Keeper and striker join
Tuesday evening's match at Woking saw debuts to Hakan's latest two additions to the squad. Joining Iron are 19-year old striker Monty Patterson from Ipswich Town. Born in New Zealand, Monty moved to England three years ago and has played ten games at both under 23 and full level for his home country. Also coming into the squad is 21 year old goalkeeper Daniel Lincoln who was a trainee at Reading before loan spells at Nuneaton and Hayes & Yeading were followed by finishing last season at Basingstoke.
Rousing second half at Woking
Iron ended a run of six Vanarama National League matches without a win at Woking on Tuesday evening to move level on points with 20th place in the table. Ahead early on, then 2-1 behind, Braintree rallied after the break to win by the odd goal in five.
Iron had the best possible start after just three minutes. Awarded a free-kick 25 yards out, Oli Muldoon's sweetly struck effort was deflected passed stranded Woking keeper Brandon Hall for an early lead. But the home side responded and Joe Jones levelled from within the six yard box after 26 minutes and then Fabio Saraiva's well struck free-kick evaded Iron's latest debutante keeper Dan Lincoln on the half-hour. Gozie Ugwu looked set to add a third just before the break, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
After the interval Braintree dominated for lengthy periods and Michael Cheek levelled things up at 2-2 when he steered his header past Hall. The Iron recovery was completed with eight minutes remaining when Sim Akinola chased down a hopeful through-ball to tuck his effort past Hall from inside the box to secure the 3-2 win.
After the game Hakan was delighted: "I'm really pleased for the lads because they all took time out on Monday night to go through what went wrong at Dover on Saturday and, as a group, we've responded. It was a real test of our character to go behind having led early on, but our second half show gives us something to build on for Saturday."
Hak apologies to the fans
Iron suffered their heaviest defeat at National League level when they were well beaten at Dover's Crabble ground on Saturday.
Despite taking the lead on 12 minutes with a fine shot delivered into the top corner of the home net by Bournemouth loanee Sam Matthews, Iron allowed the home side to equalise six minutes later through former Iron defender Aswad Thomas and it was one-way traffic thereafter.
The home side were given so much space and time each time they attacked the Iron defence in the first half they scored four more goals before the interval effectively ending the game as a contest.
The goal glut was led by home striker Ricky Miller who was rarely closed down and was left to score a hat-trick by the interval and added a fourth three minutes after the restart.
It was a poor performance by Iron and had the home side not taken their foot off the accelerator in that second period they could well have scored more.
It left Hayrettin a disappointed man afterwards and he apologised to the loyal band of Iron fans who witnessed the display adding: "The players got it all wrong and for a start didn't do the basics allowing the opposition players to have so much room and time, not closing them down quickly enough and allowing them free shots at our goal.
"I had to have a real go at all of them at half time and in the second half I felt we did improve, showed more cohesion and created chances but when you're 5-1 at half time it's a mountain to climb," he declared. "But it's done now, there's nothing we can do about it and we have to shake ourselves out of this disappointment and look ahead to Tuesday's game and get back to the way we played last week in beating Bromley."
Hayrettin is calling all his first team squad in on Monday evening, prior to the Woking, to watch the video of the Dover and "to go through everything so they can learn the lessons and see where they went wrong."
With experienced goalkeeper Will Puddy returning to Bristol Rovers and central defender Jack Cowgill going back to Barnsley after their respective loan periods it meant a reshuffle for Hayrettin who brought in young keeper Joe Taylor from Dartford who conceded five goals in the first 40 minutes!
But there was a lack of organisation and cohesion right through the side and this game clearly shows Hayrettin has to bring in new players who can play and perform consistently at this level if the Iron are to move up away from the foot of the table.
Miller scored on 22, 26 and 33 minutes to complete his hat-trick with Jack Parkinson adding the home side's fifth on 40 minutes but by then the Iron players were facing defeat.
With both Jon Ashton and Jack Midson coming off the bench early in the second half, Iron did at last try and play some football with both Simeon Akinola and George Elokobi both going close but they were never going to get back in the game being five goals adrift.
Joe Maybanks also came off the bench with 18 minutes to go and three times made good, forward runs into the home area but each time a defender managed to kick the ball clear of any danger.
The home side were happy to sit back and take it easy in the second half with a such a lead and ran out comfortable winners on the day.
Braintree Town: Taylor; Williams (Ashton 53), Okimo, Gayle, Elokobi; Isaac, Muldoon, Lee (Midson 72), Matthews (Maybanks 72); Cheek, Akinola. Unused subs: Barnard, Corne. Attendance: 1,073. Referee: Neil Hair.
Three sign up for The Iron
Braintree Town manager Hakan Hayrettin has continued his squad re-building programme with three signings. Added to the Iron squad are goalkeeper Joe Taylor, who joins from Dartford, Claudio Dias from Brackley Town and signing first team forms - Luke Mallett, who progresses to the first team squad from our Academy.
Iron given opportunity to avenge 2008
Braintree Town have been drawn at home to National League South side Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup First Round. Iron fans will have vivid memories of the last meetings with the Sussex club in 2008. Braintree needed to win their last game of the 2007/08 season to reach the then Conference South play-offs and did so 1-0 at home to Eastbourne Borough! In the play-offs an injury ravaged Iron side were then drawn home and away against Eastbourne again in the semi-finals and Braintree lost 2-0 at home and 3-0 away to go out 5-0 on aggregate! Eastbourne went on the secure promotion to the then Conference Premier with a play-off final win over Hampton, but were relegated back to the South Division in 2011 - the year Braintree were finally promoted to non-League football's top division! The FA Cup tie is likely to take place at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday, 5th November with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
Next up for the Iron is a trip to Dover Athletic for a Vanarama National League game on Saturday, October 22, kick off 3pm.
Maybanks ignites Iron comeback
In what was a typical FA Cup tie with end to end entertainment for 90 minutes and six goals plus plenty of drama, the Iron came back from the dead! Two goals down, Braintree rallied to secure their first win under new manager Hakan Hayrettin and put themselves into the hat for Monday evening's First Round draw.
It was no more than the Iron deserved for their all round effort and commitment in the second half having been second best in a one-sided first half with the visitors scoring deep in the added on time of three minutes through Blair Turgott.
The Iron then conceded a second goal six minutes into the restart when Turgott again slipped through the Iron defence to score and they looked unlikely to progress.
But four minutes later the irrepressible Michael Cheek gave them a lifeline with a superbly taken solo goal, skipping clear of an offside trap from a Sam Matthews through ball and from then onwards a new-found belief in themselves saw the Iron score three more goals to run out convincing winners.
All this too against a background of having keeper Will Puddy, injured in a collision on 23 minutes, and with no substitute keeper on the bench he bravely chose to stay on and guard his penalty box, only able to throw the ball out because he was unable to kick it.
With defender George Elokobi having to take all goal kicks and the rest of the defence forced to help out their stricken keeper all the Iron players showed fantastic character and belief in taking the game to their visitors and in the end deservedly winning.
A delighted Hayrettin said: "I'm really pleased with the boys' second half display having given them yet another half time rollicking for the first 45 minutes.
"We couldn't sub our keeper and I told them to start pressurising the other side more, pushing forward more and forcing them into mistakes at the back which they did," he explained. "Once we pulled a goal back I knew we could go on and win the game because the determination and more commitment from then onwards was there from every player compared to what we had seen in the first half."
He went on: "We are moving forward step by step and re-building this team and how it plays its football step by step and although there's a long way to go we're now on the right lines."
But one of the big turning points of the game was when Hayrettin bought on former Iron Academy winger Joe Maybanks as substitute for Sam Corne just past the hour.
The youngster immediately showed what he is capable of laying on a fine low left-wing cross for Cheek to stride on at the far post to equalise on 70 minutes and two minutes later provided Chez Isaac with his chance to send a dipping shot high into the far corner of the net with keeper Alan Julian beaten.
Hayrettin said: "He's had to wait for his chance since I came but I thought he could help change the game today and he's taken his chance.
"This lad has great potential which I have seen in our training sessions and I believe the Club has a great talent in him and we will continue to nurse him along, develop him and make the progress in the game I think he is capable of," explained Hayrettin.
The 19 year-old himself was pleased with his contribution to the cup win adding: "It's really frustrating waiting on the bench as a substitute so I was more than happy to get a chance to go and show what I can do.
"It worked out well and I know I can force myself into the starting line-up in the future," he added.
The icing on the cake for the Iron fans in the 343 crowd was right on full-time when midfielder Harry Lee fired in a hard, low free-kick from out on the right wing which beat all defenders and keeper Julian en route into the bottom of the far corner of the net.
