Hereford extended their unbeaten league run to six games with an away victory at Braintree Town.

The visitors nearly went in front early on, but Chris Sharp's effort from 12-yards was well saved by Braintree goalkeeper Nathan McDonald.

The Bulls good start was rewarded when Ryan Bowman combined with Sharp, who slotted home from inside the area.

Marley Watkins added Hereford's second and secured the points when his 20-yard volley found the bottom corner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

Defeat hard to take - Devonshire

"First-half I don't think we played that well, second-half we played a lot, lot better and I felt we deserved something out of the game.

"We didn't get a lot of luck in front of goal. We've had a few chances, we've hit the bar, I think if we'd have got one we might have got another one.

"Hereford worked really hard, they put bodies on the line and defended really well. Credit to them."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine Booked (Sparkes - 84' )
  • 15 Massey
  • 19 Wells
  • 08 Davis (Aaron Wickham - 74' )
  • 17 Mulley
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 20 Holman
  • 30 Walker (Daley - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 28 Watts
  • 07 Symons
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 12 Daley
  • 31 Aaron Wickham

Hereford

  • 12 Hanford Booked
  • 02 Gallinagh
  • 06 Graham
  • 14 Stam
  • 27 Musa
  • 07 Watkins
  • 15 James
  • 18 Clucas
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 10 Sharp (McDonald - 80' Booked )
  • 19 Bowman Booked (Jackson - 44' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Heath
  • 26 McDonald
  • 11 Clist
  • 22 Smikle
  • 09 Jackson
Ref: Ford
Att: 658

Match Stats

Shots

20 10

On target

8 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:19 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +0:58

The official flags Samuel Clucas offside. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

90:00 +0:41

Dan Holman takes a shot. Save by Dan Hanford.

89:28

A cross is delivered by Luke Daley, Shot from inside the area by Dan Holman clears the bar.

89:07

Sam Habergham delivers the ball, Rod McDonald manages to make a clearance.

88:26

Joshua O'Keefe takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

87:05

Aaron Wickham takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

86:25

Marley Watkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Habergham. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Daniel Sparkes, clearance made by Samuel Clucas.

86:07

A cross is delivered by Daniel Sparkes, James Musa manages to make a clearance.

84:43

Centre by Daniel Sparkes, Dan Holman takes a shot. Dan Hanford makes a save.

84:06

Marlon Jackson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

83:21 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Paine.

83:06

Dan Holman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

81:51

Alan Massey concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon Jackson. Samuel Clucas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

80:25 Booking

Booking Caution for Rod McDonald.

80:19

Rod McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Wickham. Direct free kick taken by Luke Daley.

78:55

The ball is sent over by Samuel Clucas, Sam Habergham makes a clearance.

78:55 Substitution

Substitution Rod McDonald is brought on as a substitute for Chris Sharp.

78:55

Sam Habergham challenges Marlon Jackson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:21

Sean Marks produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

76:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Mulley by Marley Watkins. Centre by Luke Daley, Alan Massey takes a shot. Save by Dan Hanford.

75:36

Volleyed right-footed shot by Dean Wells. Save by Dan Hanford.

74:21

The ball is crossed by Chris Sharp, clearance by Alan Massey.

73:21

Foul by Aaron Wickham on Kingsley James, free kick awarded. Stefan Stam restarts play with the free kick.

71:48

A cross is delivered by Samuel Clucas, save by Nathan McDonald.

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wickham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenny Davis.

71:48 Substitution

Substitution Dan Walker leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Daley.

71:48 Booking

Booking Matthew Paine is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

71:37

Unfair challenge on Marlon Jackson by Matthew Paine results in a free kick.

70:12

Kenny Davis takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Header from close range by Sean Marks clears the bar.

69:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Sharp on Ryan Peters. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kenny Davis from right channel, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

68:51

The ball is crossed by Dan Walker, blocked by James Musa.

66:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Peters by Samuel Clucas. Kenny Davis fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

66:20

A cross is delivered by Dan Walker, clearance by Kingsley James.

64:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Walker by Luke Graham. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

64:02

Matthew Paine challenges Samuel Clucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kingsley James restarts play with the free kick.

63:13

Shot from outside the box by Dan Holman misses to the left of the target.

61:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marley Watkins on James Mulley. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

61:21

Shot by James Mulley.

60:59

Dan Holman takes a shot. Save by Dan Hanford.

