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Braintree Town v Aveley – Vanarama National League SouthRare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium – Report

Braintree Town 1-0 Aveley 

Tom Blackwell’s nineteenth-minute goal was enough to see promotion chasing Braintree Town through to a 1-0 win over Essex rivals Aveley at the Rare Breeds Meat Co. Stadium.

Braintree started well despite rarely testing Millers keeper Jonathan North before Blackwell nodded home a corner from debutant Maidstone United loanee Devonte Aransibia to put Iron into the lead. 

The home side pressed forward and showed great momentum following the goal, but Aveley came closest to scoring before the end of the first half when Eduino Vaz did well to set up Alex Hernandez – only for the former Concord Rangers striker to be thwarted by a fine save from Jack Sims. 

Just after the start of the second half, Braintree had a great chance to double the lead following a fast counterattack out of defence, however, Harry Gibbs did well to block Aaron Blair’s effort and quickly repel the opportunity.

With Aveley unable to sustain any real pressure throughout the remainder of the match and despite Braintree creating a couple of decent individual openings, the game wound down with no further addition to the score and although tempers flared just before the full-time whistle – resulting in an unsightly melee between both sides – Iron kept their composure to take the points and further establish their place in the play-off spots.   

Both sides are in Vanarama National League South action again next Saturday, December 23 (3pm) with Braintree travelling to the Rushmoor Stadium to play Farnborough whilst Aveley face Slough Town at Parkside. 

Braintree Town: Sims, Mason, Davies, Aransibia (Lambe 72’) Grimwood, Tompkins, Ward (Pinto 90+3’) Payne (Capt) Blair, Coulthirst, Blackwell (Georgiou 86’) Subs not used: Myhill, Scott

Aveley: North, Cochrane, Vaz, Odelusi, Jones, Gibbs (Capt) Ogunrinde, Kelly, Hughes (Kyei 68’) Hernandez (Brown 78’) Goode. Subs not used: Ring, Davis, Eze

Referee: Alan Dale

Assistants: Steven Parmenter and Fabio Roque