Braintree overcame struggling Nuneaton in an enthralling six-goal thriller.

James Mulley nodded the Iron ahead, but Boro levelled when Simon Forsdick headed home Adam Walker's corner.

Dan Holman's strike from 18 yards restored the visitors' advantage shortly after the break before Dean Wells' superb free-kick made it 3-1.

The hosts set up a tense finish when Delroy Gordon powered home a header from close range but substitute Bradley Dack struck to secure Braintree's win.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town assistant manager Keith Rowland told BBC Essex:

"I think it was as good a performance as we've had all season. To go away from home in the Conference and score four goals.

"Really I don't think the home team have got many complaints. We defended pretty well, we were comfortable for long periods.

"The goals came at really good times for us, like they have to when you are away from home.

"Dean Wells' strike (from 60 yards) was magnificent for this level of football. To have the intelligence to see it and to hit the ball with such quality was worth the admission money."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Nuneaton Town

  • 19 McNamara
  • 02 Cartwright
  • 05 Dean Booked
  • 14 Forsdick
  • 15 Gordon
  • 21 O'Halloran (Newton - 65' )
  • 06 Walker
  • 11 Adams (Perry - 75' )
  • 12 Armson
  • 07 York
  • 10 Brown Booked

Substitutes

  • 24 McNamee
  • 13 Sleath
  • 09 Perry
  • 17 Newton
  • 26 Taylor

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham Booked
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 08 Davis
  • 12 Daley (Sparkes - 83' )
  • 17 Mulley
  • 02 Peters
  • 20 Holman
  • 30 Walker (Dack - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 28 Watts
  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 29 Dack
Ref: Rees
Att: 761

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

4 9

Corners

9 7

Fouls

13 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:52 Full time

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

90:00 +4:49

James Armson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:49 Booking

Booking Sam Habergham is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:49

Foul by Sam Habergham on Wesley York, free kick awarded.

90:00 +4:38

Kenny Davis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. James Armson takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:27

Dan Holman is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Forsdick.

86:19

The assist for the goal came from Dan Holman.

86:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Bradley Dack - Nuneaton 2 - 4 Braintree Bradley Dack scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Nuneaton 2-4 Braintree Town.

85:43

Dan Holman takes a shot. Ben McNamara makes a save.

83:51

Dean Wells takes the free kick.

83:51 Booking

Booking Andy Brown booked.

83:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Andy Brown.

82:58 Substitution

Substitution Luke Daley goes off and Daniel Sparkes comes on.

81:56

Simon Forsdick produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

80:00

Indirect free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

80:00 Substitution

Substitution Dan Walker leaves the field to be replaced by Bradley Dack.

80:00

Kyle Perry concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Wells.

79:06

Centre by Neil Cartwright, Headed effort from inside the area by Andy Brown misses to the left of the goal.

76:11

The assist for the goal came from James Armson.

76:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Delroy Gordon - Nuneaton 2 - 3 Braintree Delroy Gordon grabs a headed goal from close in. Nuneaton 2-3 Braintree Town.

75:40

Corner taken right-footed by James Armson, clearance by Ryan Peters.

74:59

Corner taken by James Armson from the left by-line.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Perry is brought on as a substitute for Jon Adams.

72:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Adam Walker. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

71:33

The referee blows for offside against Wesley York. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

70:35

Adam Walker delivers the ball, clearance made by Dean Wells.

70:28

The ball is sent over by Adam Walker.

69:56

Neil Cartwright sends in a cross, Sam Habergham gets a block in. Corner taken short by Adam Walker.

69:02

Danny Newton challenges Ryan Peters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

66:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Wells - Nuneaton 1 - 3 Braintree Dean Wells grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long distance high into the middle of the goal. Nuneaton 1-3 Braintree Town.

66:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Adam Walker.

63:35 Substitution

Substitution Danny Newton is brought on as a substitute for Stephen O'Halloran.

63:24

The ball is swung over by Dan Walker, clearance made by Stephen O'Halloran.

62:55

The ball is delivered by Dan Walker, Delroy Gordon manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Luke Daley from the right by-line.

