Iron impress but come up second best
Braintree Town's involvement in this season's Emirates FA Cup competition came to an end at Millwall yesterday afternoon, as they were beaten 5-2 by the Sky Bet League One side. Iron took the lead through Michael Cheek on 16 minutes. The Braintree forward burst through the home defence before drilling the ball into the top left hand corner. But Millwall were level straight from the re-start when Harry Smith picked up a pass from Lee Gregory inside the box and tucked the ball past Sam Beasant. Four minutes later Smith added his second when he picked up the ball at the far post and drilled his low effort past Beasant. Shane Ferguson added a third on 25 minutes when his shot from wide on the left just crept past Beasant. Jack Midson pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break when he broke through the home defence and lifted the ball over home keeper Jordan Archer. But Millwall restored their two goal advantage three minutes into the second half, as Smith completed his hat-trick, and ten Aiden O'Brien scored a fifth in time added on with Braintree players caught pushing forward.
Central defender joins from Reading
Iron manager Hakan Hayrettin has added nineteen year old central defender Zak Jules on a short-term loan from Reading. Zak is a left-footed centre-half who is a powerful figure both in the air and on the ball. He has represented Scotland at U19 level having already reached the UEFA U17 Championship semi-finals with his country. He was handed squad number 22 for the start of the 2016-17 season by Reading.
Iron try again the Tuesday before Christmas
The Vanarama National League fixture at Borehamwood, postponed last Tuesday because of a frozen pitch, has been re-arranged. Braintree will now visit Meadow Park on Tuesday 20th December, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
David Bland gets a new Friday feature underway
Regular Forum and Facebook scribe David Bland has picked up the challenge from the Chairman of coming along on cold, damp Thursday evenings and having an informal chat with one of the lads to update you all. Last night he sat down with Chez and here's what he gleaned -
DOB: 16/11/92 - 24 years old.
Previous clubs - Watford, Tamworth, Boreham Wood and signed for Braintree July 2013.
Q. Do you have another job?
A. Yes, Recruitment Consultant.
Q. Who do you support?
A. Tottenham Hotspur.
Q. What was last gig you went to?
A. Arctic Monkeys
Q. Not including Hakan, who has been the best manager you've played for and why?
A. Danny Cowley. Considering he was a full time PE Teacher, the time and effort he put in was phenomenal. He and Nicky put their life and soul into managing the club.
Q. How would you describe your footballing style?
A. Firstly, hardworking, team player.
Q. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
A. Strengths, work rate, tackling, passing. Weakness, heading.
Q. What is your preferred position?
A. Centre midfield.
Q. Best goal for Braintree?
A. Away at Luton, 12 April 2014.
Q. What have been the best/worst grounds you've played at?
A. Best, White Hart Lane. Worst, Stanway Rovers.
Q. At what level do you think you can play?
A. League One.
Q. Who is the best player in English football, in your position?
A. Moussa Dembele.
Q. Pre 2014/15 you were given the opportunity to talk to a League Club, was there any definite offers?
A. Yes from Dagenham & Redbridge, but it didn't work out.
Q. before the start of this season you were one of the few players left from 2015/16, what was that like?
A. Worrying, it was like moving to a new club not knowing anyone.
Q. Are you still in touch with any of the players who left?
A. Yes, Paine - going to his stag do in Prague, Davis, Marks, Brundle, Sparkes.
Q. What was it like to be made captain?
A. Good, learnt a lot from Kenny.
Q. Are you confident that we'll finish outside the bottom four this season?
A. Yes, better players and team spirit now.
Q. What music should the team come out to?
A. Do You Know What I Mean - Oasis.
Q. If you could change any rule in football, what would it be?
A. Get rid of 5 yellow cards ban.
Q. If you could play under any current manager in England, who would it be?
A. Jurgen Klopp.
Q. Who are the best XI you have played with at Braintree?
A. Playing 4-3-3: Norris, Peters, Wells, Massey, Habergham, Davis, Paine, Woodyard, Akinola, Marks, Sparkes.
Get yours from the Clubhouse
Tickets for Sundays's Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie at Millwall will be on sale in the Iron Clubhouse on Thursday evening, 1st December, from 7.30pm - 9pm.
Ticket prices are as follows, with 20% reductions for Braintree Town season ticket holders.
