Braintree share the spoils with Havant & Waterlooville

Braintree Town v Havant & Waterlooville – Vanarama National League South – Dunmow Group Stadium – Report

Braintree Town 1-1 Havant & Waterlooville

In a fiery contest at the Dunmow Group Stadium, Braintree Town were held at home by ten-man Havant & Waterlooville after Hawks centre forward James Prior was sent off after just nineteen minutes following a kick out at Braintree captain John White.

It was an incident that changed the game, with Havant having to rethink their game plan totally.

Braintree found it difficult to break down the packed defence employed by the visitors thereafter and it was pretty much against the run of play that James Roberts gave the Hawks the lead just after the half-hour mark with a superb curling shot into the top right-hand corner past Jack Sims.

After the break, Braintree continued to press forward and Ross Worner saved from Willie Clemons after Levi Amantchi had a very good shout for a penalty turned down by Referee Harry Wager.

Just before the hour mark, the impressive Roberts beat White for pace before putting the ball narrowly wide with only Sims to beat.

A great strike from substitute Aaron Blair was ruled out for offside much to the disappointment of the home crowd but just a few minutes later there was finally joy for Braintree as the impressive Amantchi crashed in their equaliser via the underside of the bar following Kyron Farrell’s cross in the 76th minute.

A goal-line scramble just before the end saw Chris Regis’s shot kicked off the line as The Iron were forced to settle for their first point
of the season as the game finished all square.

Braintree Town: Sims, Altintop, Farrell, Muscatt, White (Capt) Clements, Clemons (Regis 71′) Payne, Amantchi, Matthews, Fowkes (Blair 58′) Subs not used: Ikebuasi, Bessadi, Armin

Havant & Waterlooville: Worner, Newton, Oastler (Capt) Nembhard, McCarthy, Rooney, Prior, Clifford (Wright 33′) Critchlow (Faal 75′) Read (Pashley 46′) Roberts Subs not used: Gobern, Andrews

Referee: Harry Wager
Assistants: Christopher Hastings and Mark Chalkley

Attendance: 511