Sean Marks's first goal in six games helped Braintree see off nine-man Kettering Town.

Ben Wright gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot after Sol Davis handled inside the area.

Jerel Ifil was sent off for dissent before Marks doubled Braintree's lead by heading Jai Reason's cross home.

The visitors responded when Djoumin Sangare fired in a low drive before substitute Patrick Noubissie was sent off for a second booking late on.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We've gone down to nine men in the end. It seems the same old story. We are about to talk about a referee which seems to be the same week in week out.

"The refereeing at this level - I don't know if it is getting worse or not but it's the same again. These are excuses to be made and it sounds like a broken record but it was there for everyone to see.

"We'll dust ourselves down and get ourselves up for next week which is going to be tough now because we have got two players suspended.

"We only had four on the bench today so that's going to go down to two."

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90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:03

Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) on Aman Verma (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

90:00 +1:27

Shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

90:00 +0:39

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

89:31

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

89:04

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

88:08

Foul by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) on Kenny Davis (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

87:18

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from own half, resulting in open play.

85:45

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jai Reason (Braintree Town) to near post, shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

85:33

Cross by Brendan Kiernan (Braintree Town), blocked by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

84:42

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) to far post, clearance by Nathan Ralph (Kettering).

84:33

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

83:23

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) on Djoumin Sangare (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

83:02

Shot by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.

81:58

Shot by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) left-footed from left channel (12 yards), save (caught) by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

81:21

Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

80:54 Booking

Booking Brendan Kiernan (Braintree Town) booked for unsporting behaviour.

80:24

Foul by Brendan Kiernan (Braintree Town) on Djoumin Sangare (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Braintree Town substitution: Ben Wright replaced by Brendan Kiernan (tactical).

78:53

Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

78:53 Dismissal

Dismissal Patrick Noubissie (Kettering) dismissed for second bookable offence.

78:20

Patrick Noubissie concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Paine.

77:40

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) on Patrick Noubissie (Kettering). Free kick taken left-footed by Sol Davis (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

77:08

Defending throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

76:26

Foul by Aman Verma (Kettering) on Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

76:05

Ben Wright (Braintree Town) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from own half, resulting in open play.

75:19

Foul by Danny Mills (Kettering) on Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

74:52

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) to far post, resulting in open play.

73:45

Foul by Sol Davis (Kettering) on Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) from right channel, shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), fantastic save (tipped over) by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

73:06

Cross by Lewis Hornby (Kettering), clearance by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

72:55

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

72:09

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) to near post, clearance by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

71:26

Foul by Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town) on Aman Verma (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

70:51

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

70:11

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

69:18

Shot by David Bridges (Kettering) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

68:58

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) to near post, clearance by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

68:39

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) to near post, clearance by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

68:27

Cross by Danny Mills (Kettering), clearance by Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town).

67:59

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

66:36

Free kick taken right-footed by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) from left channel (30 yards), missed right.

66:36 Booking

Booking Patrick Noubissie (Kettering) booked for unsporting behaviour.

66:21

Foul by Patrick Noubissie (Kettering) on Brad Quinton (Braintree Town).

65:48

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

65:25

Cross by Ben Wright (Braintree Town), header by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

64:58

Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

63:38

Shot by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

63:21

Foul by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) on Jai Reason (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Jai Reason (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

62:47

Foul by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) on Dean Wells (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

62:22

Defending throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

61:48

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

60:54

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) on Danny Mills (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

60:27

Attacking throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

60:17

Cross by Jai Reason (Braintree Town), clearance by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

59:01

Assist (cross) by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from right channel.

59:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Djoumin Sangare - Braintree 2 - 1 Kettering goal by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Braintree Town 2-1 Kettering.

58:31

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) on Phil Ifil (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from right channel,

58:12

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

57:38

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

57:21

Shot by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

56:13

Foul by Sol Davis (Kettering) on Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town). Free kick crossed right-footed by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

56:01

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

55:11

Header by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

54:09

Foul by Sol Davis (Kettering) on Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town). Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

52:50

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

52:07

Shot by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) right-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by David Bridges (Kettering). Sean Marks (Braintree Town) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from own half, resulting in open play.

51:36

Cross by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town), shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

50:27

Defending throw-in by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

49:26

Goal kick taken long by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

47:29

Shot by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Lewis Hornby (Kettering). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) to centre, shot by Jai Reason (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), missed right. Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

46:51

Foul by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering) on Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

46:25

Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Sol Davis (Kettering) from own half, resulting in open play.

46:02

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

45:36

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) on Danny Mills (Kettering). Free kick taken left-footed by Sol Davis (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

45:18

Goal kick taken long by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:16 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:14

Assist (cross) by Jai Reason (Braintree Town) from left channel.

45:00 +3:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Braintree 2 - 0 Kettering Headed goal by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) (top-left of goal) from left channel (12 yards).Braintree Town 2-0 Kettering.