Adults - £15 or £12 for Season Ticket Holders
Over 60s - £10 or £8 for Season Ticket Holders
Under 16s - £5 or £4 for Season Ticket Holders
All tickets are for seats.
Pitch is frozen
Tuesday evening's scheduled Vanarama National League fixture at Borehamwood was postponed at 6.45pm. The match referee decided that the goalmouths and far side of the pitch were unsafe and, with the forecast weather for the evening, unlikey to improve. News on a new date when we have it.
Home tie set for Saturday, 10th December
Braintree Town have been drawn at home in the Buildbase FA Trophy First Round to fellow Vanarama National League side Torquay United. The match will take place at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium a week on Saturday, 10th December, with kick-off at 3pm.
The First round draw is as follows:
1 Gateshead v King's Lynn Town
2 Farsley Celtic or Tamworth v Southport
3 Solihull Moors v Matlock Town or FC Halifax Town
4 Shaw Lane Association v Lincoln City
5 Gainsborough Trinity or Alfreton Town v North Ferriby United
6 Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford United
7 FC United Of Manchester or Nuneaton Town v Stocksbridge Park Steels or Stalybridge Celtic
8 Harrogate Town or Salford City v Barrow
9 AFC Fylde v Mickleover Sports or Brackley Town
10 York City v Curzon Ashton or Worcester City
11 Chorley or Stafford Rangers v Guiseley
12 Witton Albion or Boston United v Chester
13 Wrexham v Tranmere Rovers
14 Altrincham or Blyth Spartans v Macclesfield Town
15 Stockport County v Darlington 1883 or Marine
16 Ebbsfleet United v Woking
17 Chelmsford City v Hitchin Town
18 Dagenham & Redbridge v Worthing or Hemel Hempstead Town
19 Harlow Town v Eastleigh
20 Whitehawk or St Albans City v Poole Town or Weymouth
21 Braintree Town v Torquay United
22 Margate or East Thurrock United v Aldershot Town
23 Dulwich Hamlet v Hampton & Richmond Borough or Royston Town
24 Welling United v Hythe Town
25 Maidenhead United or Wealdstone v Wingate & Finchley
26 Dartford v Dover Athletic
27 South Park v North Leigh
28 AFC Sudbury v Gosport Borough
29 Sutton United v Bath City
30 Forest Green Rovers v Truro City
31 Boreham Wood v Maidstone United
32 Bromley v Leiston or Eastbourne Borough
Club extend six-year unbeaten run at Southport
A battling performance from the Iron in this nine-goal thriller at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Saturday saw them grab a fantastic win that moves them out of the relegation places and left manager Hakan Hayrettin searching for a stiff post match drink!
"It was a great comeback from being 3-1 down in the first half to go in at the interval 4-3 up but it was enough to turn me drink," he declared. "We had a great start taking the lead within 58 seconds of the kick-off but then through basic schoolboy errors let ourselves concede three goals by the half hour mark.
"But full marks to the players who showed great character in coming back straight away and it was crucial we were at least level pegging at the interval," he continued.
"But to regain the lead in first half stoppage time gave us the platform to on to win the game and in the second half I felt we were in control of the game but needed to score a couple more goals to give us some breathing space."
Hayrettin, with an injury hit squad drafted in central defender Manny Parry to form a new defensive partnership with 19 year-old Danny Rumens, was also grateful for two fine second half saves from keeper Sam Beasant to keep his side in the lead.
"He did really well but it was a true team effort and I am proud of all the boys" he added. "We can now build on this win and we can keep making it step by step as we progress and obviously another win away from home gives everyone an added confidence."
The goals feast certainly made it an entertaining afternoon for the watching 866 fans including the loyal 19 Iron fans who made the long day journey north.
It was Michael Cheek who gave them the early lead tapping the ball in at far post from Sean Clohessy right wing cross and five minutes later was unlucky not to add a second but home keeper Magnus Norman pulled off a great save.
But on 16 minutes the home side drew level through some poor Iron defending with Jack Higgins scrambling the ball home from close range.
Again schoolboy defending by the Iron saw the home side score twice in two minutes with Josh Thompson left unmarked at the far post to head home on 27 minutes then from the kick off a back pass by Harry Lee to keeper Beasant left him to try and clear it first time only for the clearance to ricochet off Andrai Jones low into the corner of the net.