"It was a fine comeback and we deserved the win but looking at it in a wider context it's all part of trying to build a team ethic with players doing as they are told and to show character and commitment to the way we want to move forward," added Hayrettin.
Braintree Town: Puddy; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Elokobi; Isaac (Midson 83), Lee, Corne (Maybanks 65), Matthews; Akinola, Cheek (Barnard 90). Unused subs: Ashton, Goodship, Hall-Johnson, Cowgill. Attendance: 343. Referee: Craig Hicks.
Next up for the Iron is a trip to Dover Athletic for a Vanarama National League game on Saturday, October 22, kick off 3pm.
York keeper earns his side a point
It was yet another stirring second half performance by the Iron that earned new manager Hakan Hayrettin his first point at the club but he saw his side waste goal scoring chances that should have in reality brought him his first win.
As in the midweek defeat against Boreham Wood the Iron conceded an early goal, this time after only six minutes, came back strongly, missed a penalty and throughout the second dominated the game and should have won by at least three or four clear goals.
It left Hayrettin a frustrated man but at least pleased with the overall improved performance of the side and the better commitment and endeavour of every playing adding: "To be honest we should have won the game comfortably in the second half.
"It's frustrating because we played much better, created so many chances and shouldn't have had to rely on a last minute penalty to get a point," he declared. "Their keeper played a blinder and when he was beaten we had balls kicked off their goal line."
He went on: "We have shown in these past two games we have the ability and the players have the desire to go out and win games at this level.
"I had to issue a real war cry to the players at half time because had three decent chances before the break to equalise but in fairness the players responded well and we were so on top in that second period we should have won all three points," he continued.
He added: "We gave away a poor goal early, should have quickly pulled the game with the penalty but at least the players showed far more commitment to keep going right to the end to get a reward - I believe we are really making progress.
"I brought Cheeky on nine minutes after the restart and he made a lot of difference up front causing them all kinds of problems with his running with the ball and really I felt he should have had a hat-trick in this match."
Hayrettin made three changes from the midweek game bringing in Barney Williams, Ian Gayle and Sam Matthews in the starting line-up.
The Iron again had the worse possible start conceding a sloppy goal after only six minutes when Harry Lee in midfield failed to hold on to the ball which was swept out to the left wing where Williams allowed his man to come inside and lay a ball off to Simon Heslop who drilled a first time shot low past keeper Will Puddy.
Four minutes later though the Iron should have been on level terms when Simeon Akinola was brought down in the area and he hauled himself to take the spot kick which unfortunately lacked pace and was saved low down by keeper Kyle Letheren.
Moments later the visitors almost added a second but the final shot grazed the outside of an Iron upright but to their credit the home players responded and from Lee's long throws both Gayle and George Elokobi saw their goal efforts blocked.
After Letheren had pulled off two more saves he should have been beaten on 43 minutes when Oli Muldoon was give time and space from close in to score but defender Clovis Kamdjo blocked his effort only for the ball to bounce off him and it was heading toward the net until it was hacked off the line.
Whatever Hayrettin said to the players at half time, it had the desired effect because they constantly pressurised the visitors' rearguard with Cheek twice early on seeing his shot and then his rebound saved by Letheren, before Issac and Muldoon went close again and then on 68 minutes an audacious overhead shot from Akinola grazed the post.
On 75 and 78 minutes Cheek again looked likely to score only for his first effort to scrambled away off the goal line and the second he fired straight at Letheren with the goal at his mercy.
Hayrettin decided on a last throw of the dice and brought on the experienced Lee Barnard with four minutes to go and on 88 minutes when Cheek was hauled down in the area by York's Jack Higgins it was left to the calmness of Barnard to blast the ball into the net.
It was no more than the Iron deserved, at least for their vastly improved second half performance, and on reflection Hayrettin knows that they wasted enough chances to have won this game comfortably.
"It's disappointing but it's my first point on the board at the club and we are making progress and I solidly believe we will start moving up the table and away from the relegation zone which is the first priority," he added.
Braintree Town: Puddy; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Elokobi; Lee (Hall-Johnson 70), Isaac, Muldoon (Barnard 86), Matthews; Midson (Cheek 54), Akinola. Unused subs: Ashton, Corne. Attendance: 728. Referee: David Rock.
Next up is a FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at home to league rivals Bromley on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Iron level up, but concede on the counter
Iron put in one their better performances of the season at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Tuesday evening only to lose out on at least being rewarded with a deserved point because of two defensive mistakes at crucial times.
It left new manager Hakan Hayrettin disappointed with the final result but pleased with his side's overall new found commitment and determination adding: "It was a vastly improved performance over the Lincoln game and I felt we had overall more than a fair share of the game.
"But we simply have to cut out the basic, individual mistakes which has cost us both in my first games in charge," he said. "They've all been inside the six yard box and at this level of football you simply can't afford to do that because you get punished as we have and we must cut them out."
He went on: "We've no time to start feeling sorry for ourselves either but two mistakes in each of the two games has cost us dearly but in this latest game I can take lots of positives from it and we shall keep taking it step by step and we are improving."
For the second game in succession Hayrettin lost another centre-half for injury - Jack Cowgill was forced to retire with a shoulder injury on 41 minutes and who had looked comfortable in a new partnership in the heart of the defence with 30 year-old George Elokobi, signed earlier in the day on loan from Colchester United.
"I've never known anything like it - losing three centre-halves with injuries in just two games," he continued. "But at least Ian Gayle was almost fully fit to come off the bench and fill in for Cowgill who I hope will be okay for Saturday."
He went on: "Earlier we had to get another central defender in and it took all day before this game to get him in and I am grateful for the help of Colchester because we also can play him in our FA Cup game on Saturday week.
"He played a major part in our improved performance in this game because he showed experience and the determination and desire to win which rubs off on the younger players," said Hayrettin.
It was a vastly improved second half performance that should have seen the Iron at least gained a draw with Hayrettin adding: "We showed a lot of commitment, played better football and caused them problems every time we went forward."
The Iron though fell behind on 26 minutes when their static defence seem to wait too long to clear an easy ball in the box but they allowed Morgan Ferrier time to simply tap the ball into the net from close range.
Undeterred by this setback the Iron picked themselves and were unlucky not to equalise right on half time but Simeon Akinola's fine effort was stopped on the goal line by keeper Grant Smith.
The second half saw the Iron running the game for lengthy periods and early on Akinola went down in the area for what looked a certain penalty but referee Carl Brook waved the Iron appeals away.
But they were not to be denied and they equalised on 61 minutes when Olly Muldoon fought hard to win the ball in midfield, laying it out to Chez Isaac and his low right wing cross was met first time by Akinola who superbly swept the ball low into the bottom corner of the net giving keeper Smith no chance.
The Iron were now on top and they repeatedly attacked the visiting defence which began to look shaky as they cleared their lines with last-ditch tackles.
So it was much against the run of play on 73 minutes when the visitors counter attacked and broke away down the left wing where the speedy Ferrier was allowed too much time and space to run into the six yard box and slip the ball into the net when it should have been cleared by the home defence.
It was a bitter setback for the Iron but they responded by again pushing hard deep into the visitors half and a few half chances went begging with the final whistle leaving them with anything to show for their much improved performance.
Braintree Town: Puddy; Braham-Barrett, Cowgill (Gayle 41), Elokobi, Okimo; Lee, Muldoon, Isaac, Midson (Barnard 65); Akinola, Cheek. Unused subs: Matthews, Maybanks, Corne. Attendance: 553. Referee: Carl Brook.
Next up for the Iron is a home game against York City on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Elokobi joins from Colchester
Braintree Town manager Hakan Hayrettin has added 30-year old defender George Elokobi to the squad on loan from Colchester United. Elokobi moved from his native Cameroon to England at the age of 16 and has two spells with Colchester United, where he has made 56 appearances, either side of playing 85 games for Wolverhampton Wanderers and 24 for Oldham Athletic. He was signed by Wolverhampton Wanderers for £500,000 in January 2008, helping the club to promotion to the Premier League. He established himself as a regular in the first-team between 2009 and 2011, before he was loaned to Nottingham Forest for the second half of the 2011-12 season, making twelve league appearances. He was loaned out to Bristol City in September 2012, but suffered a near season ending injury on his debut when he fractured his ankle. He fell out of favour at Wolves, and at the end of the 2013-14 season he was released, joining Oldham Athletic. He spent one season with Oldham before returning to Colchester United in 2015.
Game set for Saturday, 15th October
Braintree Town have been drawn at home to fellow Vanarama National League side Bromley in today's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw. The match will take place a week on Saturday, 15th October, with kick-off at 3pm.
Lincoln score early in both halves
It proved a tough baptism for new Iron boss Hakan Hayrettin who saw his side lose against one of Iron's bogey sides at the Sincil Bank Stadium on Saturday - having lost their last nine consecutive games against the Imps!
