Both sides were reduced to 10 men as Braintree secured a narrow one-goal victory at Ebbsfleet.

The visitors had chances in the first half through Josh Dawkin and Sean Marks and, at the other end, Tom Phipp's 25-yard shot hit the post.

Ebbsfleet's Patrick Ada saw red for a professional foul on Marks and the visitors took the lead through Kenny Davis's curler from 25 yards.

Marks was then sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

Devonshire win was 'comfortable'

"I thought we played well. We knew what was going to be thrown at us, I picked a team to do that, hold us into it and hopefully win the game later.

"I thought we were quite comfortable and should have won a bit more easily. We've hit the post a few times and Danny (Naisbitt) has only made a couple of saves the whole game.

"The whole of the back four did well, the midfield as well. We defended well as a group, which we set out to do."

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (4)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 03 Blake Booked
  • 04 Ada Dismissed
  • 06 Lorraine
  • 07 Enver-Marum Booked
  • 11 Phipp
  • 14 Howe
  • 15 Barrett
  • 16 Bellamy (Greenhalgh - 74' )
  • 09 Elder (Walsh - 53' )
  • 10 Ashikodi Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 McNeil
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 20 Forkes
  • 05 Walsh
  • 19 Williams

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis Booked
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells
  • 07 Symons Booked (Quinton - 66' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 17 Mulley
  • 09 Marks Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 10 Dawkin (Sheppard - 67' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 06 Quinton
  • 02 Peters
  • 14 Sheppard
Ref: Breakspear
Att: 857

Match Stats

Shots

7 16

On target

3 6

Corners

1 4

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:20

The referee blows for offside. Preston Edwards takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:25

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

90:00 +1:41

Free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

90:00 +1:41 Booking

Booking The referee shows Kaine Sheppard a yellow card.

90:00 +1:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Sean Marks is shown a red card for second bookable offence.

90:00 +0:18

Foul by Sean Marks on Paul Lorraine, free kick awarded.

89:24

Header from deep inside the area by Sean Marks goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

87:30

Kaine Sheppard has a drilled shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

87:04

Ben Greenhalgh challenges James Mulley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Quinton takes the direct free kick.

86:38

Phil Walsh has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

86:04

Unfair challenge on Liam Enveer-Marum by Dean Wells results in a free kick. Ben Greenhalgh delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Adam Bailey-Dennis makes a clearance.

85:34

Long range effort by Brad Quinton goes wide right of the target.

85:09

Daniel Sparkes has an effort at goal from deep inside the box hitting the post.

82:24 Booking

Booking Ryan Blake goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

82:13

Ryan Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Paine. Free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

80:42

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Greenhalgh, Matthew Paine manages to make a clearance.

79:26

Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Sparkes.

78:47

Effort from inside the penalty area by Daniel Sparkes hits the post.

78:00

Brad Quinton takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

77:47

Unfair challenge on Paul Lorraine by Sean Marks results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

76:53

Foul by Liam Enveer-Marum on Adam Bailey-Dennis, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Ben Greenhalgh coming on for Liam Bellamy.

69:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Kenny Davis - Ebbsfleet 0 - 1 Braintree Goal scored by Kenny Davis from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Braintree Town.

67:37

Moses Ashikodi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

65:07

Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

65:07 Substitution

Substitution Josh Dawkin goes off and Kaine Sheppard comes on.

65:07 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Symons goes off and Brad Quinton comes on.

65:07 Booking

Booking Moses Ashikodi is booked.

64:46

Dean Wells fouled by Moses Ashikodi, the ref awards a free kick.

62:37

James Mulley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

61:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moses Ashikodi by Adam Bailey-Dennis. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Enveer-Marum from right wing, Dean Wells gets a block in.

58:35

Unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Moses Ashikodi results in a free kick. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

52:59 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Phil Walsh coming on for Nathan Elder.

51:30

Daniel Sparkes produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

51:30 Booking

Booking Liam Enveer-Marum receives a yellow card.

50:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Patrick Ada dismissed for professional foul.

50:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Patrick Ada.

49:05

James Mulley challenges Liam Bellamy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Enveer-Marum delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Sean Marks makes a clearance.

48:38

The referee blows for offside. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

47:02

Effort on goal by Neil Barrett from 25 yards. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

46:22

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line to the near post.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:53 Booking

Booking Sean Marks receives a caution for dissent.

43:54

The ball is sent over by Liam Enveer-Marum, Liam Bellamy has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

43:54 Booking

Booking Nicky Symons receives a yellow card.

43:45

Nicky Symons concedes a free kick for a foul on Moses Ashikodi.

42:37

Foul by Daniel Sparkes on Joe Howe, free kick awarded. Preston Edwards takes the direct free kick.

42:05

Tom Phipp produces a drilled right-footed shot from outside the box and hits the post.

41:16

James Mulley decides to take the corner short.

38:12

Paul Lorraine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Strike on goal comes in from Kenny Davis from the free kick.

36:02

Foul by Tom Phipp on Sam Habergham, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

35:14

Daniel Sparkes produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

34:13

Paul Lorraine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Dawkin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, save by Preston Edwards.

32:27

The official flags Moses Ashikodi offside. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

31:45

Foul by Liam Enveer-Marum on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

31:02

Centre by Liam Enveer-Marum, save by Danny Naisbitt.

28:14

Joe Howe takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

27:45

Foul by Sam Habergham on Tom Phipp, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Joe Howe, Adam Bailey-Dennis makes a clearance.

27:23

Effort on goal by Moses Ashikodi from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

26:40

The ball is delivered by Liam Enveer-Marum.

24:15

Tom Phipp concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Habergham. Adam Bailey-Dennis delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, Ryan Blake makes a clearance.

22:49

Liam Bellamy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

22:49 Booking

Booking Adam Bailey-Dennis goes into the book.

22:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moses Ashikodi by Adam Bailey-Dennis.

21:48

Sean Marks has an effort at goal. Blocked by Paul Lorraine.

20:55

Liam Bellamy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Symons. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

18:20

Foul by Moses Ashikodi on Adam Bailey-Dennis, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

17:36

Liam Bellamy crosses the ball.

16:52

Nathan Elder fouled by Dean Wells, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Ada restarts play with the free kick.

16:05

Shot from just outside the box by James Mulley goes over the crossbar.

15:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Moses Ashikodi on Kenny Davis. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

14:29

Adam Bailey-Dennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Phipp. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Phipp, Dean Wells manages to make a clearance.

13:57

Centre by Daniel Sparkes.

13:15

Nathan Elder takes a shot. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

12:27

A cross is delivered by Josh Dawkin.

10:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moses Ashikodi by Kenny Davis. Free kick taken by Patrick Ada.

9:24

Headed effort from inside the box by Sean Marks misses to the right of the target.

8:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Dawkin by Ryan Blake. Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ryan Blake manages to make a clearance.

5:53

Tom Phipp gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from James Mulley, blocked by Liam Enveer-Marum.

4:27

Josh Dawkin takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Lorraine. Corner taken right-footed by Josh Dawkin. Unfair challenge on Patrick Ada by Sean Marks results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

2:16

The ball is sent over by Liam Enveer-Marum.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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