Despite these two errors, the Iron came strongly from 3-1 down and on 30 minutes young Rumens brilliantly headed home a Monty Patterson corner for his first goal for the club and on 36 minutes Ollie Muldoon fired home a low, left wing free-kick straight into the home net after Cheek had been fouled.
The Iron kept up the pressure and right on half time the hard working Cheek netted his second with a tap in from another Muldoon free-kick.
Now 4-3 up the Iron set about adding to their score and they had chances but it was home side who equalised on 56 minutes when Beasant brought the on-rushing Jones down in the area and Jamie Allen scored from the penalty spot.
But Iron kept going forward and on 64 minutes Jack Midson headed a great ball into the home net from a Patterson corner.
It was no more than the Iron deserved but it took a brilliant save by Beasant on 74 minutes to ensure his side returned home with all three points and deserved so in a match which was not for faint-hearted!
Braintree Town: Beasant; Clohessy, Parry, Rumens, Okimo; Patterson (Hall Johnson 90), Muldoon (Isaac 68), Lee, Akinola; Cheek (Barnard 84), Midson. unused subs, Gayle, Matthews.
Defender joins the club
Braintree Town manager Hakan Hayrettin has further strengthened his first team squad with the signing of 22-year old central defender Immanuel (Manny) Parry from National League South side Margate. A 6'4" defender, Manny started his career as a Millwall schoolboy before moving on to Stoke City in 2011, where he signed his first contract. He spent 2012/13 at Nuneaton and then last season at Maidstone United.
Iron battle for a point
Iron pulled off a fantastic second half escape act against all odds to salvage a fully deserved point against Kent rivals Bromley at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Tuesday evening.
It was all down to character and commitment from a home side forced into having a makeshift defence that still managed to hold on for a vital point that moves them up to fourth from bottom in the league and another step towards escaping the relegation zone.
The team without experienced defender George Elokobi recalled the previous day by Colchester United, had to be changed twice just before the kick off with striker Simeon Akinola going to Bromley's ground where he thought the game was being played, forcing manager Hakan Hayrettin to name him as a substitute because he only arrived at Cressing Road during the first half.
Then minutes before the start central defender Jon Ashton apparently tweaked a calf muscle in the warm-up so Hayrettin was forced to replace him with new central-defender Danny Rumens in the heart of the defence.
It then went from bad to worse for the Iron because central defender Jake Goodman was forced off after just 13 minutes with a pulled hamstring leaving Hayrettin to again hurriedly reshuffle his back line, moving full-back Jerome Okimo to replace him and bringing on midfielder Chez Issac as an emergency right-back.
"I've never known such bad luck in all the years in the game - I couldn't believe it and wondered what was going to happen next," exclaimed a hoarse Hayrettin afterwards. "They were going down like ninepins but full credit to all the players, particularly those asked to play out of their normal position, every one stuck to their task and fought and battled hard.
"Even when we went 2-1 down early in the second half I knew the players wouldn't give up and they didn't to a man," he continued. "They showed such resilience, heart and character and once we had equalised I felt we could still go on an win it despite having a makeshift side, but a point is a point and in the circumstances and I'll take it."
Despite their enforced team changes the Iron made a terrific start by taking the lead in the opening minute, all from a long throw-in from Harry Lee into the visitors' penalty box where everyone appeared to miss it until it reached Reece Hall-Johnson who rammed the ball into the net.
The Iron's joy was short-lived though because on seven minutes the visitors equalised when the newly re-organised defence was caught out allowing Tobi Sho-Silva to beat keeper Sam Beasant.
With poor defending at either end it was clear more goals would follow with the visitors looking the more dangerous in front of goal and late on in the first half they hit the post while up at the other end on 41 minutes Iron's young loanee Sam Matthews curled a neat free-kick just over the Bromley bar.
The visitors initially came out strongly early in the second half and Beasant produced a great point-blank save from Lee Minishall, pushing the ball over the bar, but from the resultant corner Minishall found space and a little time at the back post to head home.
But the Iron players fought back immediately and with Akinola on after 57 minutes both he, Michael Cheek and Ollie Muldoon all went close to scoring.
The break through came on 68 minutes when the Iron deservedly equalised thanks to a fine cross into the box by Hall-Johnson where Cheek managed to stoop low in between two defenders and head home.
This equaliser gave the Iron players even more confidences to go forward looking for a possible winner and though substitute Lee Barnard and Cheek both came close they couldn't find that extra but of quality to seal a victory.