62:24

Sam Habergham takes a shot. Ben McNamara makes a save.

61:23

Foul by Gareth Dean on Dan Walker, free kick awarded. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.

60:12

Ryan Peters concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Walker. James Armson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Nathan McDonald.

58:08

Neil Cartwright crosses the ball, clearance by Dean Wells.

56:07

James Mulley takes a shot. Save by Ben McNamara.

55:40

Outswinging corner taken by Luke Daley from the right by-line.

54:17

Unfair challenge on Jon Adams by Matthew Paine results in a free kick. Neil Cartwright takes the free kick.

53:12

Simon Forsdick crosses the ball, Matthew Paine manages to make a clearance.

52:51

Unfair challenge on Simon Forsdick by Matthew Paine results in a free kick. Adam Walker takes the free kick.

47:38

Assist on the goal came from Sam Habergham.

47:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Dan Holman - Nuneaton 1 - 2 Braintree Goal scored by Dan Holman from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nuneaton 1-2 Braintree Town.

45:25

A cross is delivered by Neil Cartwright, James Mulley gets a block in. Corner taken by Adam Walker from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Delroy Gordon misses to the left of the goal.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:54

Dean Wells crosses the ball, clearance made by Delroy Gordon.

45:00 +1:01

Dan Holman takes a shot. Delroy Gordon gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Luke Daley.

45:00 +0:25

Jon Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

44:06

Neil Cartwright crosses the ball.

41:49

Adam Walker takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

40:15

Assist by Adam Walker.

40:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Forsdick - Nuneaton 1 - 1 Braintree Simon Forsdick grabs a headed goal from close in. Nuneaton 1-1 Braintree Town.

39:45

Corner taken left-footed by Adam Walker from the right by-line,

38:45

James Mulley fouled by Neil Cartwright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

38:24

Centre by Stephen O'Halloran.

37:10

Alan Massey is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Cartwright.

35:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dan Holman. Free kick taken by Ben McNamara.

35:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Daley from the left by-line, Andy Brown manages to make a clearance.

34:08

The offside flag is raised against Dan Walker. Neil Cartwright takes the indirect free kick.

32:59

Dan Walker is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben McNamara.

31:51

Dan Walker produces a cross, save by Ben McNamara. Corner taken by Luke Daley from the right by-line played to the near post.

30:34

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Walker.

30:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Armson from the left by-line, James Mulley manages to make a clearance.

29:16

Adam Walker takes a shot. Dean Wells manages to make a clearance. James Armson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ryan Peters manages to make a clearance.

27:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Forsdick on Dan Holman. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

26:32

Shot from 20 yards from Matthew Paine. Ben McNamara makes a save.

26:21

James Mulley crosses the ball, Stephen O'Halloran manages to make a clearance.

24:33

Sam Habergham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Simon Forsdick.

24:33 Booking

Booking Gareth Dean shown a yellow card.

24:12

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Gareth Dean results in a free kick.

21:24

Foul by Matthew Paine on Wesley York, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neil Cartwright from right channel.

20:40

James Mulley fouled by Wesley York, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

18:01

Centre by Wesley York.

16:00 Goal scored

Goal! - James Mulley - Nuneaton 0 - 1 Braintree James Mulley finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Nuneaton 0-1 Braintree Town.

15:44

The ball is sent over by Dan Walker, Stephen O'Halloran makes a clearance.

14:39

Wesley York crosses the ball, save by Nathan McDonald.

12:32

Neil Cartwright delivers the ball, James Mulley gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Walker, Foul by Gareth Dean on Alan Massey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

11:29

James Armson fouled by Sam Habergham, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Adam Walker, clearance by Ryan Peters.

11:18

Stephen O'Halloran produces a cross.

9:19

Dan Walker is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ben McNamara.

8:10

Unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Wesley York results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

5:58

The ball is delivered by Luke Daley, blocked by Stephen O'Halloran. Luke Daley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, James Armson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Luke Daley played to the near post.

5:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Davis on Adam Walker. Simon Forsdick takes the free kick.

1:42

Dan Holman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben McNamara restarts play with the free kick.

0:51

Centre by Dan Holman.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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