59:02

The ball is sent over by Dan Walker, Header from deep inside the area by Sean Marks goes over the bar.

57:27

The assist for the goal came from Marlon Jackson.

57:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Marley Watkins - Braintree 0 - 2 Hereford Marley Watkins fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Hereford.

55:17

Dan Walker delivers the ball, Matthew Paine takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Graham.

55:00

A cross is delivered by Dean Wells, Kingsley James makes a clearance.

54:26

Stefan Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

52:59

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Alan Massey.

52:47

Samuel Clucas crosses the ball, Ryan Peters gets a block in.

51:48

Corner taken right-footed by Kenny Davis to the near post, clearance made by Joshua O'Keefe.

50:37

Samuel Clucas takes a shot. Nathan McDonald makes a save.

49:12

Outswinging corner taken by Samuel Clucas from the left by-line played to the near post, Marlon Jackson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

48:04

Dan Holman challenges Samuel Clucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Musa.

47:13

Corner taken right-footed by Kenny Davis from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Wells takes a shot. Dan Hanford makes a save.

46:40

Kenny Davis takes the inswinging corner, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

46:06

Kenny Davis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Sharp manages to make a clearance.

45:20

James Mulley sends in a cross, clearance by Kingsley James.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:13

Shot from just outside the box by Marlon Jackson misses to the left of the target.

44:58

Kenny Davis crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Gallinagh.

43:22 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Jackson on for Ryan Bowman.

42:27

Kingsley James fouled by James Mulley, the ref awards a free kick. Dan Hanford restarts play with the free kick.

41:16

Clearance made by Marley Watkins.

41:16 Booking

Booking Dan Hanford goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

40:45 Booking

Booking Ryan Bowman receives a caution.

39:53

Corner taken by Kenny Davis from the right by-line to the near post,

39:18

Kingsley James gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis. Kenny Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Luke Graham.

38:42

Kenny Davis takes a shot. Stefan Stam gets a block in.

38:28

The ball is delivered by Dan Walker, Luke Graham manages to make a clearance.

38:04

Unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Joshua O'Keefe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

37:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Sharp on Alan Massey. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

36:33

Joshua O'Keefe has an effort at goal.

34:53

Centre by James Musa, Sean Marks makes a clearance.

33:28

Samuel Clucas takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

33:17

Andy Gallinagh produces a cross, Ryan Peters makes a clearance.

32:28

Sam Habergham produces a cross, Sean Marks produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

31:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sean Marks. Dan Hanford takes the direct free kick.

30:27

Stefan Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Direct free kick taken by Sean Marks.

27:21

The referee gives a free kick against Kenny Davis for handball. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.

26:23

Effort from just outside the area by Dan Holman goes over the target.

25:45

Matthew Paine produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

24:59

The offside flag is raised against Samuel Clucas. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

23:57

The ball is swung over by Kingsley James, Alan Massey manages to make a clearance.

23:40

Corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Alan Massey.

23:18

The ball is crossed by Samuel Clucas, clearance made by Dean Wells.

21:27

The ball is sent over by Marley Watkins, save made by Nathan McDonald.

20:42

Matthew Paine delivers the ball, Luke Graham makes a clearance.

19:12

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Bowman.

19:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Sharp - Braintree 0 - 1 Hereford Chris Sharp gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Hereford.

18:22

Centre by Ryan Peters.

17:43

The ball is crossed by Sean Marks, blocked by Stefan Stam.

14:50

The ball is swung over by Matthew Paine, save by Dan Hanford.

13:48

Long range shot from Samuel Clucas misses to the left of the target.

11:36

Samuel Clucas has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

11:07

The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, save by Nathan McDonald.

10:11

Kingsley James concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Marks. Direct free kick taken by Dean Wells.

8:45

Sean Marks gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stefan Stam. Direct free kick taken by Dan Hanford.

8:10

Foul by Stefan Stam on Sean Marks, free kick awarded. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

7:53

The ball is crossed by Andy Gallinagh, clearance by Alan Massey.

6:16

A cross is delivered by Ryan Bowman, Chris Sharp takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

5:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Paine by Luke Graham. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

5:12

Corner taken by Marley Watkins, clearance made by Matthew Paine.

5:01

Marley Watkins crosses the ball, clearance by Alan Massey.

3:09

Dan Walker crosses the ball, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

1:57

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Graham. Dan Hanford takes the free kick.

1:25

Unfair challenge on Sean Marks by James Musa results in a free kick. Ryan Peters takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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