Late winner denies Iron a point
Braintree Town secured their first Vanarama South point of the season with an entertaining 1-1 draw against visitors Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.
After a bright opening, Iron saw their opponents reduced to ten men when Jason Prior was dismissed for kicking out at skipper John White after an innocuous clash twenty minutes into the game. But it was the visitors that took the lead ten minutes before the break when James Roberts effort dipped just passed Sims into the top corner.
Iron responded positively with both Joe Muscatt and Willie Clemons having efforts denied by Havant keeper Ross Worner before the interval.
Two minutes after the break Levi Amantchi looked to be fouled when he was pulled down in the visitors 18 yard box, but penalty claims were ignored and Clemons' follow up was well saved by Worner. White and Ben Fowkes both had chances as Iron upped the pressure. On the hour Kyron Farrell's effort was just off target and substitute Aaron Blair saw his first effort get the better of Worner but just miss the target and saw his next effort beat Worner but is ruled out for an earlier offside.
But Iron's pressure finally paid dividends with 14 minutes remaining when Farrell's cross was headed past Worner off the underside of the bar to level things up at 1-1. Iron looked to have added a second through Blair on 81 minutes but his effort was cleared off the line by Joe Oastler.
Havant saw time out to secure their point, while Iron will be pleased with their positive response to going behind. Next up for Iron is the visit of Hemel Hempstead Town this coming Tuesday evening with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Two home games in three days
This Saturday Iron commence their home Vanarama South fixtures with a 3pm kick-off against visitors Havant & Waterlooville. The South Coast club started their fixtures with a 3-1 victory over visitors Slough Town Last Saturday.

We're back here at the Dunmow Group Stadium the following Tuesday evening, 16th August, when Hemel Hempstead Town are the visitors for another Vanarama South fixture, with kick-off at 7.45pm. The Hertfordshire club finished just above us last season with 48 points. We completed a league double over The Tudors, winning 3-0 away in August and 3-1 at home in April. Last Saturday saw them get their campaign underway with a single goal victory over Farnborough Town.

On Saturday, 20th August, we make the journey down the M4 to visit Twerton Park, home of Bath City. The Somerset club lost last Saturday's opener 2-0 at home to Dartford. Last season we lost 3-1 at home in September but picked up a point from a goal-less draw away in late January. Travel details are as follows:
Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath BA2 1DB
T 01225 423087 M 07785 795532
Number of covered seats: 789
Nearest railway station: Oldfield Park Distance from ground 1 mile
PITCH TYPE: Natural Grass.

On Saturday, 27th August, we're back here at the Dunmow Group Stadium when Tonbridge Angels are the visitors for another Vanarama South fixture, with kick-off at 3pm. The Kent club finished just above us last season on goal difference. We took four points from six, winning 1-0 at home in November and drawing 0-0 away in March. Last Saturday saw them get their campaign underway with a 3-1 win at Weymouth.

On August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August - we visit Cheshunt, for another Vanarama South fixture, with kick-off at 3pm. Last Saturday saw Cheshunt recover from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough. Travel details are as follows:
The Stadium, Theobalds Lane, Cheshunt, Herts EN88RU
T 01992 625793 M 07809489865
Nearest railway station: Theobalds Grove
Distance from ground: 1.2 miles.
PITCH TYPE: Natural Grass.

Late winner denies Iron a point
Our lads put in a good display and recovered from going a goal down on 34 minutes, courtesy of Alfie Matthew's fine free-kick five minutes later that clipped the underside of the bar. After the break we matched the home side but were unfortunate to concede with seven minutes left. With the lads gradually getting to know each other as matches are played, we can be pleased with the opening day.

Season tickets available for collection
Collect from the Clubhouse Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Season tickets for the forthcoming 2022/2023 season have arrived. They can be collected from the Clubhouse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 9pm and from the passes gate on Saturday 13th August.