"It was a great result in the end for us and I am pleased with a point in the circumstances but we now look ahead to Saturday's trip to Southport and a win," said Hayrattin. "With Jake out for possibly two-three weeks getting an experienced central defender in is a must and I'll be working hard to do just that."
He added: "It will also be Ollie's last game with us on loan as he is returning to Charlton Athletic."
Braintree Town: Beasant; Clohessy, Okimo, Goodman (Isaac 13), Rumens; Matthews (Akinola 57), Muldoon, Lee, Hall-Johnson (Barnard 87); Cheek, Midson. Unused sub: Maybanks. Attendance: 521. Referee: Christopher O'Donnell.
In the Clubhouse after the game
Tickets for our FA Cup Second Round tie away at Millwall will be on sale in the Clubhouse five minutes after the game finishes this evening.
Tickets sales tonight will be restricted to Club season ticket holders and members of the FSA.
Tickets will go on general sale on Thursday evening, 24th November, in the Clubhouse from 7.30-9pm and on Thursday evening, 1st December, in the Clubhouse from 7.30-9pm.
Iron match Tranmere but end up without reward
JUST how cruel football can be at times was clearly evident at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday when the Iron having dominated large parts of the game, certainly in the second half for long spells, fell to a sucker punch on a counter attack to concede what turned out to be the winning goal 14 minutes from time.
The Iron had been pressing hard and seen two shots cleared off the Rovers' goal line, denied two penalty appeals, one in each half, only to see visiting striker Andy Cook latch on to a long clearance up field and unleashed a fantastic 25 yard shot into the roof of the Iron net giving keeper Sam Beasant no chance.
It was a heartbreaking end for the Iron players in what as an entertaining game of football that saw chances at both end while overall the home side had done enough to deserve at least a draw.
It left Iron manager Hakan Hayrettin bitterly disappointed at the outcome but he was full of praise for his players adding: "They were all tremendous and were outstanding for the whole game having competed against them in every department and matched them too while constantly forcing them on to the backfoot.
"But it's a small margin between getting something or nothing at all like today but I am really proud of the team and I still feel we've made vast improvements in the short time I've been here," he continued. "I felt we could have had a penalty in either half and on one of the two goal line clearances our players nearest to it felt the ball had crossed the line.
"Also how their defender got away with handling the ball on the line from a downward header by George (Elokobi) I just don't know," he went on. "They then immediately break away on the counter-attack and the boy hit's a wonder goal and I bet anyone he will never score another one like it."
Hayrettin went on: "We should have never lost and I feel we were hard done by but that's football and you have to get on with it. They are a full time side, full of expensive and experienced players but we showed we were more than a match for them and we know that every game at this level for us it a tough one.
"But we are making progress and heading in the right direction but we must start to get points on the board and I am confident we soon will," he added.
Iron started the game with just one enforced change from the side that beat Wrexham the previous week with Sam Matthews coming in for Monty Patterson, away on World Cup duty with New Zealand, and they took the game to the visitors from the kick off with Michael Cheek and Simeon Akinola both going close.
The visitors did get the ball in the Iron early on but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside and they also had a great chance to take the lead on 32 minutes when Andy Mangan was adjudged by referee Adrian Quelch to have been fouled in the area by Jake Goodman.
It was one of several decisions given against the Iron during the afternoon, but Beasant pulled off a fine save with his legs to keep the sides level.
The early stages of the second half saw the Iron well on top and could have had a penalty when visiting defender Lee Vaughan clearly handled Elokobi's header from a corner on the goal line.
The Iron kept up the pressure and missed three difficult chances to score while up at the other end the visitors also went close with two shots they blasted over the bar in what was an end-to-end game that provided fine entertainment for the 964 crowd.
The visitors should have been reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes of the game when Jay Hughes, already booked for stamping on Ollie Muldoon, escaped with only a telling off for another crude, professional foul on an Iron player.
But it was all settled on 76 minutes when the visitors broke away and the ball fell kindly into the path of Cook who volleyed an unstoppable first time shot into the top corner of the Iron net.
Despite this setback the Iron kept pushing forward for what would have been a deserved equaliser but it didn't come and they ended up losing a game in which they should have at least gained a point.