They had the worse possible start too this time conceding a poor goal after only three minutes before coming back more into the game before half time only to concede another goal seven minutes into the restart, which effectively ended Iron hopes of coming away with at least a point.
Despite the difficult task facing Hayrettin to revive Iron's fortunes he remained upbeat about turning round the situation round adding: "We knew it was going to be tough coming here and we didn't help ourselves by conceding such an early goal.
"But we came back into the game and could have equalised right on half time but then we conceded another sloppy goal so soon after the restart and that put us with such a mountain to climb," he continued. "But I know we can get better and we will be working hard to put things right starting with our home game against Boreham Wood on Tuesday."
Hayrettin's cause was not helped either by losing both central defenders with injuries within the space of 13 minutes midway through the first half.
Jon Ashton limped off on 24 minutes to be replaced by Jack Cowgill and on 37 minutes Jake Goodman picking up a pulled hamstring and also limped off to be replaced by Barney Williams.
"To lose both central defenders so quickly was obviously a blow and we had to reshuffle the side around and that obviously disrupts everything," he said. "That made it really difficult for us but we'll get over it all and push on and look forward."
He was forced to move left-back Jerome Okimo in the middle at the back to partner Cowgill with Craig Braham-Barrett slotting in his place.
But giving away a goal so early had dented hopes of a settled start for Hayrettin and the third minute goal was down to mistake by loanee keeper Will Puddy who appeared to let a low right wing shot from Nathan Arnold go under his body into the net.
It was just what the home side had wanted and for long periods of the first they were in the ascendancy without really seriously threatening the Iron goal.
The Iron's best chance of the half came right on half time when new loanee midfield Ollie Muldoon whipped a low ball in from the left across the area where Michael Cheek's first time shot on the run just brushed the outside of a post.
It would have been a fair reflection of the play at the interval had the Iron gone in on level terms but in reality giving away another poor goal on 52 minutes settled the result in the home side's favour.
It all came from a left wing corner from Terry Hawkridge with the ball floating high into the Iron area and there at the far post was the unmarked Luke Waterfall to head home.
It was a blow the Iron were to never recover and with midfielder Alex Woodyard pulling most of the strings in the middle of the park for Lincoln they frequently looked more and more likely to add to their tally.
Hayrettin replaced the tiring impressive debutant Muldoon on 72 minutes bringing on the experienced Lee Barnard in the hope of salvaging something but it changed little as the home side continued to by then control the game.
So it was hardly no surprise to the faithfully 66 Iron fans in the crowd of 3,554 when the home side grabbed a third goal a minute from time.
It came from a simple free-kick down the right from Arnold who, with the Iron defenders not concentrating, slipped the ball through to substitute Jack Muldoon who sent in a superb first time shot high into the Iron net from an acute angle that gave Puddy no chance.
On reflection, the final scoreline was somewhat flattering to them in a game that had the Iron not conceded to poor goals early in each half and lost two central defenders in one go they may well have returned home with at least a point.
Braintree Town: Puddy; Braham-Barrett, Ashton (Cowgill 24), Goodman (Williams 37), Okimo; Lee, Isaac, Muldoon (Barnard 72), Midson; Akinola, Cheek. Unused subs: Goodship, Corne. Referee: Steve Rushton.
Next up for the Iron is a home game against Boreham Wood on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
midfielder joins from Charlton
New Iron manager Hakan Hayrettin has made his first signing, bringing in Oliver Muldoon on loan from Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic. The 22-year-old spent the latter part of last season with Dagenham & Redbridge, playing 19 times in League Two. His Daggers debut came away at Everton in the FA Cup and, earlier in 2015/16, he had made his Charlton bow by coming off the bench at Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup. Prior to that, Muldoon had earned his first taste of senior football on loan at Gillingham in March 2015.
Nine defeats in a row for Iron
Next for Braintree is a trip up the A1 and A46 to visit Lincoln City for a Vanarama National League fixture, writes Gareth Davies. Rarely a happy hunting ground for Iron, we have lost our last nine games against the Sincil Bank club - eight in the league and one in the FA Trophy!
Recent results for both sides have been mixed. While Lincoln have won two of their last five games in the Vanarama National League, Braintree have been successful just the once.
Last Saturday Iron went down 1-0 at home to second-placed Forest Green Rovers, extending a poor start to the season that saw Jamie Day leave the Club and replaced by Hakan Hayrettin.
Despite that, Braintree supporters will be encouraged by the form of the influential Chez Isaac. The former Watford midfielder signed for Braintree in 2012 and has become a leader for the younger players in the squad. Summer signing Jerome Okimo has also impressed over the last couple of games with several key tackles and has shown composure on and off the ball. But Iron will be without experienced 'keeper Sam Beasant, who picked up a broken finger during the Chester match - so loanee Will Puddy looks set to make his second appearance on Saturday.
While Iron met Forest Green Rovers, Lincoln went down 2-0 at Dover, having lost their previous match 2-1 at home to Barrow last Saturday week.
Lincoln players to watch out for will be former-Iron Alex Woodyard, influential in midfield, and striker Matt Rhead, who is Lincoln's top goal scorer this season, netting six in there first 12 games. Iron fans may also see Macauley Bonne, currently on loan from Colchester United.
The bookmakers don't offer much hope for the travelling faithful - Lincoln City are 1/2 odds-on to beat struggling Braintree, who are rated as rank-outsiders at 5/1 for Saturday's match with William Hill!
Travelling details are as follows:
Sincil Bank Stadium, Lincoln LN5 8LD
Tel: 01522 880011
Next up at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium is this coming Tuesday, 4th October, when Iron are at home to Borehamwood in another Vanarama National League fixture, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
"Let's go to work!"
Braintree Town have appointed Hakan Hayrettin as their new first team manager. After a successful playing career in both the Football League and in senior non-League football, Hakan managed for ten years at Waltham Forest, Thurrock and Grays Athletic.
In the summer of 2013 he was invited to join John Still at Luton Town and was part of the successful management team that secured the Conference title and promotion back to the Football League in 2014 (despite losing 3-2 at home to Braintree Town in front of 10,000 at Kenilworth Road!) He remained at Luton in the Football League until leaving with John Still last December.
He met with the Braintree players this evening and will take training this week before Saturday's trip to Lincoln City.
Hakan was delighted to join the Club: "I won't promise miracles, but we'll all be working very hard to turn our fortunes around and that started tonight. As I said to the lads earlier: Let's go to work!"
"He's given it everything!"
First team manager Jamie Day has left the Club by mutual agreement. Jamie joined Braintree Town in difficult circumstances during the summer and over-saw the re-building of the first team squad. However, results have not been as good as both the Club and Jamie would have hoped, with just two wins from the first twelve games of the season. The Club's Board met on Saturday evening and decided that it was time for a change and Chairman Lee Harding spoke with Jamie on Sunday morning and reached an agreement.
Harding was disappointed: "It's a real shame for both the Club and Jamie, because he's given the job everything he can. Over the past few months we've spoken almost daily and I know how hard Jamie has worked to bring in players to make us competitive. But we're all in the results business and the league table does not lie. The view of the Board was that change now allows sufficient time for fresh ideas and a fresh approach to turn our season around. We intend to move quickly and hope to have a new manager in place as soon as possible."
As ever, more news when we have it!
Forest Green hold on to first half lead
A penalty miss from midfielder Chez Isaac seventeen minutes from the end proved a costly mistake for the Iron as they went down to another one goal defeat at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday.
Isaac had won the spot kick himself when he was hauled down in the area on his way through to goal but his low spot shot was saved by visiting keeper Sam Russell and with it when the chance of a home point for the Iron.
It left manager Jamie Day again frustrated by his players not taking their goal scoring chances in the second half, exactly a replica of the previous Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Chester where the Iron dominated the second period.
"It's disappointing to have not picked up at least a point because I felt in the second half we played much better, were stronger of the two sides and created chances we should have taken," he said. "Had we scored the penalty we had all the momentum going forward at that stage and again we worked hard to create further chances but simply couldn't finish them off."
Day, who was forced to give a debut to on-loan keeper Will Puddy from Bristol Rovers replacing the injured Sam Beasant, went on: "We set our stall out from the off to contain them and frustrate their strong attack which we did excellently until we conceded a poor goal on 38 minutes.
"That was disappointing too because the players had done the job required in the first half to contain them and I was hoping to be on level terms at half time," he explained. "They are obviously good team with far more financial resources than we have but out players were up for it and worked their socks off."
He added: "We know we have got to start picking up points and we will because the recent performances have been so much better despite missing key players with injuries."
It was almost one-way traffic for the visitors in the first half as they dominated the game with midfielder Liam Noble literally running the game and with the Iron stringing five across the middle of the park it left Michael Cheek up front as the sole striker.
