Early goals too much for Braintree
A strong Braintree XI made the short journey to Conference South neighbours Chelmsford City for another pre-season match last (Wednesday) evening and came away beaten by three goals to one. Iron were behind in the opening minute when Mark Hughes headed home from close range and Michael Cheek doubled that advantage on 12 minutes when his shot bounced over Nick Hamann. Luke Callander's quickly taken free-kick made it 3-0 just before the half hour before Jordan Cox completed a well-worked move to reduce the arrears before the interval. Braintree did a little better during the second half, but it remained goal-less and the match finished 3-1. Next up for Braintree is the visit of Cambridge United this coming Saturday afternoon for another pre-season match, with kick-off at 3pm.

Thousands raised for Iron legend
Iron long-term servant Brad Quinton stepped onto the Cressing road pitch for one last time in his testimonial match against Ipswich Town. The sun shone on Brad and the team in what made for a great send off for the Iron man whose 546 appearances will go down in Braintree Town history. The first half saw a very strong Iron side take on the Tractor boys, in what turned out to be an even affair for much of the first half. Kenny Davis and Sean Marks had chances, but it would be the visitors that would take the lead. Ipswich trialist Leeroy Lita found himself through on goal when he received a ball over the top from Bru. Only an arm across Lita's body prevented the shot, and subsequent free kick fired over the bar before Dan Walker fired into the goalkeeper's hands up the other end on the half hour mark. But it was Ipswich who found the back of the net five minutes later when Lita was presented with a tap in from Nathan MacDonald. MacDonald dived low to parry a free kick from just outside the area into Lita's path, who could do nothing but score from just yards in front of the goal line. Bakare did well to intercept 2 minutes before half time coming on as a substitute, turning to shoot from outside the box, but fired well over. It was Brad had the final chance of the half himself, standing over a free kick with intent, but blasting into the Ipswich wall to find himself on the wrong end of a 1-0 score line at half time. The Tractor boys had the chance to extend their lead ten minutes into the second half, with Petney's bar struck from a free kick. Quinton stepped up again for the home side on the hour mark for a free kick 25 yards out. The shot was drilled low and into the ‘keeper's arms in what would be Brad's last kick in an Iron shirt. Walking off to a standing ovation, Brad applauded the crowd showing his respect for the Iron faithful, taking up a seat in the dugout to watch the remaining 30 minutes. With wholesale changes in the second half, both sides failed to really threaten; the biggest applaud going to the announcement of over £3000 being raised for Bradley from the game. There's no rest for Iron who will travel to the Melbourne tonight to face Chelmsford City in their next pre-season friendly. Attendance: 467. Match report by Chris Pargin.

Braintree Town v Ipswich Town
This coming Tuesday evening, 22nd July we will be entertaining an Ipswich Town XI. The match will be a testimonial game for long-serving player Brad Quinton who has reluctantly had to retire from the game after making 546 appearances for the Club. Brad will be playing on Tuesday evening and all Iron supporters are invited to show their appreciation for a true Braintree Town man. Kick-off is 7.30pm and admission prices for the game, which is pay at the turnstiles on the day, are as follows: £10 for adults, £7 for OAPs and those still in full time education, £5 for under 16s and £3 for under 11s.

51 points and the need for better
Speaking to Iron manager Alan Devonshire prior to Saturday's victory over Southend United, Alan re-iterated his focus on strengthening his squad ahead of the season. True to form, the Iron boss has refused to alter the objectives of the club at this stage, despite only narrowly missing out on a play-off place last season. Answering a few questions from Chris Pargin Alan confirmed that, although he has already added two fresh faces to his squad, the club are moving to bring in three or four more for the start of the season.

We'll start with asking what are the aims and objectives for the season ahead?
- "51 points! 51 points as always, that is the starting point and the quicker that we can get there then we can re-evaluate. We're not going to get carried away with the three seasons that we have had, it's going to be tough. Southport last season only just stayed up, the year before they finished sixth, just missing out on the play-offs. It's going to be a tough tough league."
With Dean leaving, it's left a bit of a hole. What have you got on the horizon in terms of new additions? Is there anyone that's going to be able to fill that space?
- "Well we hope so. I'm not going to rush anything, I've got a few different options. It's about picking the right player to play in that position. It's hard to replace Deano as we know but at the end of the day it gives someone else an opportunity."
You've got a couple in already with Charlie (Strutton) and Dan (Walker) ...
- "Yes, we lost Dan Holman, he was our top goal scorer so we lost our top goal scorer and our best defender, so they're going to be hard to replace. Up front I think we are ok when the boys are back and fully fit, but we need to get somebody at the back and that's what I'm working on at the moment."
So with two new faces how many are you looking to add?
- "I'm looking for another three or four to add, but they've got to be as good as or better than what we've got, so that's what we're working on at the moment."
Alan has another chance to look at his squad ahead of the coming season this week with games against Ipswich Town at Cressing Road on Tuesday evening and at Chelmsford City on Wednesday evening.

