence has been down to impressive home wins against Barnet (4-0) and Salford (1-0), two of three successes at Cressing Road this season, though Town have won their last three on the road.

Town and Braintree have met just once before, earlier in the season at The CNG Stadium when goals from Muldoon, George Thomson and a memorable Michael Woods volley helped Town recover from a goal down to win.

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The Iron have since changed Manager though, with previous Assistant Manager Danny Searle taking charge following the departure of Hakan Hayrettin to Maidstone.

Saturday sees the league’s top scorers take on the leakiest defence with Town having scored 64 and Braintree conceded the same amount so far in 2018/19.

Searle’s side managed to find the net just twice in February, while Tuesday night’s shut out means Town have two clean sheets in their last three outings.

Weaver will be without attacking options Jordan Thewlis and Dom Knowles for the weekend’s trip as both remain on the road back to full fitness following injury.