The visitors broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when former Barnet striker Keanu Marsh-Brown was given time and room to fire a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the Iron net.
Keeper Puddy said he was disappointed at conceding the goal but his vision was blocked by two players adding: "As a result I saw it so late that I couldn't get down quick enough to parry it.
"But I think we played much better in the second half, defended better and we should have taken something from the game," he added.
After such a poor first half and then a severe talking to by Day during the interval the Iron came out in a more attacking mode with players showing more aggression and commitment than they had in the first period.
The impressive loanee midfielder Sam Matthews sent an early curling shot just over the bar and twice Simeon Akinola, who caused problems for the visiting rearguard whenever he had the ball, came close to grabbing an equaliser.
Shortly before the Iron were awarded their penalty it was Cheek who forced a great save from Russell and seconds later Matthews again, Isaac and then again Akinola all created half chances with the visitors' defence put under severe pressure.
Even when the Iron failed from the penalty spot they still kept forcing the visitors into making mistakes and home fans were just hoping for a slice of luck to see their side equalise.
But despite all the huffing and puffing the equaliser never came and the Iron were left to rue not only the penalty miss but several other good chances in the second half.
Braintree Town: Puddy; Braham-Barrett, Okimo, Goodman, Cowgill; Lee, Matthews (Goodship 73), Isaac, Corne; Cheek, Akinola. Unused subs: Gayle, Williams, Barnard, Maybanks. Attendance: 621. Referee: Dean Treleaven
Next up for the Iron is an away trip to Lincoln City this coming Saturday, 1st October.
Puddy joins from Bristol Rovers
Braintree Town Manager Jamie Day has added Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy on loan prior to tomorrow's Vanarama National League fixture at home to Forest Green Rovers. The 28 year old custodian was part of Bristol Rovers 2015 Conference winning side and has made nineteen appearances for the League One side.
Plenty of possession, but no goals
Iron manager Jamie Day was again left a bitterly disappointed man after seeing his side lose again despite having created goal scoring chances that were wasted whilst dominating much of the second half at Chester on Saturday.
"We simply have to be more ruthless in front of goal because we are creating chances but simply not taking them," he declared. "Whilst we looked stronger at the back we again gave away a sloppy goal and in the end paid the price."
He went on: "We had a shaky first 20 minutes when players were trying to find themselves and it was perhaps because of the long journey up to the game but again that's no real excuse.
"Once we had conceded such a poor goal on the quarter hour we began to work better together and again created chances and in the second half we dominated and I felt they weren't really in the game," he continued. "But we cannot seem to score and we have to put that right quickly and also be more consistent in our overall play for the whole 90 minutes.
"We should have taken at least a point from the game and there were positives we can take moving forward but we have to start picking up points when we can, like in this kind of game," Day said. "We will working on things this week because we have two really tough games coming up, against Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City, and I want to put right some of the things we are not doing so at the moment - we must get points on the board now."
The one bright spot for Day was the debut of on loan central defender Jack Cowgill from Barnsley who came in at the back because of an injury to Jake Goodman and a one match suspension for Ian Gayle and had an outstanding game.
"I had been to watch him play earlier in the week for Barnsley and was impressed with what I saw and today he didn't disappoint and I think he will be a big asset to the side during his month's stay," he added.
The Iron started the game well with another loanee - Brandon Goodship from Bournemouth - forcing a fantastic one-handed save by home keeper Liam Roberts who managed to tip his first time shot on the turn over the bar.
Two minutes later it was Simeon Akinola who almost scored when he jinked his way inside from the right wing only to see his low, left-foot curling shot hit the foot of the far post before being cleared.
But two minutes later the Iron were behind when they gave away a terrible goal when the ball should have been cleared.
It stemmed from a high left wing corner from Elliott Durrell which Iron keeper Sam Beasant should have dealt better with and punched the ball clear but he came and missed it and in the ensuing goalmouth melee the ball dropped kindly straight at the feet of Sam Hughes who stabbed it into the net.
It was a body blow to the Iron and for a brief spell they were on the backfoot and to the credit of Beasant he pulled off a fine save at the expense of a corner shortly afterwards and twice later in the second he was alert enough to deny the home side a possible second goal.
The Iron cause had not been helped either by the loss of the impressive young Sam Matthews two minutes before the home side scored after he had crudely been elbowed in the mouth by a home defender, forcing him to be substituted.
Unfortunately referee Ryan Johnson failed to take any action over the offence leaving Matthews to go off to see the home club doctor and receive three stitches in a mouth wound.
The second half was overall a better one than the first for the Iron with the players working hard and trying to cause a few problems for the home defence which they did but again their failure in front of goal was to cost them dear.
Twice Akinola saw his shots charged down, Chez Isaac and Michael Cheek just missed their timings with that final delivery while both Goodship and Craig Braham-Barratt saw their efforts go wide of the target.
The longer the game went on the more likely the Iron seemed as though they would at least grab an equaliser but in the end they ran out of time leaving it a frustrating afternoon for Day and the loyal band of supporters who had made the long trek up north.
"We've got work to do in the week ready for the visit of Forest Green Rovers on Saturday and I do feel we are getting things right," added Day who will have both the suspended Gayle and injured Goodman back for that game while Joe Midson says he is prepared to have pain-killing injections to get him back into contention too. Braintree Town: Beasant; Okimo, Ashton, Cowgill, Braham-Barratt; Matthews (Barnard 14), Isaac, Corne, Goodship; Cheek (Maybanks 78), Akinola. Unused subs were Williams, Lee, Strizovic. Attendance: 1,590.
Barnsley centre-half joins on loan
Braintree Town manager Jamie Day has strengthened his defensive options prior to Saturday's Vanarama National League trip to Chester with the loan signing of 19 year old centre half Jack Cowgill from Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley. Cowgill began his career with the Yorkshire club, progressing through the club's academy and signed a professional contract in August 2014. He made his Football League debut on 13 December 2014 in a 3-1 defeat against Walsall and has played two games for the Oakwell first team to date.
Late goal in each half secure three points
Braintree Town made the short journey around the M25 to visit Sutton United on Tuesday evening and came home with three points following a 2-1 victory. The home side looked the better of the two sides early on and took the lead on 35 minutes when Kevin Amankwaah was fouled on the edge of the 18 yard box, but earned his side a penalty which was converted by Nicky Bailey.
Iron were level just before the break when Chez Isaac levelled from the spot after Michael Cheek was denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity in the home penalty area.
After the break Iron had arguably the better of the exchanges with Sim Akinola best placed to score before Isaac added his second late into time added on.
On the break, the ball was swept wide to Chez who took a touch before rifling his effort for 25-yards into the far right corner.
The three points keeps Braintree just a point adrift of twentieth place. Next up for Iron is another trip, this time to Chester, next Saturday, 17th September with kick-off at 3pm.
Cheeky gets us back into the game but ...
Iron lost their second successive home Vanarama National League match on Saturday, going down by four goals to one to visitors Gateshead. Braintree had arguably the better of the early exchanges and had a reasonable shout of a penalty, but fell behind mid-way through the first half when Reece Styche chased down Pat McLaughlin's pass before steering his shot past the exposed Sam Beasant.
Styche added a second seven minutes after the re-start when he tucked Mitch Brundle's pass past Beasant. Michael Cheek pulled a goal back for Braintree on 57 minutes when he reacted quickly to score after Jake Goodman's attempt had hit the woodwork. But hopes of securing a point faded when McLaughlin added Gateshead's third on 70 minutes and ended when Wes York scored the visitors fourth with eight minutes remaining.
After the game Iron Manager Jamie Day was disappointed: "I thought we started well enough, but too many defensive errors have cost us today. We got back into the game at 2-1, but the nature of the third and fourth goals have killed it for us. All of the lads have had a fair chance now and it is obvious that more changes will have to be made in the weeks ahead."
Next up for Braintree is a trip to Sutton United this coming Tuesday evening, 13th September, with kick-off at 7.45pm
Iron keeper moves on
Braintree Town Manager Jamie Day has agreed with goalkeeper Jamie Butler for his contract with the Club to be terminated and for him to move on to another club. Jamie Butler made six first team appearances and kept two clean sheets during his time with the Iron. All at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium wish him well for the future.
Iron share goal-less draw in the Yorkshire rain
Iron made the long journey up the A1 to visit a rain-sodden Guiseley on Saturday and came home with a point from a dour goal-less draw. With debutant keeper Sam Beasant in for Jamie Butler and loanee striker Brandon Goodship in for the injured Michael Cheek, Iron struggled to come to terms with a hard-working home side still in search of their first points of the season during the first half.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came as the interval approached. Guiseley's Jordan Preston tried his luck with a low drive from the right which new Braintree keeper Beasant did well to steer onto his upright and away to safety.
