Dartford closed the gap on the play-off pack as goals from Tom Bonner and Jacob Erskine earned victory at Braintree.

Bonner opened the scoring after converting Ryan Hayes' free-kick from inside the box.

Braintree's Brad Quinton brought a fine save from Marcus Bettinelli with a powerful free-kick while, at the other end, Tom Champion fired against a post.

Erskine doubled the visitors' advantage when he neatly headed Hayes' cross into the top corner from 12 yards.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

We let supporters down - Devonshire

"I thought it was men against boys. We know what they're about but they did a good job on us.

"We got done with two free headers. It was bad defending - as well as we defended on Saturday, that was kids' stuff.

"Maybe a couple of the lads mugged me off, saying they were OK after Saturday's game and I think some of them were struggling.

"They weren't honest with me and that's something I'll look at big time with regard to Saturday-Tuesday games. I'll probably make changes no matter what the scoreline is on the Saturday."

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

We controlled the game, says Burman

"This is a difficult place to come, I wanted the players to make sure they were right (after the draw at Wrexham) to come here and I thought we deserved to win.

"Braintree came back at us and we were a bit fortunate not to concede a goal.

"A few of them were running on empty with the games we've had so I'm delighted."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 02 Peters (Dawkin - 46' )
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis (Paine - 46' )
  • 16 O'Connor Booked
  • 19 Wells
  • 06 Quinton
  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 17 Mulley
  • 09 Marks (Sheppard - 70' )
  • 20 Holman

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 05 Paine
  • 24 Clark
  • 10 Dawkin
  • 14 Sheppard

Dartford

  • 12 Bettinelli
  • 02 Rose
  • 04 Champion
  • 06 Bonner
  • 16 Arber
  • 08 Wallis (Crawford - 68' )
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 20 Burns
  • 07 Hayes
  • 09 Erskine (Birchall - 68' )
  • 11 Harris (Rogers - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rogers
  • 14 Noble
  • 15 Collier
  • 19 Birchall
  • 21 Crawford
Ref: Huxtable
Att: 721

Match Stats

Shots

18 4

On target

7 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:41 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:21

Kaine Sheppard takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Burns.

89:59

Centre by Josh Dawkin, clearance made by Tom Bonner.

87:52

Effort on goal by Pat O'Connor from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

86:18

James Rogers concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Wells. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

81:31

Mark Arber takes the direct free kick.

81:31 Booking

Booking Booking for Pat O'Connor.

81:26

Foul by Pat O'Connor on James Rogers, free kick awarded.

74:41

Dan Holman has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

73:15

The assistant referee signals for offside against Josh Dawkin. Marcus Bettinelli restarts play with the free kick.

72:11

Adam Birchall concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Wells. Dean Wells takes the free kick.

70:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Hayes. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

69:31 Substitution

Substitution Kaine Sheppard comes on in place of Sean Marks.

68:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Birchall by Dean Wells. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ryan Hayes from right channel, Daniel Sparkes makes a clearance.

67:02 Substitution

Substitution Jacob Erskine leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Birchall.

67:02 Substitution

Substitution Harry Crawford on for Jon Wallis.

65:50

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jon Wallis, Daniel Sparkes manages to make a clearance.

65:21

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hayes from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Naisbitt.

63:08 Substitution

Substitution James Rogers on for Danny Harris.

62:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Sean Marks goes wide of the left-hand post.

58:18

Foul by Danny Harris on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

58:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brad Quinton on Ryan Hayes. Free kick taken by Richard Rose.

57:04

Richard Rose is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

56:02

Brad Quinton takes a short corner, Shot on goal by James Mulley from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

55:44

Effort from 12 yards by Pat O'Connor. Marcus Bettinelli gets a block in.

53:33

The offside flag is raised against Jacob Erskine. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

53:06

Dan Holman takes a shot.

52:20

Sean Marks takes a shot. Comfortable save by Marcus Bettinelli.

50:02

Ryan Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Dawkin. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

45:17 Substitution

Substitution Josh Dawkin comes on in place of Ryan Peters.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Paine joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Bailey-Dennis.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:00

Ryan Hayes takes a outswinging corner.

43:52

Effort from deep inside the area by Nicky Symons misses to the right of the target.

43:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Harris. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

40:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, Dean Wells produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

40:27

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, Richard Rose makes a clearance.

39:55

Elliot Bradbrook concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Symons. Free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

35:56

Adam Bailey-Dennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Harris. Ryan Hayes crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Sean Marks manages to make a clearance.

34:47

Pat O'Connor sends in a cross, clearance made by Mark Arber.

33:15

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hayes.

33:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jacob Erskine - Braintree 0 - 2 Dartford Jacob Erskine finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Braintree Town 0-2 Dartford.

31:40

Richard Rose delivers the ball.

30:57

Tom Champion challenges Brad Quinton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Quinton.

29:51

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hayes, Tom Champion produces a right-footed shot from close in and bounces off the post.

27:04

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, clearance made by Tom Bonner.

26:44

Brad Quinton takes a shot. Mark Arber gets a block in.

25:17

The ball is crossed by Dan Holman, Lee Burns manages to make a clearance.

24:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jacob Erskine. Danny Naisbitt restarts play with the free kick.

23:34

The referee blows for offside against Jacob Erskine. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

23:14

Centre by Ryan Hayes, clearance by Adam Bailey-Dennis.

21:39

Marcus Bettinelli fouled by Sean Marks, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

21:20

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes played to the near post, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

20:30

Foul by Tom Champion on Ryan Peters, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Brad Quinton from the free kick, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

19:59

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, Elliot Bradbrook gets a block in.

19:34

Tom Champion challenges James Mulley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Quinton takes the free kick.

18:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, Dean Wells produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

18:06

Dan Holman takes a shot. Blocked by Marcus Bettinelli.

16:54

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hayes.

16:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Bonner - Braintree 0 - 1 Dartford A goal is scored by Tom Bonner from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Dartford.

16:05

Unfair challenge on Jacob Erskine by Nicky Symons results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Ryan Hayes,

14:16

Shot by Jon Wallis. Ryan Peters gets a block in.

13:43

Corner taken right-footed by Jon Wallis, Adam Bailey-Dennis manages to make a clearance.

13:30

Elliot Bradbrook sends in a cross, clearance by Nicky Symons.

13:20

A cross is delivered by Ryan Hayes, Ryan Peters manages to make a clearance.

10:20

Sean Marks has an effort at goal. Clearance made by Marcus Bettinelli.

8:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Burns on Daniel Sparkes. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

7:17

Pat O'Connor sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Burns.

6:40

Dan Holman takes a shot. Mark Arber gets a block in.

6:27

Daniel Sparkes decides to take a short corner.

6:06

Dan Holman takes a shot. Marcus Bettinelli makes a save.

5:29

Ryan Hayes challenges Pat O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

4:31

James Mulley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

3:31

Foul by Dean Wells on Danny Harris, free kick awarded. Ryan Hayes takes the direct free kick.

2:48

Tom Champion sends in a cross, Danny Naisbitt makes a brilliant save.

2:11

Short corner worked by Jon Wallis, save by Danny Naisbitt.

1:36

Unfair challenge on Danny Harris by Ryan Peters results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Wallis.

1:05

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hayes, clearance made by Dean Wells.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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