Third friendly win in a week for Iron
Braintree Town won their third pre-season match in a week with a deserved odd goal in three victory over a full strength Southend United side at the Cressing Road Stadium on Saturday. Michael Bakare put the Essex side ahead after 42 minutes when he broke on the left before driving the ball past Southend keeper Danny Bentley from a tight angle. The Roots Hall club levelled in similar fashion early in the second half through Barry Corr, but conceded a second with 22 minutes remaining. Braintree's James Mulley was caught as he broke free of the Shrimpers defence and skipper Kenny Davis stepped up to tuck the resultant spot kick home. Don't forget that Tuesday evening sees long-serving Brad Quinton's testimonial against Ipswich Town at Cressing Road with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Braintree continue build up against Southend United
Braintree Town continue their pre-season build up with the visit of League Two side Southend United to the Cressing Road Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Please note that the kick-off for this match is 1pm.
Iron entertained the Roots Hall club last pre-season and got their pre-season campaign off and running with a high tempo match. We took a sixth minute lead when excellent work on the right from Newman Carney set up Dan Holman wide on the left of the Southend penalty area. Despite fighting a seemingly lost cause, Dan was able to get the better of the United full back and lifted the ball across the six yard box for the waiting Sean Marks to head home. Southend levelled on 26 minutes when pressure from Hemmings saw Matt Paine's attempted clearance loop over Nathan McDonald, but Iron secured the winner with six minutes remaining. Nicky Symons broke from half way before firing his effort with venom low into the bottom right corner from 25 yards.
Admission prices for the game, which is pay at the turnstiles on the day, are as follows: £10 for adults, £7 for OAPs and those still in full time education, £5 for under 16s and £3 for under 11s.

Strong Norwich side too good for Braintree
Braintree kicked off their home pre-season campaign in a changed white strip, unfamiliar to Cressing Road. A strong side was fielded by the Canaries, who ran out 6-1 winners on the night. Both sides made the most of the squads at their disposal, making mass changes in the second half with Alan Devonshire introducing some trialists in the fold against the Championship opposition. Wes Hoolahan won free-kick just outside the 18 yard box, which was fired straight into the arms of Nick Hamann by Bradley Johnson early on. At the other end, Chez isaac's free kick was deflected over for a corner, which he delivered near post to the head of Alan Massey. A stooping Massey could not test the keeper, turning the ball over for a goal kick. The next Norwich attack was to lead to the opener, as Hoolahan was played in from the right just in front of goal. Looking like he was going to shoot, Hoolahan coolly found Andrew Surman to his left unchallenged, who had enough time to open his body and slot the ball into Hamann's bottom left corner. Sean Marks came close to equalising just two minutes later for the Iron, receiving a ball deep inside the Canaries' half. Marks beat the keeper with his right footed effort, but could not beat the post as his shot bounced off the woodwork and out to safety. On the 26th minute Kyle Lafferty extended the lead for the away side with a fine free-kick from 25yards out. Lafferty curled the ball around the Iron wall, sending Hamann scrambling across goal, but unable to meet the shot which found the side netting. Some great build up play from Norwich led to a cross in from the right by Elliott Bennett. A towering Kyle Lafferty directed his header from inside the Iron box onto the crossbar, leaving the trailing by just the two goals going into the second half.
With mass changes at half time from Canaries manager Neil Adams, second half introduction Ricky Van Wolfswinkel needed just one touch to open his account, passing the ball into an empty net with Hamann committed out of his box from the off. Nathan Redmond added another ten minutes later with a thunderous strike from outside the Iron box. Just past the hour mark, Norwich added a fifth through Bradley Johnson after making another two substitutions. Norwich's fresh legs began to run away with the tie, with the home side introducing only Jordan Cox and Michael Bakare until this point. Jordan Cox was played through from the left hand side, and looked likely to open the scoring for the Iron but appeared to be held back by the covering Norwich defender. However, the referee waved away appeals to leave the home side searching again with Norwich introducing an eleventh change minutes later. But the Iron wasn't to search for their opener for too much longer when Sean Marks found the net with a header. An Isaac free-kick delivery across goal was headed back to Marks, who glanced across goal to guide the ball past Dunn to the delight of the home support. Norwich added a sixth minutes from the end, with the Iron now a much changed side also as Devonshire took the opportunity to take a look at what was on offer for the season ahead. Josh Murphy whipped in a ball from the left, reaching Van Wolfswinkel at the back post who added a tap in to his tally for the night. A decent game by both sides pleased the 833 turnout at Cressing Road, with the strong Norfolk following taking a 6-1 win on the night.
Braintree Town: Hamann, Case, Habergham, Isaac, Paine, Massey, Mulley, Davis, Marks, Walker, Hawkins
Norwich City: Ruddy, Johnson, Martin, Turner, Howson, Lafferty, Hooper, Hoolahan, Bennett, Olsson, Surman
Norwich City second half: Dunn, Whittaker, Bennett, Turner, Garrido, Redmond, Howson, Johnson, Murphy, Van Wolfswinkel, Grabban.
Match report by Chris Pargin.

