Braintree climbed into the top five in the Conference Premier with a convincing home victory over Alfreton.

With all the goals coming in the second half, it was Charlie Strutton's well-struck volley that gave the hosts the advantage.

Sean Marks' 84th-minute header and Daniel Sparkes' tap in three minutes later wrapped up the points for high-flying Braintree.

Bradley Wood netted late consolation for the visitors.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"We've had to grind it out, they are very tough side to play against. Very direct, big, strong and I thought we stood up well to it.

"We knew that later on in the game it would open up and we would get a few chances, Charlie [Strutton] took his goal well and then we was never in danger.

"I'm absolutely delighted, the boys deserve a lot of credit, I'm so proud of them.

"The week we've had is absolutely fantastic."

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

10 5

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:44 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:08

Tom Shaw challenges Matt Paine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

90:00 +1:05

Daniel Sparkes produces a cross. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner manages to make a clearance.

89:01

Matt Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John McGrath. Free kick taken by Bradley Wood.

88:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Bradley Wood - Braintree 3 - 1 Alfreton Bradley Wood grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Braintree Town 3-1 Alfreton Town.

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Cox joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Strutton.

86:14

Assist on the goal came from James Mulley.

86:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Sparkes - Braintree 3 - 0 Alfreton Daniel Sparkes scores with a left foot finish. Braintree Town 3-0 Alfreton Town.

86:00

James Mulley takes a shot. Ross Atkins parries the ball away.

84:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dan Bradley by Chez Isaac. Free kick taken by John McGrath.

83:10

Charlie Strutton provided the assist for the goal.

83:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Braintree 2 - 0 Alfreton Sean Marks scores with a header. Braintree Town 2-0 Alfreton Town.

83:08

Charlie Strutton takes a shot and struck the post.

82:44

Tom Shaw takes a shot. Chez Isaac gets a block in.

82:21

Dan Bradley takes a shot. Nathan McDonald safely holds on.

81:39

Daniel Sparkes takes a shot.

81:11

Dan Bradley takes a shot. Nathan McDonald catches the ball.

80:21

Dan Bradley challenges Daniel Sparkes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Wells restarts play with the free kick.

78:12

Ross Atkins restarts play with the free kick.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Dan Bradley is brought on as a substitute for Paul Clayton.

78:12

Handball decision goes against James Mulley.

77:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by John McGrath on Sam Griffiths. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

76:24

Tom Shaw takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

75:27

A cross is delivered by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Dean Wells makes a clearance.

73:52

Sean Marks takes a shot. Ross Atkins parries the effort to safety. The referee blows for offside against James Mulley. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

72:20

Header by Sean Marks misses right.

71:39 Booking

Booking

71:12

Paul Clayton challenges Dean Wells unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Clayton is booked. Sam Habergham takes the free kick.

70:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Wishart on Sam Habergham. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

70:03 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Wishart comes on in place of Danny Meadows.

69:31

Chez Isaac takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

68:58

Sean Marks takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Shaw.

66:23

Corner taken by John McGrath. James Mulley manages to make a clearance.

64:35

James Mulley takes a shot.

62:29 Booking

Booking

62:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Strutton on Bradley Wood. Charlie Strutton is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

60:41

Chez Isaac provided the assist for the goal.

60:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Charlie Strutton - Braintree 1 - 0 Alfreton Charlie Strutton scores with their left foot. Braintree Town 1-0 Alfreton Town.

57:45

John McGrath takes a shot. Matt Paine gets a block in.

56:11

Foul by James Mulley on Michael Wylde, free kick awarded. Ross Atkins takes the free kick.

54:57

Foul by John Akinde on Matt Paine, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

54:27

Centre by James Mulley. Clearance by Josh Law.

53:14

Sean Marks challenges Michael Wylde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Wood restarts play with the free kick.

52:47

Shot by John Akinde went wide right of the post.

51:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Sparkes. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Wylde by Sean Marks. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

50:39

John McGrath takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

49:45

Matt Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. John McGrath crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham by Paul Clayton. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nick Fenton leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Westwood.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by John McGrath.

44:32

Paul Clayton challenges Alan Massey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

43:33

Handball by Daniel Sparkes. Free kick crossed by John McGrath. Nathan McDonald punches the ball.

40:54 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sparkes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenny Davis.

38:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Strutton on Nick Fenton. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner takes the free kick.

36:40

Charlie Strutton takes a shot.

34:13

John McGrath concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Davis. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Strutton. Ross Atkins turns it away with a finger tip save. Corner taken by Kenny Davis. Clearance by Nick Fenton.

33:12

Foul by Dean Wells on Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

32:50

Dean Wells produces a cross. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.

32:12

Chez Isaac takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paul Clayton gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny Davis.

31:06

Matt Paine takes a shot. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

29:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Strutton by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.

27:26

Corner from the left by-line taken by John McGrath. Clearance made by Alan Massey.

23:23

The ball is delivered by Charlie Strutton. Nick Fenton gets a block in.

22:54 Booking

Booking

22:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Paine by Danny Meadows. Danny Meadows is shown a yellow card. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

21:17

John Akinde delivers the ball. Clearance by Chez Isaac.

20:57

The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis. Nick Fenton makes a clearance.

20:07

Nick Fenton challenges Sean Marks unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

19:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Sam Griffiths. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner restarts play with the free kick.

18:31

Tom Shaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Habergham. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

17:28

Sean Marks fouled by Nick Fenton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

16:17

Kenny Davis takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

15:38

Paul Clayton concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Paine. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

14:11

The ball is swung over by Sam Griffiths. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.

13:39

The ball is sent over by Sam Griffiths. Clearance by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

12:51

The ball is sent over by Chez Isaac. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner manages to make a clearance.

11:52

Danny Meadows takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

11:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against John Akinde. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

10:36

Foul by Tom Shaw on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

9:00

Kenny Davis sends in a cross that goes out.

8:43

Chez Isaac sends in a cross.

8:03

The ball is swung over by Sam Griffiths. Ross Atkins catches the ball.

7:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Law on Sam Griffiths. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

6:43

Paul Clayton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

5:56

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner fouled by Sean Marks, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

5:44

The ball is swung over by Kenny Davis. Ross Atkins makes a clearance.

3:14

The ball is delivered by John Akinde. Alan Massey manages to make a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by John McGrath.

2:36

Kenny Davis crosses the ball. Clearance made by Michael Wylde.

0:36

Alan Massey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton. John McGrath crosses the ball in from the free kick. Nathan McDonald punches the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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