Braintree Town: Beasant; Clohessy, Goodman, Elokobi, Okimo; Matthews (Maybanks 81), Lee, Muldoon (Isaac 86), Akinola; Barnard (Midson 81), Cheek. Unused subs: Ashton, Hall-Johnson. Referee: Adrian Quelch. Attendance: 964.
Next up for the Iron is a home league game against Bromley on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.
Segregation in place
For Braintree Town's Vanarama National League fixture at home to Tranmere Rovers this coming Saturday, 19th November, segregation WILL be in force. The game will be a category 'A' match. Given the larger than usual crowd expected for this match, spectators are advised to be inside the ground by 2.30pm. Prices for the match will be as follows:
Seats adults £18, Seats concessions £12
Ground adults £17, Ground OAPs and concessions £11
Ground U16s £6 and Ground U11s £4
To gain entry to the ground, visiting spectators should use the two turnstiles to the right of the Main Stand and clubhouse, numbered 7 and 8. Home spectators should use the four turnstiles to the left on the clubhouse, numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Any spectators found in the incorrect section of the stadium will be in breach of the Club's stadium rules and may be ejected.
The Club are mindful of the limited parking we have available at the ground. Following the advice received from Essex Police, the Club have decided to charge for entry into the car park - with a flat rate of £2 for all users. Essex Police have also suggested that the car park be closed prior to kick-off to ensure that there is no congestion between pedestrian spectators and vehicles. No vehicles will be allowed entry into the car park within 15 minutes prior to kick-off.
Those travelling to the Cressing Road Stadium for the first time can find more information on how best to travel by clicking on the 'Find Us' link above. The Clubhouse at the Cressing Road Stadium can only be accessed from inside the designated home section of the ground. For further information, please contact the Club on 01376 345617 or 01376 330976.
Iron work hard to secure their win
Iron picked up all three points with a hard fought win at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday thanks to a first half goal from Michael Cheek and some determined and organised defending in the second half.
It left manager Hakan Hayrettin a delighted man and full of praise for his players' "hard work, discipline and collectively working for one another" and he believes that with back-to-back wins they've taken another step forward.
"I believe too we have turned the corner but there's still a lot of further improvement to made," he declared. "We knew it would be hard coming to such a massive stadium and big home crowd but full marks to all the boys because they soaked up the pressure when they had to and still kept going forward and creating further goal scoring chances."
He went on: "The players now know the key is that they have to work hard when they are without the ball and not allow themselves to be rolled over and they did exactly that in this game."
Hayrettin, who kept the same starting side that thumped Eastbourne Borough the previous week, continued: "The players won the game because they worked hard from start to finish, showed great resilience under pressure but kept their focus on the game."
He added: "We had been to watch Wrexham so we knew what to expect but I felt we controlled the game and really in the second half we should have scored twice more to give us more breathing space."
Hayrettin certainly has the Iron side playing their best football of the season and with now a much stronger and well organised defence they also equally look more threatening every time they attack.
The home side naturally started stronger backed by a big home crowd of 3,413 and they did get the ball into the Iron net after only four minutes but John Rooney's deflected shot was rightly ruled offside.
Once Iron keeper Sam Beasant had pulled off a great save on 21 minutes from a Curtis Tilt shot it was the visitors who broke away down the other end and within a further minute had taken the lead.
It all stemmed from a long throw-in from Harry Lee which was headed on at the near post by Jake Goodman to the far post where the unmarked Cheek stealthily cruised in head home.
Buoyed with the goal the Iron went looking for a second and they put pressure on the home defence with Lee Barnard only being denied a goal thanks to an exceptional save by on-loan 'keeper Luke Coddington.
The early part of the second half saw the Iron defence naturally put under pressure as the home side went looking for an equaliser but they dug deep and contained the home attacks.
With the Iron showing fine form with their counter-attacks Barnard again was only denied by another Cuddington save and then on 72 minutes from an Ollie Muldoon corner Goodman saw his effort kicked off the home goal line.
Ten minutes later the Iron should have made the game save when substitute Jack Midson fed a fine ball in from the right to the unmarked Simeon Akinola who some 12 yards out and with a gaping goal in front of him somehow lifted the ball over the bar.
In the final few minutes of the game the home side tried to make a late rally in a bid to snatch an equaliser but the Iron players continued to work hard collectively and deservedly held on to make it three successive wins in a row again the Welsh side.