First home friendly on Tuesday evening
Braintree Town continue their pre-season build up with the visit of Norwich City to Cressing Road on Tuesday evening, 15th July. We understand that the Carrow Road club will be sending the first team squad over for the game and kick-off is 7.45pm. Admission prices for the game, which is pay at the turnstiles on the night, are as follows: £10 for adults, £7 for OAPs and those still in full time education, £5 for under 16s and £3 for under 11s.

Braintree hit eleven in three hours
Braintree Town got their pre-season campaign underway with eleven goals on Saturday, four in the 11.30am kick-off at Stanway Rovers, followed by seven at Long Melford in the afternoon game. Jordan Cox and Michael Bakare scored two each in the morning game, while Dan Sparkes scored a six minute second-half hat-trick at Long Melford. The other goals coming from Sean Marks (two), a Chez Isaac penalty and a late seventh from Ronnie Hawkins.

Stanway and Long Melford away on Saturday
With pre-season training going well at Cressing Road, the Iron squad turn their attentions to the first of the pre-season friendlies this coming Saturday. The Braintree Town players, together with selected trialists, will play two games - the first at Thurlow Nunn Leaguers Stanway Rovers, kick-off: 11.30am, the second at Thurlow Nunn Leaguers Long Melford, kick-off: 3pm. For those travelling to these grounds for the first time, addresses are as follows:

Stanway Rovers FC, The Hawthorns, New Farm Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 0PG.
Long Melford FC, Stoneylands, New Road, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9JY.

Braintree Town's full pre-season schedule is as follows:
Saturday 12 July - away v Stanway Rovers, kick-off: 11.30am, away v Long Melford, kick-off 3pm.
Tuesday 15 July - home v Norwich City, kick-off 7.45pm.
Saturday 19 July - home v Southend United, kick-off: 1pm
Tuesday 22 July - away v Peterborough Northern Star, kick-off: 7.45pm
Wednesday 23 July - away v Chelmsford City, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 26 July - home v Cambridge United, kick-off: 3pm
Monday 28 July - away v Kingstonian, kick-off: 7.45pm
Tuesday 29 July - home v West Ham United XI, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 2 August - away v Wealdstone, kick-off: 3pm

New kit available online
Braintree Town can confirm that current shirt sponsors Miles Smith Insurance Group have extended their longstanding support of the Iron for further season. The Club plan to hold an official kit launch and media day soon, details to be announced when the squad has been finalised. The new home shirt which has received a favourable reaction, again supplied by Errea has a white collar with a subtle change to the sponsors logo and the shorts will be the same blue with an orange flash. The popular away kit will be similar to last year though slight changes to the shirt with a silver trim and orange print and the shorts will be white. In the meantime you can be one of the first Iron fans to wear the new shirts. Just click on the club website and place your order on line.