After the break Iron had more of the possession, but chances were few and far between, with both sides set on retaining their clean sheet. Probably the best effort during the second half came late on to Chez Isaac who saw his effort dip just wide of the target.
After the game Iron boss Jamie Day was pragmatic: "It was difficult in the rain and not a great game. But we've kept a clean sheet and that's something for us to build on."
Former Cambridge custodian joins Iron
Iron manager Jamie Day has continued his adjustments to the first team squad by bringing in last season's Cambridge United goalkeeper Sam Beasant. The 28 year old 'keeper started his career in Cyprus before spells at Maidenhead United, Billericay Town and Woking, where he played 32 games during 2013-14. The summer of 2014 saw the 6'5" custodian move to Football League side Stevenage, playing 11 games, before signing a one-year deal last summer at Cambridge United where he made 19 appearances.
Matthews & Goodship join on long-term loan
Braintree Town have signed 19-year old midfielder Sam Matthews and 22-year old Brandon Goodship on long-term loan from FA Premier Leaguers AFC Bournemouth.
IronmongeryDirect join the family
Braintree Town are pleased to unveil new Stadium and Shirt Sponsors.
After a summer of ifs and buts from our previous sponsors, we had an opportunity to bring another company into the family at Cressing Road and early negotiations went exceptionally went well. Following the previous sponsors confirming that they would be pulling out of the three season agreement that they had signed after just one season, we are delighted to welcome and introduce to you our friends and the staff from IronmongeryDirect.
IronmongeryDirect are the UK's largest specialist ironmongery supplier, supplying architectural ironmongery to builders, joiners and shop fitters for over 40 years. They have over 15,500 quality products in stock and ready for next day delivery, all of which have low locked down prices which are reviewed regularly to guarantee exceptional value for money.
Their huge range includes door furniture, door handles, hinges, cabinet hardware, door closers and much more. They also offer a wide selection of popular finishes such as brass, chrome, pewter and stainless steel, ensuring that they will have the item of ironmongery you are looking for to complete any job. For added convenience they offer free 30 day returns on all purchases, and trade customers can also open a 60-day interest free trade account.
We have agreed a partnership initially spanning over a two-year period, with options to work on other projects during that time, and also to restart planning early in 2018 to start working towards to where the partnership goes next.
This is very much a club sponsorship which will see our Academy and our Reserve sides all wearing the same kit as our First Team squad both home and away, and on top of that IronmongeryDirect have also sponsored the Community Iron Apprenticeship Program which will allow former students to go out into the Braintree and Witham District's coaching in local schools and clubs to give them a pathway into Braintree Town Football Club.
We would like to thank the Staff, Managers, and Directors of IronmongeryDirect, we are delighted to have you on board and we are very much looking to what this partnership will bring, thanks again for the numbers of your staff that turned up on Saturday in uniform to fill the stands with colour and great brand awareness.
We would also like to thank at this stage all our new and existing sponsors, player, program and pitch side, our club needs you all and if any of you would be interested in working with us in any way please feel free to give Mark Sansom a call and we can discuss the opportunities we have available.
Day complains about passion and desire
Iron's defensive frailties were again exposed and led to their fourth defeat of the season at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium at Cressing Road on Bank Holiday Monday and there were no complaints over the result at the end from a disappointed manager Jamie Day.
He kept his players locked in the dressing room after the final whistle to let them know what he thought of most of the team in one of the worse Iron performance for a long time.
In their first five seasons at national level the backbone of the Iron's success has been a strong and well drilled defence but that's something Day knows he now needs to work on and he says he won't hesitate to bring new faces in to help.
In this game having conceded a goal through sloppy defending midway through the first half they pulled themselves together and scored a well taken equaliser nine minute later only to then go and give the visitors the lead again with another goal through schoolboy defending three minutes later.
Iron did improve a little after the interval but never really looked like breaking a stout visiting rearguard down before they gave away another goal 15 minutes from time when the visitors' Luke Young strode through, splitting wide open the Iron defence to score a third goal and with it a deserved victory.
A frustrated Day said afterwards: "I've told them a few home truths and the first is that you have to have passion and desire to win a football match and we didn't have that today from far too many players.
"I've made it clear that I will bring in new players because we can't have that and you can't carry players," he continued. "You do that against teams at this level and you get punished which is what happened today."
He went on: "Some of them seem to not want to get stuck in and tackle and also take some responsibility. Half the squad today didn't do that and reaching the levels they are capable of."
With two strikers Michael Cheek and Jack Midson missing through injury, Day was forced to leave Lee Barnard up front on his own with support coming from a four strong midfield but it simply didn't happen and Barnard was left to have a frustrating afternoon with little or not help so it was no surprise that the Iron lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.
"I am really disappointed at the overall team performance barring literally one or two individuals and I won't accept it, and neither will supporters, watching players simply going through the motions," he continued. "It doesn't matter what formation you play and you can try and change as we did today but if you don't have the boys who want to run around and get stuck in and tackle it doesn't matter."
He added: "Unless you have 11 players out there who want to play for the shirt and for me and are willing to put tackles in, wanting to get in the box to scored goals and block shots went needed you aren't going to win any games."
Clearly riled by certain individual performances on the day the manager has made it clear he won't put up with it and Iron fans can expect some changes to be made in the coming days.
"There was no heart or desire there from some and I won't put up with it because you have to be prepared to bust a gut and fight for every ball and some didn't want to," he added. "Every player has to take responsibility but today quite a few failed to do so and I am really disappointed with some individuals."
In reality the visitors are not by quite a way a strong side in the league but the Iron's display made them look like world beaters at time and it was not surprise when they took the lead on 21 minutes when Jamie Reid was allowed so much time and space to score with a low shot into the Iron net.
Just 11 minutes later the Iron gave themselves a lifeline when good work by Simeon Akinola saw the ball chipped to the far post where Craig Braham-Barrett headed home.
But the Iron's joy was short-lived when three minutes later the defence should have cleared the ball and keeper Jamie Butler then flapped at the ball when he should have been stronger and punched it well away.
But the ball ran kindly to Giancarlo Gakkifuoco who somehow managed to squeeze the ball through a static cluster of players in Iron's backline to find the net.
To their credit after the interval, Iron came back more into the game but again there was no cutting edge in attack and long, high hopeful balls up from the Iron defence were meat and drink to the physically strong and tall visiting defence.
The game was effectively settled 15 minutes from time when again poor defending from Iron allowed Young to stroll through and pick his spot to beat the stranded Butler for their third goal.
Overall there can be no complaints from the Iron camp because the visitors deserved their win and three points and their players showed far greater determination and commitment to the cause over the 90 minutes than the Iron players.
Day will need the coming week to sort matters out before the side make the trip to Leeds on Saturday to take on basement side Guiseley where three points for the Iron will be so crucial.
Braintree Town: Butler; Williams, Okimo, Gayle (Goodman 51), Ashton; Corne, Isaac, Lee (Gordon 72), Braham-Barrett (Maybanks 88); Barnard. Unused subs: Fagan, Strizovic. Attendance: 892. Referee: Carl Brook.
Iron see lead slip away
Iron are still searching for their first away win of the season after giving away two goals allowing their hosts to come from behind to snatch all three points with the winning goal arriving just three minutes from the end at the Furness Building Society Stadium on Saturday.
It left manager Jamie Day bitterly disappointed from a game he thought they could have won adding: "We should have taken at least a point from the game and had we taken the clear chances we had in either half we would have won and deservedly so.
"I thought we were well in control for long periods in the game and didn't really feel threatened but we switched off twice and paid the penalty in allowing them to score each time and you can't afford to do that at this level," he continued. "To concede a winning goal so late in the game is really disappointing and after the boys had put in a good shift."
Day went on: "We knew they used a long throw a lot but then for that winning goal we didn't clear our lines properly from it and were punished because we didn't react after the initial shot.
"Having taken the lead in the first half, played well and felt in control we again conceded a poor equaliser late in the first half but even then in the second half I was confident that we would get something from the game," he continued. "We had to dig in at times but we expected that and overall we defended well throughout the game but just switched off twice at crucial times and we paid for it."
He added: "I don't think they once opened us up from open play and we had some decent chances but on reflection we didn't really work their keeper hard enough either. It was a good, solid performance but we have to learn to take our chances when we get them and had we in this game we would be making the long journey back with all three points and smiles on all the faces of the players."
It was the experienced Jack Midson who missed a decent chance in the first half and two easier opportunities to score in the second half as the Iron more than held their own against a side unbeaten at home this season.
