Braintree Town 3, Alfreton Town 1
IRON eased into the Skrill Premier Division play-off places with a thoroughly deserved victory over a physical Town at the Amlin Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The two sides cancelled each other out for an hour before Chez Isaac unlocked the visitors defence with a deft chip that released Charlie Strutton on the left.
The AFC Wimbledon loanee broke free of the Alfreton defence before sliding his inch-perfect shot past visiting keeper Ross Atkins, but just inside the far right upright. Iron continued to take the game to the visitors and added two goals in three minutes late on.
After 83 minutes James Mulley found space on the left. His turn of pace saw him break free of his marker before lifting a fine cross for the unmarked Strutton. Charlie’s overhead kick came back off the far left upright but only as far as the unmarked Sean Marks – who gleefully nodded home into an empty net.
Three minutes later and it was 3-0. Another telling Isaac through ball was nodded back by Marks for Mulley. Jamie’s snap-shot was only parried by Atkins and substitute Dan Sparkes followed up to stab the ball home from inside the six yard box. The only disappointment was a late consolation for the Derbyshire side when Bradley Wood converted in the last minute from the tightest of angles on the right.
After the game Iron boss Alan Devonshire was pleased, saying: “You know what you get when you play Alfreton. We worked hard and then our football won us the game in the last half an hour. Three wins in eight days is great and I’m really proud of the lads.”