Away start again - as Braintree head North
Iron start their fourth Football Conference Premier Division campaign with an away trip at Macclesfield Town on the opening day of the season - Saturday, 9th August. The 2014/15 fixtures then continue with two matches at Cressing Road against Dover Athletic on Tuesday, 12th August and Chester on Saturday 16th August. Bank holiday fixtures see Iron entertain Nuneaton Town on August Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, with the return at Nuneaton on Easter Monday, 6th April. Christmas and New Year fixtures have seen Iron paired with Dartford, with Braintree visiting Princes Park on Boxing Day, followed by the return at Cressing Road on New Year's Day. Both games either side of another home game against Eastleigh on Christmas Sunday, 28th December and the holiday games are followed by a trip to Chester on Sunday, 4th January. Former Football League sides Bristol Rovers and Torquay United visit Cressing Road on Saturday, 6th September and Saturday, 20th December respectively. Iron finish the season at home to Conference North Promotion Final winners Altrincham. As in previous years, Braintree don't start their FA Cup involvement until the fourth and final qualifying round on Saturday 25th October and enter the FA Trophy at the First Round stage on Saturday, 13th December. The opening day fixtures are as follows:

Sad day for football - as Witham Chairman passes away
All at Braintree Town Football Club would like to add their condolences to the family and friends of Witham Town FC Chairman Tony Last who passed away last night. Tony was a popular figure at Cressing Road, assisting the Club for many years before taking over at Spa Road, where he guided Witham to promotion from both the Essex Senior League and Ryman League Division One (North).

Charlie looking to continue - that explosive start to his Iron career
Braintree Town have re-signed 25-year old striker Charlie Strutton. Charlie is well known to the Iron fans having scored six goals in just seven goals while on loan from AFC Wimbledon during September and October last season. He started his career at Chalfont St. Peter before joining AFC Wimbledon in March 2012. After his loan spell with Braintree, Charlie had another loan spell at Aldershot Town, but suffered a broken leg in his first match last November. Since then Charlie has been recovering from his injury, but left AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season.

Iron to visit Melbourne Park - on 23 July
Braintree Town have now confirmed arrangements to visit neighbours Chelmsford City for a friendly match on Wednesday 23rd July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. The Melbourne Park club have advised us that entrance prices for the match will be as follows: adults - £10; OAPs, students and 12 to 18 - £5 and under 12 - free.
Braintree Town's pre-season schedule is as follows:
Saturday 12 July - away v Stanway Rovers, kick-off: 11.30am, away v Long Melford, kick-off 3pm.
Tuesday 15 July - home v Norwich City, kick-off 7.45pm.
Saturday 19 July - home v Southend United, kick-off: 1pm
Tuesday 22 July - away v Peterborough Northern Star, kick-off: 7.45pm
Wednesday 23 July - away v Chelmsford City, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 26 July - home v Cambridge United, kick-off: 3pm
Monday 28 July - away v Kingstonian, kick-off: 7.45pm
Tuesday 29 July - home v West Ham United XI, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 2 August - away v Wealdstone, kick-off: 3pm

Conference office announce - distribution next week
The Football Conference have announced that the fixtures for 2014/15 will be available from 3pm on Friday 4 July. Though originally scheduled for Monday 7 July, this change of release date will allow five full weeks for fans to take advantage of special travel offers. Caution is advised though in respect of Premier Division fixtures, as BT Sport will as soon as practicable, be selecting their first pick of LIVE matches as part of up to 30 Football Conference Premier Division fixtures to be screened by our broadcast partner during 2014/15

Iron add two more - away pre-season trips
Iron have added two more pre-season friendlies to their schedule. Braintree have provisionally agreed to play an away friendly on Wednesday 23rd July, with the game still to be confirmed. However, the Club have confirmed that they will send a side to visit Ryman League side Kingstonian on Monday, 28th July. More news when we have it!
Braintree Town's pre-season schedule is as follows:
Saturday 12 July - away v Stanway Rovers, kick-off: 11.30am, away v Long Melford, kick-off 3pm.
Tuesday 15 July - home v Norwich City, kick-off 7.45pm.
Saturday 19 July - home v Southend United, kick-off: 1pm
Tuesday 22 July - away v Peterborough Northern Star, kick-off: 7.45pm
Wednesday 23 July - away v TBC, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 26 July - home v Cambridge United, kick-off: 3pm
Monday 28 July - away v Kingstonian, kick-off: 7.45pm
Tuesday 29 July - home v West Ham United XI, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 2 August - away v Wealdstone, kick-off: 3pm

Sparkes and Walker - sign contracts at the Club
Braintree Town Manager Alan Devonshire has added two more players to his squad for the forthcoming 2014/2015 season. Both Dan Sparkes and Dan Walker signed contracts at the Club last (Thursday) night. Dan Sparkes is 22 and has spent two years at Cressing Road following his move in the summer of 2012 from Histon. He has already made eighty appearances for The Iron and scored three goals last season. Dan Walker is 24 and rejoins the Club after spending last season with Hereford United. Equally at home in a midfield role or up front, Dan previously spent a spell on loan at the Club in February 2013, when he made four appearances.