They had taken the lead on 21 minutes when Midson was fouled in the area and Chez Isaac coolly slotted home the resultant spot kick and for most of the half the Iron were the better side before they conceded the equaliser on 42 minutes much against the run of play.
It came from a long throw into the Iron area where the ball was headed over keeper Jamie Butler by Byron Harrison and came back off the underside of the Iron bar and with defenders hesitating Richard Bennett simply stabbed the ball home.
It was a bad time for the Iron to give away and an equaliser but to their credit they came out strongly in the second and again created chances while up at the other end when the home side did threaten young keeper Butler pulled off two fine saves to keep his side in the game.
The Iron continued to push forward for that crucial winning goal and twice Midson wasted chances to have scored before again a moment's lack of concentration at the back, from another long throw-in, saw them concede a goal to their hosts.
A lapse in the Iron defence allowed Alex-Ray Harvey to shoot and when his effort came back off the foot of a post it was left to the unmarked Harrison to tap the ball into the net for the winning goal.
It was a bitter blow to the Iron who had over the 90 minutes done more than enough to have at least come away with a point and had they taken their chances they could have had all three points.
Iron's cause was not help by the enforced early second half substitution of Michael Cheek with a calf injury that makes him doubtful for Bank Holiday Monday's home game against Torquay.
"We'll have to see how it goes but he must a big doubt for that game while injuries to both Chez Isaac (knee) and Simeon Akinola (ankle) will make them doubtful too," said Day. "But we will be ready to go and even more determined to make it another home win."
Braintree Town: Butler; Williams, Okimo, Ashton, Goodman; Corne, Isaac, Lee, Akinola; Cheek (Braham-Barrett 48), Midson. Unused subs: Gayle, Fagan, Gordon. Attendance: 966.
Next game for the Iron is on Bank Holiday Monday at home to Torquay Utd with a 3pm kick off.
Goodman & Akinola secure 2-0 win
Iron picked up their first league win of the new season with a competent and workmanlike performance against an in-form Aldershot side at the Cressing Road Stadium on Saturday.
A fine headed goal by defender Jake Goodman from an accurate Harry Lee corner after only eight minutes gave the Iron the best possible start and although the visitors pressurised the home defence in the early part of the second half, it was a fine individual goal by Simeon Akinola on 76 minutes that sealed the points.
With his first win as Iron boss Jamie Day was delighted at the way his side worked hard and showed more consistency than in any previous games so far this season adding: "Everyone put a good shift in and I emphasised to the players before the game not to concede an early goal.
"I wanted to try and keep us on the front foot from the off and we did that which helped us to a crucial early goal with Jake's brilliant header," he continued. "We knew it was going to be tough because they are a good side and they did come at us strongly at times but I thought defensively we were strong and coped with the danger.
"Obviously a win gives all the players confidence which has been a bit missing so far but we're up and running although there's still a lot of work to do in re-building this side," he went on.
Day made four changes from the midweek Maidstone defeat with keeper Jamie Butler back in goal after his suspension, Goodman coming into central defence for the suspended Jon Ashton and Michael Cheek starting up front and in midfield Chez Isaac returned from injury after missing the last three games.
It was Isaac's return that proved the most productive as he gave the midfield more authority for the Iron than in recent games and linked up well with newcomer Harry Lee.
"Chez is experienced at this level and I think working alongside Harry gave us a better midfield performance and again something for us to work on for our next game," said Day.
Young Butler also made an improved return in goal pulling off two crucial saves, one in the first half from Callum Reynolds and one from Matt McClure in the second half when the visitors looked more of a threat.
"He did well for us throughout the game and I know for him keeping a clean sheet will again do his confidence so much," said Day.
Certainly the Iron survived odd periods of pressure from the visitors who often let themselves down when they reach the Iron area but full marks to the home defence in which Goodman and Ian Gayle were outstanding.
Goodman said: "I've known and played with Ian a long time so I think we worked well together quite easily."
On his early goal he said: "I like to come up from the back and score goals when I can and I had told Harry where to put the ball over from corners and he did just that and I was able to score my second goal for the club.
"I felt we were always in control even though we sat back a bit in the early part of the second half and invited them on us but we coped well and I think this win will make all the difference with the team's confidence," said Goodman. "You have to be dogged at times and I think at times in this game we did just that and everyone was determined to get into the winning habit."
It was certainly an overall much improved performance from the Iron and they only let themselves occasionally with some sloppy play, like not making accurate passes to one another.
"Again that's something we are working on and players are now beginning to understand how each of them play and there was certainly more cohesion in the side in this game," added Day.
With the Iron 1-0 up the interval they badly needed that vital second goal to give them some breathing space but home fans had to wait until the 76th minute before it came and what a superbly taken one it was by Akinola.
The Iron counter-attacked strongly and the ball was swept out to Cheek just over the half way line on the right wing and he sprinted clear before delivering a pin-point pass to the on-rushing Akinola who half volleyed home a first time shot into the far corner of the visitors' net giving keeper Mark Smith no chance. The initial gap in midfield had been provided by the experienced Lee Barnard who pulled his marker away allowing Cheek a free run.
The goal effectively ended any further real threat from the visitors and the Iron shut up shop with their two-goal lead to run out deserved winners.
Braintree Town: Butler; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Goodman; Midson (Corne 72), Isaac (Gordon 72), Lee, Akinola (Braham-Barrett 84); Cheek, Barnard. Unused subs: Fagan, Maybanks. Attendance: 677. Referee: Dean Treleaven.
Next up for the Iron is the long trip this Saturday to Barrow with the players and manager journeying up Friday to stay overnight and fresh for the game kicking off at 3pm.
Captain's dismissal compounds a difficult evening
Iron are still searching for their first win of the season after this defeat on their first ever visit to the Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday evening and, for the second game in succession, they ended with ten men on the field.
Going behind after only four minutes from a close range shot by Bobby-Joe Taylor meant the Iron had their backs to the wall from the start and this was further exacerbate on the half hour when the same player added a controversial second goal despite clearly being in an offside position before scoring.
After weathering the early pressure from a rampant home side, urged on by a 2.242 crowd, the Iron did come into the game more and should have had a penalty 15 minutes from time when Ian Gayle was unceremoniously hauled down in the home penalty area.
The one bright spot was the impressive sole Iron goal on 93 minutes from young substitute Joe Maybanks who drove the ball low into the home net from just inside the area.
The black spot though was the 80th minute sending off by referee Chris O'Donnell of Iron skipper Jon Ashton who was caught out with a long through ball from the home defence forcing him to haul down Alex Fisher to prevent a goal scoring opportunity.
Iron manager Jamie Day though remained upbeat at the end although admitted the side still had a lot of basic groundwork to do to become an effective cohesive unit and he was disappointed at their overall performance.
"We conceded an early goal that naturally put us on the back foot as they came out of the blocks strongly and caught us unaware," he said. "We gradually managed to get ourselves back in the game and then we concede an offside goal that should clearly not have been allowed.
"But things like that happen in football and you need a little bit of luck along the way and that was in short supply this evening," he continued. "I know it will come right and obviously a win will give so much confidence to all the players."
Day admitted he had no qualms about Ashton's sending off "because he was caught out with one ball over the top and the player was too quickly on to the ball."
He added: "It means our captain will now be suspended but I have Jake Goodman as a ready made stand-in for this Saturday's home game against Aldershot and hopefully too midfielder Chez Isaac should be fit to resume."
Day had already been forced into finding a suitable stand-in goalkeeper for this game after Jamie Butler's sending off on Saturday and 22 year-old Ross Fitzsimmons did well after a shaky start pulling off some fine saves in the second half.
Day added: "It's early days and I'm not panicking because we have to build a completely new side and it takes time for players at this level to adjust to one another and we'll dust ourselves down, train hard on Thursday and work a few more things out and be ready for Saturday.
One delightful face at the end of the game was understandably Maybanks who scored his first senior competitive goal for the club and added: "I've been itching to get off the bench and on the field of play to have a go and show what I can do.
"I was pleased with my goal although it was disappointing to lose the game after we came back well from going two goals down," he added.
Although the home side, a clearly well-knitted unit having come up together through last season's promotion, showed plenty of pace and cohesion going forward when the Iron did put pressure on the back four it caused them all kinds of problems.
In what was a high tempo game with end to end football and a more even second half it was the Iron who almost equalised on 11 minutes when a Harry Lee free-kick was frantically snatched at the last moment by home keeper Lee Worgan.
From another Iron corner - they had 12 corners to United's five all evening - it was Lee's cross that caused the home defence jitters with the ball finally kissing the angle of the right hand post.
Lee Barnard than went close with a fine header and just before the interval Simeon Akinola twice had goal efforts cleared away by the home defence.