Iron start at Dulwich
Trip to South East London to get 2022-2023 underway
Braintree Town start their season with a trip to South East London to visit Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday 6th August before returning to the Dunmow Group Stadium to play successive home matches against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 13th August and then Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday, 16th August. Iron enter the Emirates FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round stage on Saturday 17th September and the Isuzu FA Trophy in the Second Round on Saturday 19th November. Christmas & New Year matches are away and at home to neighbours Chelmsford City on Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The season finishes with a trip to visit Slough Town. For a full list of all the fixtures, click on the Games link above.

Final pre-season schedule confirmed
Iron have an entertaining mix to look forward to
Braintree Town have agreed their pre-season schedule as follows:

Sat 9 July Newmarket Town Away
Thur 14 July Sudbury Away
Sat 16 July Needham Market Away
Tue 19 July Peterborough Sports Home
Sat 23 July Norwich City U23 Home

Sat 30 July Maldon & Tiptree Away

Admision prices for the Peterborough Sports match will be: Adults 5 and Concessions 3. For the Norwich City match, admission will be Adults 10 and Concessions 5.

Angelo Harrop joins Braintree
Former Sudbury boss switches to the Dunmow Group Stadium
Braintree Town have appointed 35-year old Angelo Harrop as their First Team Manager. The former Colchester United player has been involved in the management and coaching of Stanway, Brightlingsea and Sudbury, who he guided to the FA Cup First Round last season.
Chairman Lee Harding was delighted with his appointment: "We spoke to a number of potential new managers but Angelo's desire and passion for the game really impressed us. I loved his infectious enthusiasm and believe he will do well for us. The hard work starts now!"
Angelo Harrop said: "I see this as a fantastic opportunity and one I will absolutely relish. The fans can be assured that they will have the hardest working manager in the league. I would like to thank my former club AFC Sudbury for allowing me to embark on this journey and our memories shared through the season and the FA cup will live with me forever."
The new Iron boss hopes to bring his first signing to the Club this week and will be chatting to members of last season's squad. More news of the development of the Iron squad and additional pre-season friendlies when we have it!

Jerry Carter heads to Maldon & Tiptree
and has stepped down as a director of the Club
Jerry Carter has stepped down as a director of the Club and has subsequently accepted the Chairmanship of Maldon & Tiptree FC.
Jerry said: "the reason for my resignation was initially to concentrate on my family and some other business interests. It is with a heavy heart I will cease to be involved with the day today running of the Club. However, my family's business will continue to sponsor and support the Chairman and the club. Since standing down, fate moves in mysterious ways and I have accepted an offer to be Chairman of Maldon & Tiptree FC. I wish Lee and everyone at the Club success and now look to my footballing future in Maldon."
Chairman Lee Harding paid tribute: "Jerry has been a great friend and help to the Club and I'd like to thank him for his support over many years. We appreciate his continued support and wish him all the very best in his new role at Maldon & Tiptree."

Prices for 2022-23 announced
Matchday prices held for fifth successive year
The Club have agreed their match day and season tickets pricing for next season. Matchday prices for the forthcoming 2022-23 season will remain unchanged for the fifth year in succession.
Supporters are reminded that next season's Vanarama South Division will include 24 clubs and therefore 23 home league matches. Adult and concession season tickets bought on or before Saturday 4 June 2022 will allow supporters to sit or stand anywhere they choose in the Stadium.
As in previous seasons, season ticket holders who purchase on or before 4 June 2022 will be rewarded with five games FREE of charge, while an under 18 season tickets offer an incredible FOURTEEN games free!
We have extended our new initiative for season tickets for our younger supporters - Under 12 - who are provided with entry for just 23 - or just a POUND a game!
As usual, 'early bird' discounts are offered for season tickets purchased on or before Saturday 4 June 2022. To get yours, the Iron Clubhouse will be open during Saturdays and Sundays, plus Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Bring your form and payment with you. Any queries to 01376 330976/345617.
Supporters can pay for their season tickets by card, cash or cheque and the season ticket application form can be downloaded here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.

Tuesday 16th August 2022 7.45pm
Vanarama South

Saturday 20th August 2022 3pm
Bath City (Away)
Vanarama South

Saturday 27th August 2022 3pm
Vanarama South

Monday 29th August 2022 3pm
Cheshunt (Away)
Vanarama South