Iron agree to transfer request - deal good for the Club
Braintree Town have agreed to a transfer request submitted by defender Dean Wells who will today join League Two side Stevenage for an initial fee of £25,000, that could rise with subsequent payments for appearances, promotion and a sell-on clause. Over the past three years Dean has been an influential part of the Club's consolidation in the top tier of non-League football, playing 120 games and scoring seven goals.
Iron Manager Alan Devonshire was sad to see him leave: "I've worked with Deano for nine years now and when he wanted to take this chance at playing in the League, we felt we couldn't stand in his way, so long as the deal was right for the Club."
Chairman Lee Harding agreed: "Dean has been a great asset for the Club since joining us in 2011 and is the latest player to move on from us into the full time game. Financially, the deal is a good one for our Club and will allow manager Alan Devonshire to not only replace Dean, but also strengthen in other areas."
Following the completion of the move Dean Wells said: "Thanks for the way the Club have looked after me for the last two and a half seasons. I wish you all the best in the future as Braintree is a great club with great fans. I will miss you all from the bottom of my heart."

Sam & Nathan back - but Dan and Dan are free agents
The Club can confirm that Sam Habergham has agreed to extend his contract next season and goalkeeper Nathan McDonald has indicated that he will be returning to Cressing Road for 2014/2015. Neither Dan Holman or Dan Sparkes have accepted the Club's offer of re-engagement and are now free agents to sign for other clubs. With the additional funds available from the Dean Wells transfer, Manager Alan Devonshire is already reviewing and planning additions to his squad over the coming weeks as pre-season training and the friendlies get underway. More news when we have it!

Discount prices to see - Iron take on the pro clubs at home
Reduced admission prices have been agreed for the four pre-season friendlies scheduled for July. The games against Norwich City, Southend United, Cambridge United and a West Ham United XI will cost just £10 for adults, £7 for OAPs and those still in full time education, £5 for under 16s and £3 for under 11s. All games will be 'pay on the day' and supporters will be able to either sit in the main stand or stand anywhere in the ground.

See the World Cup game v Uruguay - on the Clubhouse big screens
You'll be able to watch England's make or break World Cup match against Uruguay live on the big screens in the Clubhouse at Cressing Road this coming Thursday evening. The bar opens at 7pm and the game kicks off at 8pm. All are welcome and there's happy hour prices of £2.50 for Fosters, Carlsberg and Greene King IPA, or just £2 a pint for Social Club members!

Canaries first team squad - to face Iron in July
Braintree Town have completed arrangements for their pre-season matches with a match at Cressing Road against Norwich City's first team on Tuesday, 15th July, with kick-off-off at 7.45pm. Neil Adams' team visit Braintree before flying out to Turin to take on Serie A outfit Sampdoria!

See the World Cup opener - and buy your Iron season ticket
You'll be able to watch the World Cup opening ceremony on the big screens in the Iron clubhouse tonight, followed by the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, which kicks off at 9pm. You can also use the opportunity to purchase your season ticket for the forthcoming Conference Premier Division campaign. An Iron season ticket offers tremendous value with the ticket providing for 23 matches for the cost of just 16 - a discount of over 30%!

Your chance to grab a 30% discount - to see The Iron throughout 2014/2015
Season tickets for the forthcoming Conference Premier Division campaign continue to sell well and the deadline for the discounted prices is this coming Saturday. An Iron season ticket offers tremendous value with the ticket providing for 23 matches for the cost of just 16 - a discount of over 30%! The Clubhouse will be open for season ticket sales this coming Thursday (12th June) evening between 7.30pm and 9pm and again on Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm through to 6pm.

See the Brazil game live Thursday - plus England v Italy Saturday
The Iron clubhouse will be open for many of the World Cup matches including this coming Thursday evening's opening match between hosts Brazil and Croatia, with kick-off on the large screens at 9pm. We will also be show both Group D games on Saturday evening, starting with Uruguay v Costa Rica at 8pm and England's opening game against Italy at 11pm. The clubhouse will be open for the duration of the games and hot food will be on sale from behind the bar!