The second half saw the Iron come more into the game and twice again Akinola went close before on the hour Jack Midson created a good opening only to see his final shot charged down by a defender with keeper Worgan nowhere to be seen.
Despite Ashton's sending off the Iron kept pressing for a goal and it finally came in stoppage time from young Maybanks but it was a case of too little too late.
Had the home's side controversial second goal been disallowed, which it should have been, and the second half blatant foul on Gayle resulted in a penalty then the outcome could well have been different.
Braintree Town: Fitzsimmons; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Ashton; Midson, Corne, Lee, Gordon (Maybanks 74); Barnard (Cheek 68), Akinola. Unused subs: Fagan, Goodman, Rees.
The Iron are at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Fitzsimons joins from Bolton
Braintree Town Manager Jamie Day has moved quickly to fill the goalkeeping spot following Jamie Butler's suspension. Joining the club is 22-year old goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons, who started his career as a youngster at Crystal Palace before moving on to Bolton Wanderers two years ago. Ross also spent time last season on loan at Bishop's Stortford and will be eligible to play tomorrow evening at Maidstone United.
Day looking for response on Tuesday
Iron can have no complaints at losing their first game of the new season when one of their bogey sides - Macclesfield - again proved too strong with a more workmanlike performance from a well organised side with pace and organisation.
The game was effectively over by half time because the visitors had controlled much of the first 45 minutes and on chances alone could have been three or four goals ahead as the Iron floundered with few taking responsibility, particularly in midfield, and little apparent cohesion and poor passing throughout the side.
Despite going two goals down by the interval, Iron did improved slightly in the second half, helped by the double 56th substitution of Zach Fagan and Michael Cheek for debutants Sam Corne and Rohdell Gordon, but the visitors grabbed a superbly taken third goal on 73rd minute to win comfortably.
To their credit the Iron did rally better late on and Lee Barnard netted an 81st minute penalty after defender Mitchell Hancox had handled but it was no more than a consolation goal and the visitors deserved their victory.
It left Iron manager Jamie Day upset at his side's overall performance, particularly in the first half when he admitted they were outplayed adding: "We were second best, no excuses and we gave away two very poor goals and they could have a couple more goals ahead.
"Our work-rate was poor and so was our passing and we were second best in the first half," he declared. "It was simply not good enough and it has to be sorted out."
He went on: "Our midfield was poor and we weren't really aggressive enough throughout the side certainly in that first half and I know we did noticeably improve in the second half by then the game for us had gone.
"We have to learn from it and learn quickly and look forward to a complete improvement across the whole team on Tuesday when we go to Maidstone," he continued.
For that game the Iron boss will be looking to bring in a goalkeeper on emergency loan because regular custodian Jamie Butler was sent off in the third minute of added time at the end for bringing down a Macclesfield player having rushed almost to the half way line to try and stop a visitors' attack.
"He does play a high line and is always coming out of his goal to clear his lines, much like an additional sweeper at the back, but he was too far out this time and brought their player down so it was a straight red," said Day.
With no reserve keeper on the Iron bench and the other keeper Sam Cowler injured, it meant a couple of minutes in goal for newcomer Corne but by then the game was lost for the home side.
Day added: "We have to learn from this game, dust ourselves down and show more determination all round, better cohesion and organisation and make sure we bounce back on Tuesday."
The Iron though were certainly second best for most of the game and it showed in the body language of some of the players after the side went two goals down and there was really no 'general' in what was a fairly non-existent midfield all afternoon, while the visitors had Danny Whitaker and Danny Rowe who excelled all over the park and really controlled the game from start to finish.
It was Rowe who opened the scoring on 10 minutes when a bad mistake by Iron full-back Jerome Okimo allowed him time and space to cut inside from the right wing and fire home a low shot beyond the reach of Butler.
The visitors continued to dominate the game and could have at least a couple of more goals before they finally added a second on 31 minutes when Chris Holroyd was able to sneak in front of the home side's rearguard and slot the quick ball in from the left wing over the stranded Butler from close range.
The Iron did improve in the second half when the double substitution was made and twice Simeon Akinola and Barnard went close while Jack Midson, moved into attack replacing Cheek, also twice came close to possibly scoring.
But it always seemed the visitors had that extra yard of pace and were far more assured in their passing to one another so it was no surprise when they added a third on 73 minutes when Jack Sampson was simply allowed to run free from the halfway line before looking up and placing a perfect lob shot over Butler into the top of the Iron net.
Even very late on when the visitors were reduced to 10 men with Hancox's second yellow card for a foul the Iron briefly rallied but in the dying moments any hope for a great, late escaped disappeared with Butler's foul leaving referee Anthony Serrano with no alternative but to show the youngster a straight red card.
Day is confident his side will pick themselves up for the next game away to Maidstone United on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm before returning home for another league game on Saturday against Aldershot, kick off 3pm. Braintree: Butler; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Ashton; Midson, Fagan (Corne 56), Lee, Akinola; Cheek (Gordon 56), Barnard. Unused subs: Maybanks, Rees, Goodman. Attendance 703. Referee: Anthony Serrano.
Midfielder switches to Cressing Road
Braintree Town Manager Jamie Day has continued to bolster his first team squad with the addition of Sam Corne from Welling United. The former Cambridge United midfielder, who will be twenty in November, was included in the England C squad last September and joins the Club for an undisclosed fee.
Iron level up after visitors score
A stirring second half display by the Iron ensured they shared the points with big spending promotion favourites Eastleigh at the Cressing Road Stadium on Tuesday evening and they were only denied a late winner by a goal line clearance by the visitors' Ryan Cresswell.
Overall though a draw was a fair result which left Iron manager Jamie Day pleased with the way his side responded from going a goal down on 64 minutes to score a deserved equaliser seven minutes later through a fine strike from Lee Barnard.
"It was a great team effort, we defended well when we had to and we had a good shape about our play," he said. "I am disappointed that we only played in patches, particularly the first half, and we need to be more adventurous in front of goal and shoot more than we have in the first two games."
Day, who made two changes from the opening game with Zach Fagan and Barney Williams coming in for their debuts replacing the injured Chez Isaac and Craig Braham-Barrett, felt his side's combination play at times was good adding: "It's going to take time to get everything together but we are making progress.
"It was a good game and we know they are a good side too but full marks to all our players for the way we came back so strongly in the second half and we could have snatched all three points at the end," he continued. "The players showed a lot of character coming back from the goal we conceded and young keeper Jamie Butler did exceptionally well with a fine first half save that kept us in the game at half time."
Barnard's debut Iron goal showed why he has a reputation for being a proven goal scorer wherever he plays but he admitted there was an element of luck about the equaliser.
"I saw the chance going forward to shoot which I did and I know the ball swerved in flight which obviously deceived their keeper and perhaps on another day he would have saved it," he explained. "But as a striker you take whatever you can get and I felt we fully deserved to at least draw."
On the all new look Iron side he said: "It was a solid performance in the second half and we have a good, strong team on which to build for the season. We've plenty of attacking players and we are starting to create chances but it will take time for us to all bed in together."
He added: "Coming out of the Football League it's clear that there are some excellent experienced players and teams at this level and it's going to be hard but we are all looking forward to it and I know we are going to do well."
There were few chances for either side in a first half dominated by defences although twice Simeon Akinola went surging into the visitors' area only to be denied by last gasp tackles and Michael Cheek and Barnard worked well to go close on two occasions.
It was young Butler who pulled off the save of the half three minutes from the interval to deny Mikael Mandron a goal with his close range shot.
The second half saw the game open up more and both sides went looking for that all important opening goal.
The visitors grabbed it on 64 minutes with a little bit of fortune because James Constable's high cross-cum-shot from the right wing took a nasty deflection off Ian Gayle to leave the ball sailing over the head of the stranded Butler and into the far corner of the net.
But the Iron were quickly back on the attack with first Akinola and Cheek almost working their way into openings on the edge of the visitors' area only to be denied by excellent defending.
But the pressure paid off on 71 minutes when Barnard turned quickly inside the visitors' half and saw the defence open up and he didn't need a second invitation to go for goal and he drove the ball low and hard that it swerved violently and deceived experienced keeper Ross Flitney, going under his body into the net.
From then on it was all Iron as they surged forward for a possible winner and Cheek, Akinola, Barnard and Jack Midson all went close only to be denied by stout defending.
Then in the final moments of what was an entertaining game it was Eastleigh's new signing Cresswell who came to their rescue by clearing the ball off the goal line.
Braintree Town: Butler; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Ashton; Midson, Fagan, Lee, Akinola; Cheek, Barnard. Unused subs: Maybanks, Cowler (gk), Rees, Fordon, Goodman. Attendance: 766. Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis.