Braintree Town: Beasant; Clohessy, Goodman, Elokobi, Okimo; Lee, Barnard (Isaac 83), Muldoon, Patterson (Hall-Johnson 90); Cheek (Midson 70), Akinola. Unused subs: Gayle, Maybanks. Attendance: 3,143.
Next up for the Iron is this coming Saturday, 19th November, when they entertain Tranmere Rovers at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium in another Vanarama National League fixture, with kick-off at 3pm.
Price reductions for season ticket holders
Ticket prices for the Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie at Millwall are as follows, with 20% reductions for Braintree Town season ticket holders.
Adults - £15 or £12 for Season Ticket Holders
Over 60s - £10 or £8 for Season Ticket Holders
Under 16s - £5 or £4 for Season Ticket Holders
All tickets are for seats. Tickets for the Braintree Town designated section of the ground will ONLY be on sale from the IronmongeryDirect Stadium. As soon as the tickets are received from Millwall we will announce when the tickets will be going on sale.
Iron set to visit League One Side Millwall
A date has been agreed for Braintree Town's Emirates FA Cup Second Round away to Sky Bet League One side Millwall. This match will now take place on Sunday, 4th December, with kick-off at (please note) 2pm.
Iron set to visit League One Side Millwall
Braintree Town have been drawn away to Sky Bet League One side Millwall in the Second Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup. This match will take place over the weekend of 3rd-4th December. Our progress in this season's competition will also dictate the postponement of our Vanarama National league fixture scheduled for Saturday, 3rd December at home to Sutton United, which will now be re-arranged. More news on the details for the match at Millwall and a new date for our game at home to Sutton United when we have it.
A reminder that, next up for the Iron is an Essex Senior Cup tie against Maldon & Tiptree at home on this evening, kick off 7.45pm. Admission this evening is just £5 for adults and £3 for OAPs and U16s to all parts of the ground.
Hakan's lads enter unchartered territory
Iron made it into the second round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history after the complete demolition of their Vanarama National South visitors at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday.
It was also their biggest ever FA Cup win for 85 years since they beat Felixstowe Town in the Preliminary Round back in the 1931/32 season but it was the manner of this latest victory that delighted manager Hakan Hayrettin.
"I'm delighted for the boys because they took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the first whistle and never gave up," he explained. "We created goal scoring chances from the off and this week, unlike last week's league game against Solihull, they took their chances and what a difference it made.
"I felt we were comfortable throughout, controlled the game, set the tempo and kept it up right to the end," he continued. "But you always need to score goals and that's what we did leading comfortably 3-0 at the interval during which I said to them Ôdo it all again in the second half and don't ease up' and I'm pleased they responded as they did."
Defensively the Iron looked as strong as they have this season and this improvement was helped by the impressive right-back debut of 29 year-old Sean Clohessy, who played 44 games for Leyton Orient last season and has Football League experience with both Colchester and Southend.
"He brings the right experience we need in that position at the current time and I'm pleased the Club have allowed me to sign him on permanently as he was a free agent," said Hayrettin. "As a team we are now heading in the right direction and taking it a step at a time and I am pleased that the experienced Lee Barnard is now making an impact in the side, particularly when it comes to helping the younger players around him."
Barnard, who has his best game in Iron colours, helped himself to two goals in this game, tapping in a close range shot after Simeon Akinola's right wing lob shot had come back off the post on 68 minutes and six minutes later firing home a penalty after Akinola had been brought down.
In reality this match was over as a contest by half time because the Iron were so dominant taking the lead on six minutes when Monty Patterson was quick to follow up a loose ball after keeper Lewis Carey had only managed to parry a back post header from Michael Cheek from a fine cross from Barnard.
On 11 minutes Iron added a second when a left wing corner from Patterson was nodded into the net off the woodwork by George Elokobi for his first goal for the club.
The third goal came on 21 minutes when a low 25 yard free-kick from the left by Ollie Muldoon seem to elude everyone as he drilled into the bottom far corner of the net, although Elokobi was adamant he managed to get the final touch on the ball to claim the goal.
The visitors did start the second half in a more positive attacking manner but with Iron keeper Sam Beasant handling the ball well so giving confidence to his defenders in front and both Elokobi and Jake Goodman solid in the heart of the back line they never really troubled in front of goal.
Once Barnard had scored his goals and with the Iron continuing to look dangerous every time they entered the visitors' area it was not surprise they added a sixth goal on 83 minutes and it was that man Elokobi who managed to glance the ball into the net with his head from a corner by substitute Reece Hall-Johnson.