Southend United to visit - for Saturday 1pm kick-off
Braintree Town have confirmed their third home pre-season friendly match. Iron will entertain League Two side Southend United on Saturday 19th July, with kick-off at 1pm. The Club are still awaiting confirmation of arrangements for the game scheduled for Tuesday, 15th July.
Braintree Town's pre-season schedule is as follows:
Saturday 12 July - away v Stanway Rovers, kick-off: 11.30am, away v Long Melford, kick-off 3pm.
Tuesday 15 July - home v TBC, kick-off 7.30pm.
Saturday 19 July - home v Southend United, kick-off: 1pm
Tuesday 22 July - away v Peterborough Northern Star, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 26 July - home v Cambridge United, kick-off: 3pm
Tuesday 29 July - home v West Ham United XI, kick-off: 7.45pm
Saturday 2 August - away v Wealdstone, kick-off: 3pm

West Ham date switched - but four League sides to visit
Iron continue to make progress with their pre-season schedule. Please note that the game at home to a West Ham United XI, originally scheduled for Saturday, 19th July, has now been re-arranged. This match will now take place on the following Tuesday week, 29 July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. The Braintree players and trialists will start their pre-season matches with a Saturday double-header on July 12. The Iron squad will visit Thurlow-Nunn League Premier Division side Stanway Rovers for an 11.30am kick-off and follow this with a 3pm kick-off at Thurlow-Nunn League Division One side Long Melford. Arrangements for the games on both Tuesday 15th and Saturday 19th July, both at home to Football League opposition, are still to be confirmed. Alan Devonshire will then send an XI to visit United Counties Premier League side Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday 22 July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Iron return to Cressing Road on Saturday 26 July for the visit of Cambridge United, just promoted back to the Football League, followed by West Ham United on Tuesday 29 July. Braintree complete their pre-season schedule at Conference South side Wealdstone on Saturday 2 August. The Football Conference Premier Division campaign gets underway on Saturday 9 August.

Matchday prices increase by a pound - but season ticket prices are held!
Braintree Town have agreed their ground and seating prices for the forthcoming 2014/2015 season. While there will be a £1 increase in admission prices for matchday tickets - the first increase in three years at Cressing Road - prices for season tickets purchased on or before Saturday 14 June have been frozen for a fourth successive season! The other good news is that, with the continued backing of the GMB Union, season tickets for all those under 16 will continue to be free of charge!
Chairman Lee Harding said: "We've had to increase our matchday prices to ensure we remain competitive in the Conference. But we do realise the importance of the support we receive from our season ticket holders. So, for those that support the Club by taking advantage of the early purchase option, we have decided to keep these prices at the same levels as last season. The past three seasons have seen top half finishes of 12th, 9th and 6th and we pride ourselves on offering value for money. Alan Devonshire's side continues to consolidate and compete at this level. Supporters play a vital role in our progress and by offering discounted season tickets at the same price for a fourth successive season, together with free tickets for all those under 16, we try to reward those who back the Club through thick and thin."

Contracts extended - and new deals offered
Iron Manager Alan Devonshire has started work on moulding his squad for season 2014/2015. All of this season's successful squad have been invited back for pre-season at the end of June. Seven players have had their contracts at Cressing Road extended. Dean Wells, Alan Massey, Jordan Cox, Sean Marks, Chez Isaac, Kenny Davis and Nick Hamann have all signed new contracts. Six more have been offered new deals for next season: Nathan McDonald, Sam Habergham, Dan Holman, Dan Sparkes, Ryan Peters and Matt Paine. Alan Devonshire admitted to being inundated by requests from players who want to join the Club and we'll announce news on new signings as they're completed!

Iron welcome The Hammers - in July
Braintree Town have confirmed their first pre-season friendly for the forthcoming 2014/2015 season. The Iron will welcome a West Ham United XI to Cressing Road on Saturday 19th July, with kick-off at 3pm. Braintree Town have also agreed to send sides to both Stanway Rovers and Long Melford on dates to be agreed - more news when we have it.