Next up for the Iron is a home game against Macclesfield in the Vanarama National League on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Visitors dominate second half
Iron picked up a point in the opening game of a new National League season with this hard earned draw on Humberside on Saturday but new manager Jamie Day felt they did enough in the second half to have won and taken all three points home.
Against one of the league newcomers after an even first 45 minutes, they dominated the second half and missed five chances to have won the game comfortably.
"I'm disappointed we didn't take some of the second half chances but I'm more than pleased with the overall performance," said Day. "We needed to be more on the front foot which were in the second half and although it's early days, with so many new faces in the team, we still had plenty of movement throughout the side and everyone worked hard in what were difficult circumstances with the heat."
Day, who only had three players in the side from last season - Simeon Akinola, Chez Isaac and Michael Cheek - has done a remarkable job in such a short space of time assembling a new, strong Iron squad.
"We knew it was going to be tough but I'm happy at the way things are going," he continued. "We looked solid at the back and with Cheeky and Lee Barnard up front we are going to score goals."
It was a frustrating opening game for Cheek who worked tirelessly in attack and twice early in the second half raced clear only to shoot over and earlier when he had fired in a tremendous shot on goal on 48 minutes home keeper Rory Watson pulled off a fantastic reaction save to deny him the opening goal.
On the hour he had another decent chance, but the fine through ball from Harry Lee was somehow scrambled away by a last gasp piece of home defending. A few minutes later he again escaped his marker but this time put his shot just wide with only the home keeper to beat.
In the first minute of three added injury time minutes at the end of the game he somehow missed a rebounded shot from Lee Barnard and look to be heading the ball home almost on the home goal line but the ball was scrambled away.
Manager Day though understood Cheek's frustration at not scoring an opening day hat-trick adding: "It happens to strikers on some days and on another day Cheeky could have had a hat-trick, but I can't fault his work-rate and commitment to the side and his unselfish running."
Substitute defender Jake Goodman, who came on for the injured Craig Braham-Barrett on 57 minute, was also unlucky not to score on 73 minutes when his header from a Harry Lee free-kick rattled the home crossbar before being cleared.
"Jake did well when he came on and was unlucky to not to have broken the deadlock and he linked up well with Jon Ashton in the heart of the defence too when we had to move Ian Gayle to right-back to replace Craig," said Day.
The Iron certainly looked strong at the back throughout with Ashton outstanding while in midfield both Isaac and newcomer Harry Lee look to be quickly forming an impressive partnership.
New skipper Ashton said: "I think all the lads put in a good shift today in what were hot conditions. We had a game plan and it worked, certainly in the second half where we dominated and Cheeky could have had a hat-trick which on another day I'm sure he would."
He added: "We're all new players with just six weeks of training together and it will take time but I think there's no reason why we can't do as well as the side did last season.
"There's a great team spirit within the squad and we are still getting to know the way each player plays," he continued. "We'll take each game as it comes and I know we will continue to grow stronger as a unit."
In reality over the 90 minutes the Iron were the better side - they had 14 corners to just one for the home side - and the only time the hosts looked like possibly scoring was just before the interval when Curtis Bateson cut inside from the right and took a surprise shot at the Iron goal. With keeper Jamie Butler beaten the ball hit the bar and was cleared but from then on the home side never really threatened the Iron goal.
In the last minute of normal time in the first half the Iron almost snatched the lead when Barnard at the far post knocked the ball down to the unmarked Cheek and his tremendous first time volley was crucially deflected away at the last minute by defender Jake Shelton.
Iron now face two home games with Eastleigh coming to the Cressing Road Stadium on Tuesday (kick off 7.45pm) and Maccesfield visit on Saturday for another league game, kick off 3pm.
Braintree Town: Butler; Braham-Barrett (Goodman 57), Gayle, Ashton, Okima; Midson, Isaac, Lee, Akinola; Cheek, Barnard. Unused subs: Maybanks, Fagan, Rhodell-Gordon, Cowler. Attendance: 557. Referee: Tom Bramwell.
Limited supply available again
The Club will once again be offering a limited supply of Car Park Season Tickets for the parking at the Cressing Road Stadium. As with last season, these are prices at just £40, which offers a £6 discount for the home Vanarama National League games and all cup ties free of charge. To secure your Car Park Season Tickets speak to either Chairman Lee Harding or Safety officer Kevin Christmas on Tuesday when they will be available for purchase and collection.
Supporters advised to note
We have been advised by our hosts tomorrow - North Ferriby United - that turnstiles for entry into their stadium will not be open until 1.30pm. Iron supporters are advised that their clubhouse, which is located inside the ground, will not be available until the stadium is opened.
In the post and ready for collection
Those supporters who provided a stamped addressed envelope with their application should receive their season ticket within the next few days - as these were posted on Friday. Those wishing to collect their season tickets can do so on either Tuesday or Thursday evening from the Clubhouse between 7.30pm and 9pm. Uncollected season tickets will then be available for collection from Gates 5&6 when we play Eastleigh on Tuesday, 9th August and Macclesfield Town on Saturday, 13th August.
victories at Concord and Stortford
Braintree Town completed their pre-season schedule with two victories.
On Wednesday evening, Iron eased past Vanarama National League South side Concord Rangers. Goals from Sim Akinola and Michael Cheek put Braintree ahead before the Canvey Island side reduced the arrears. After the break Lee Barnard's well struck penalty restored the two-goal advantage as Iron won 3-1.
Braintree then recorded a second two-goal victory at neighbours Bishop's Stortford on Saturday.
Iron wrapped up their pre-season campaign with a comfortable win against their Vanarama National League South near neighbours.
It left new Iron manager Jamie Day satisfied with his side's overall performance and he feels the players are finally gelling and playing some neat passing football while creating chances in front of goal.
"I knew it would be a really hard job to literally start from scratch but the new players have come in, worked hard in training and we have improved as a team ever friendly game we have played," he said. "There's still a lot of work to do but it's taking shape, players are helping each other and we're getting more cohesion together but we all know these things take time.
"What has pleased me in the last two games is how we are coping with set pieces from the opposition and working more as a team from defence, to midfield and in attack," he continued. "We've now free week in which to work on various things ahead of next Saturday's opening game and everyone is looking forward to it."
Day has faced a mammoth task of completely rebuilding an Iron squad left with just three players from last season's play-off finals - Simeon Akinola, Michael Cheek, Chez Isacc - but he is confident that his basic 18-man squad is now in place and ready for the kick off.
"We know what to expect at this level and I think we have a good blend of experienced players and younger, ambitious players who can adapt to this level," he added.
In this final friendly it took the Iron only five minutes to take the lead when a fine work move down the left saw Cheek cut and from the edge of the area drive a low shot into the right hand corner of the net.
And early in the second half it was Cheek, clearly enjoying his partnership with new fellow striker Lee Barnard up front, who created the second goal beating off two home defenders to pull the ball square from the left into the penalty box where the experienced Barnard quickly slotted it into the net.
The Iron created further chances particularly in the second half and they certainly looked more potent in attack than last season with the experienced striker Jack Midson, a former Stortford player, playing a deeper role down the right-hand side and on the left flank former Dover Athletic winger Craig Braham-Barrett causing problems with his speed and crossing down that side for the home defence.
A few times in the first half the Iron defence were put under pressure and were clearly missing the experience influence of new central defender Jon Ashton, the ex-Crawley Town defender, who was rested for this game having picked up a knock in the midweek game at Concord Rangers.
The Iron's two new full-backs, former Welling Utd's Barney Williams at right-back and Joshua Okimo, who was at Stevenage last season, playing at left-back both gave solid enough performances against Stortford.
With Isaac and newcomer Harry Lee setting up a formidable midfield partnership the Iron always had that bit too much for the opposition to never gain control of midfield.
Braintree Town (first half): Butler; Williams, Okimo, Gayle, Fagan; Midson, Isaac, Lee, Braham-Barrett; Barnard, Cheek. Among the second half substitutes were: Sim Akinola, Jake Goodman, Luke Mallett, Isaac Galliford, Jamie Stephens. Attendance: 212. Referee: Steve Bates.
Iron open their Vanarama National League season with an away game at North Ferriby United on Saturday, kick off 3pm, followed by their first home game on Tuesday, August 9 against Eastleigh.
Iron off down the A120
Following the cancellation of the friendly at home to Cambridge United, Braintree Town will now send the first team squad to local neighbours Bishop's Stortford for a replacement friendly this Saturday, 30th July, with kick-off at 3pm.
Pitch reinstatement not completed
Saturday's pre-season friendly match at home to Cambridge United has been postponed. Representatives of our opponents inspected the progress made with the reinstatement of the Cressing Road Stadium pitch following recent drainage works and, despite improvement over recent days, both clubs have agreed that the pitch is not yet ready. Watch for announcements over the next few days about a possible replacement fixture.