45:00 +3:03

Cross by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town), resulting in open play.

45:00 +2:33

Foul by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town) on Lewis Hornby (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Sol Davis (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

45:00 +2:05

Header by Nathan Ralph (Kettering) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

45:00 +1:48

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

45:00 +1:36

Cross by Sol Davis (Kettering), clearance by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

45:00 +1:11

Attacking throw-in by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

45:00 +0:53

Defending throw-in by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

44:29

Attacking throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

43:44

Shot by Danny Mills (Kettering) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

43:06

Cross by Danny Mills (Kettering), save (caught) by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

42:35

Handball by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town). Free kick crossed right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) from right channel, clearance by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town).

41:35 Substitution

Substitution Kettering substitution: Marcus Kelly replaced by Patrick Noubissie (tactical).

41:29

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

40:26

Defending throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

38:05

Shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), blocked by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

37:38

Shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), save (caught) by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

37:09

Defending throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

36:46

Attacking throw-in by Jai Reason (Braintree Town).

36:28

Defending throw-in by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

35:28

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

34:47

Shot by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.

34:18

Attacking throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

33:51

Defending throw-in by Phil Ifil (Kettering).

33:08

Aman Verma (Kettering) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from own half, resulting in open play.

32:48

Foul by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) on Danny Mills (Kettering). Free kick taken left-footed by Sol Davis (Kettering) from left channel, resulting in open play.

31:26

Defending throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

30:37

Attacking throw-in by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town).

28:13

Cross by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town), foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) on Laurie Walker (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Laurie Walker (Kettering) from right channel, resulting in open play.

27:58

Cross by Brad Quinton (Braintree Town), clearance by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

26:46 Dismissal

Dismissal Jerel Ifil (Kettering) dismissed for foul and abusive language.

25:56

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) to far post, header by Dean Wells (Braintree Town) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

25:46

Cross by Ben Wright (Braintree Town), clearance by David Bridges (Kettering).

25:35

Attacking throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

24:57

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

24:21

Foul by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) on Djoumin Sangare (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by David Bridges (Kettering) from right channel, resulting in open play.

24:02

Goal kick taken long by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

23:48

Shot by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

23:17

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) on Nathan Ralph (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from right channel, resulting in open play.

22:48

Cross by Ben Wright (Braintree Town), clearance by Sol Davis (Kettering).

21:42

Foul by Phil Ifil (Kettering) on Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

21:42 Booking

Booking Phil Ifil (Kettering) booked for unsporting behaviour.

21:17

Shot by Danny Mills (Kettering) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town).

20:55

Cross by Danny Mills (Kettering), clearance by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

19:57

Handball by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Lewis Hornby (Kettering) from left channel, shot by Aman Verma (Kettering) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

19:45

Attacking throw-in by Danny Mills (Kettering).

19:37

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

18:53

Defending throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

18:09

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

18:02

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

17:40

Attacking throw-in by Jai Reason (Braintree Town).

16:32

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

14:40

Defending throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering). Defending throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering). Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town). Foul by Phil Ifil (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken left-footed by Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

14:40 Booking

Booking Laurie Walker (Kettering) booked for dissent.

14:28 Booking

Booking Sol Davis (Kettering) booked for unsporting behaviour.

14:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Wright - Braintree 1 - 0 Kettering Placed penalty taken right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Braintree Town 1-0 Kettering.

13:26

Handball by Sol Davis (Kettering).

12:48

Shot by Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right-footed from right channel (12 yards), blocked by Sol Davis (Kettering).

11:32

Foul by Jerel Ifil (Kettering) on Ben Wright (Braintree Town). Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) from right channel, resulting in open play.

10:43

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town) on Nathan Ralph (Kettering). Free kick crossed left-footed by Marcus Kelly (Kettering) from right channel, clearance by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

10:37

Attacking throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

9:58

Defending throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

8:46

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Kettering) on Sean Marks (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Jai Reason (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

8:30

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

8:09

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

8:01

Attacking throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

7:28

Goal kick taken long by Laurie Walker (Kettering).

6:49

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Kettering) on Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town). Free kick taken right-footed by Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town) from left channel, resulting in open play.

6:34

Defending throw-in by Aswad Thomas (Braintree Town).

5:42

Attacking throw-in by Djoumin Sangare (Kettering).

5:01

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Marcus Kelly (Kettering) to near post, clearance by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

4:36

Attacking throw-in by Sol Davis (Kettering).

3:47

Foul by Adam Bailey-Dennis (Braintree Town) on Aman Verma (Kettering). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Ifil (Kettering) from right channel, resulting in open play.

2:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Wright (Braintree Town) to near post, shot by Britt Assombalonga (Braintree Town) right-footed from left channel (6 yards), over the bar.

2:28

Cross by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town), clearance by Jerel Ifil (Kettering).

1:40

Attacking throw-in by Matthew Paine (Braintree Town).

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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