Fired-up Concord Rangers - simply wanted it more
Though the scene was set for Braintree to add some silverware to a successful season, the opportunity passed Iron by when they went down by two goals to one in the Essex Senior Cup final. An impressive team goal finished by Sam Collins was capped off with a cool strike from James White for Concord Rangers, sending Braintree back up the A12 empty handed in their last competitive game of the campaign, with James Mulley adding a consolation in injury time. Braintree showed their intent from kick off, striking the woodwork in the opening minutes with some nice play down the left hand side. Marks and Holman linked up well, switching the play to James Mulley in an advanced position just outside the box. It was an opportunity possibly too early for James Mulley, who scuffed his shot across goal and onto the opposing post. Down the other end, Gary Ogilvie picked up the ball from a throw on the left wing for Concord Rangers, running at Ryan Peters and cutting in at the by-line. Penalty appeals on mass from the men in blue with Ogilvie going to ground in the area were waved away and the ball collected by Hamann. However, Concord made the next chance count and opened the scoring through Sam Collins on 17 minutes. Gary Ogilvie was to thank for a fantastic ball across field from the Rangers left hand side, floating into space for Collins to attack. Latching onto the cross and in plenty of space, Collins struck across goal, finishing well past Nick Hamann to put the Conference South side ahead at Victoria Road. Jamiee Butler did well on the stroke of half time to retain the hard fought lead, reacting well with a double save to force Devonshire's men to face a tough team talk as Barry Holderness blew the whistle. Ten minutes after the break, the Beach boys were screaming for a penalty again when Matt Paine stuck out a leg on the edge of the area. But with the referee ignoring the calls for the second time, Braintree broke down the left, providing Jordan Cox with possession inside the opposition box. Cox looped a ball into the middle of the box, which was met by James Mulley who nodded over. Davis went into the book on the 65th minute for a stamp on the grounded Toby Stokes, leading to a dangerous looking free kick from 25 yards out. It was Collins who struck, demanding the most from the outstretched Nick Hamann who prevented a wonder goal from the scorer of the first. However, Hamann could parry only as far as James White, who put the ball in the back of the net to double the lead for Concord Rangers. With fifteen minutes to go, Bradley Quinton delivered from a corner into a mass of shirts, who watched helplessly as the ball trickled past the post for another corner which was put clear. Iron could not create in the game as they had all season in the league, but added a consolation through James Mulley moments before the referee's whistle. A corner in by Bradley Quinton fell to Mulley, who this time headed home, but it was far too late for a comeback with the referee blowing the signalling an end to the tie from the restart. Braintree Town: Hamann, Peters, Habergham, Isaac, Paine (Daley), Davis, Marks (Cox), Holman, Sparkes (Quinton), Massey, Mulley. Unused Subs: McDonald, Wells. Concord Rangers: Butler, Gordon, Glozier, Cawley (Lampe), King, Goodacre, Cawley, White, Ogilvie (Easterford), Collins, Stokes. Unused Subs: Alzapiedi Taaffe, Amole. Referee: Barry Holderness. Assistants: Wade Norcott and Thomas Ramsey. Fourth Official: Stuart Cheek. Attendance: 448. Match report by Chris Pargin.

Draw with Grimsby - secures Iron's highest ever finish
Braintree Town completed their Skrill Premier Division season with a goal-less draw against Grimsby Town at the Amlin Stadium to finish the season in a creditable final sixth position. Iron had the better of the exchanges early on and a Dan Sparkes free-kick just missed the target in the opening two minutes. Grimsby's Andi Thanoj saw his effort miss the target after twelve minutes, but it was the home side that were enjoying the better chances, with Sean Marks header dipping over the bar from a Sparkes cross five minutes later. Before the break both an Alan Massey header and another Sparkes shot tested the visitors, but they survived to turn around goal-less. The second half saw the Mariners come more into the game with both Alex Rodman and Craig Disley have efforts well saved by Iron keeper Nick Hamann. Another Sparkes shot saw Iron respond on 52 minutes as the game started to open up. Iron pushed players forward in search of the goal they needed, but that also left gaps at the back. Grimsby's Oumare Tounkara saw his header miss the target on the hour. Iron continued to pressurise the visitors. On 68 minutes Dean Wells saw his header from Chez Isaac cross well saved, while James Mulley's effort dipped over two minutes later. On 73 minutes Isaac tried his luck from outside the box, but failed to hit the target. Late on substitute Jordan Cox saw his shot zip just widen 84 minutes and skipper Kenny Davis shot over two minutes later. Both Marks and Davis had chances in a final flurry for Iron, but the Grimsby defence held on to secure a point. After the game, Dean Wells was rewarded for another fine season with the Supporters Player of the Year award and Iron can now look forward to their Essex Cup Final at Dagenham this coming Tuesday evening.


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