Deservedly for all his creative running and work-rate throughout the game it was Akinola who scored the seventh goal two minutes from time when he cut in from the left and from the edge of the area sent in a beautifully curling right-foot shot into the far corner of the net giving keeper Carey no chance.
So it was not only a comprehensive win for the Iron and carried out in a fine manner from a side that took its chances from the start and never looked back, it was also creating a bit of club history in the making.
Braintree Town: Beasant; Clohessy, Goodman, Elokobi, Okimo; Patterson (Matthews 62), Lee, Muldoon (Hall-Johnson 81), Akinola; Cheek (Midson 73), Barnard. Unused subs: Williams, Gayle, Ashton. Attendance: 645. Referee: Stephen Ross.
Next up for the Iron is an Essex Senior Cup game against Maldon and Tiptree at home on Tuesday, kick off 7 45pm.
Trip to Dagenham back 24 hours
Braintree Town's Vanarama National League fixture away to Essex neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge has been changed. Originally scheduled for New Year's Day, the match will now be delayed by one day and be played on the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd January, with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Dominance goes unrewarded
Iron suffered a heartbreak defeat against visitors Solihull Moors conceding a penalty goal four minutes from time at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium on Saturday, having dominated most of the game and missed six or seven goal scoring chances to have helped them win comfortably.
It left manager Hakan Hayrettin a frustrated man at the final whistle and he kept his players on the pitch for a good 15 minutes talking to adding: "Some players didn't do as they were told towards the end which meant we conceded the ball when in a good attacking position up at their end, they break away and we defended abysmally down the right and allowed them to gain a penalty which they didn't really deserve.
"It really hurts me because we should have had this game wrapped up by half time and been at least three goals ahead," he said. "The trouble is we have a lack of consistency from some players in certain positions and you can't legislate for it, but I intend to get it sorted and sorted fairly quickly because it has to be done for us to move up the table.
He went on: "Yes, they came with a game plan but we showed far more authority and dominance in every department and were well in command, created the chances and we should have taken some of them and we would have had the win we so badly need."
Admitting the visitors' victory was "daylight robbery" Hayrettin said: "I think up until the penalty they had just one decent shot on our goal in each half and no more but you can't waste all the seven or eight clearcut chances we had prior to that."
The bright spots for Hayrettin was the solid performance in goal from fit again goalkeeper Sam Beasant after a month's absence and the debut of on-loan young striker from Ipswich Town, Monty Patterson, who showed guile and creativity every time when he was on the ball.
With Lee Barnard and Michael Cheek beginning to show an impressive partnership up front and Chez Isaac and Oli Muldoon controlling the midfield, Iron were well on top in the first half but the nearest Iron came to scoring was when on 16 minute a left wing cross from from Jerome Okimo was headed against the visitors' bar by Barnard before being cleared.
Isaac, Patterson, Cheek and Simeon Akinola all saw possible decent goal chances go begging and it was much the same in the second half with visiting keeper Danny Lewis the far busier of the two custodians.
Twice Patterson was in on goal but he shots were parried away and in the second half chances fell to both Barnard and Cheek twice when so close to finding the net just missing the cross by literally inches and when Muldoon and Isaac fired shot on target there was always a defender on hand to kick the ball away at the last moment.
With young Patterson substituted with tiring legs almost on the hour the lively young substitute Sam Matthews immediately created a couple of chances for Cheek and Barnard but they were just wide of the target.
As the game entered the final minutes it looked as it the Iron were disappointingly going to at least a draw but that all went horribly wrong on 85 minutes when right-back Ian Gayle was badly caught out unnecessarily bringing down Andy Brown in the area leaving referee Dean Treleaven no option but to point to the penalty spot.
It left substitute Harry White the simple task of driving the kick low and hard into the left-hand corned of the net giving Beasant no chance.
It was a bitterly disappointing end to a game in which the Iron had dominated throughout and should have won at least two or three clear goals.
Braintree Town: Beasant; Gayle (Midson 87), Goodman, Elokobi, Okimo; Isaac, Muldoon, Patterson (Matthews 57), Akinola; Barnard Dias (80), Cheek. Unused subs: Lee, Ashton. Attendance: 625.
Next up for the Iron is at home next Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup first round against Eastbourne Borough, kick off 3pm.
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.