Joe McNerney's goal gave Woking victory over Braintree and continued their move away from the relegation zone.

He struck when the visitors failed to clear, turning in the ball from the right-hand side of the six-yard box.

The margin would have been greater but for Braintree goalkeeper Nick Hamman, who kept out efforts from Josh Payne, John Goddard and Keiran Murtagh.

Bernard Mensah forced a save from Sam Beasant at the other end, but the Cards secured a fourth win in five.

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Garry Hill: Woking boss after Braintree victory

Woking manager Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

"You have to make sure that you battle TO compete against Braintree, because they are a big, strong physical side.

"I felt we started very brightly. But you have to turn round and see the commitment and desire shown by the players, and even more so when you haven't played in 16 days.

"Most of chances were one way and they ended up defending for long periods of time and overall we were worthy winners. "

"You come into this week and you haven't signed any players and I had an opportunity last night but it didn't happen.

"I felt I was going to be rushing into a deal for the sake of making it happen and if you've got people who haven't been in the team for a while asking me to give them an opportunity. I had to trust in them and be fair to the whole side and everyone who came into the game did very well."

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"That's the poorest we've played all season. I'm totally distraught and embarrassed abut that performance.

"No disrespect to Woking, we've played against better sides and we've made them look world-beaters.

"We were getting bullied over the park. We were poor. I apologise to the fans.

"The referee was poor but we were worse than him. I'm gutted. That's our worst performance by far."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Woking

  • 18 Beasant
  • 02 Newton
  • 05 McNerney
  • 03 Nutter
  • 15 Cestor
  • 20 Payne
  • 26 Murtagh (Wright - 89' )
  • 11 Betsy
  • 04 Ricketts
  • 22 Goddard (Johnson - 90' )
  • 10 Sole

Substitutes

  • 06 Johnson
  • 28 Little
  • 14 McNamee
  • 34 Beckles
  • 17 Wright

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells
  • 03 Habergham
  • 15 Massey Booked
  • 26 Mulley
  • 08 Davis (Mensah - 64' )
  • 04 Isaac (Daley - 73' )
  • 02 Peters Booked
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Holman (Cox - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Mensah
  • 23 Geohaghon
  • 12 Daley
  • 01 McDonald
  • 22 Cox
Ref: Adam Hopkins
Att: 1,270

Match Stats

Shots

10 4

On target

5 0

Corners

0 0

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Woking 1, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Woking 1, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +3:26

Offside, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox tries a through ball, but Jordan Cox is caught offside.

90:00 +2:55 Booking

Booking Alan Massey (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Giuseppe Sole (Woking).

90:00 +2:18

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:33

Attempt missed. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:08

Foul by Josh Payne (Woking).

90:00 +1:08

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

89:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Woking. Brett Johnson replaces John Goddard.

89:01

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

89:01

Mike Cestor (Woking) wins a free kick.

88:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Woking. Niall Wright replaces Keiran Murtagh.

86:14

Foul by Keiran Murtagh (Woking).

86:14

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

85:47

Foul by Keiran Murtagh (Woking).

85:47

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

84:51

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

84:51

Joseph McNerney (Woking) wins a free kick.

83:48

Offside, Woking. Kevin Betsy tries a through ball, but Kevin Betsy is caught offside.

81:19

Corner, Braintree Town.

79:00

Attempt missed. Keiran Murtagh (Woking) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Newton with a cross.

77:48

Corner, Braintree Town.

74:22

Foul by Mark Ricketts (Woking).

74:22

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

73:54

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

73:54

Mark Ricketts (Woking) wins a free kick.

73:26

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

72:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces Chez Isaac because of an injury.

69:01

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

69:01

Mark Ricketts (Woking) wins a free kick.

67:31

Corner, Woking.

67:11

Corner, Woking.

65:22

Attempt saved. Adam Newton (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

63:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah replaces Kenny Davis.

60:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Dan Holman.

59:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Woking 1, Braintree Town 0. Joseph McNerney (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

59:49

Corner, Woking.

58:12

Corner, Woking.

57:43

Attempt missed. Kevin Betsy (Woking) right footed shot from the right side of the box.

53:12

Offside, Woking. Giuseppe Sole tries a through ball, but Giuseppe Sole is caught offside.

52:04

Corner, Woking.

50:43

Foul by John Goddard (Woking).

50:43

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

49:33

Foul by Kevin Betsy (Woking).

49:33

Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

47:42

Foul by John Goddard (Woking).

47:42

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Woking 0, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +1:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Woking 0, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Josh Payne (Woking).

45:00 +0:40

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

45:00 +0:15

Mark Ricketts (Woking) wins a free kick.

42:38

Corner, Braintree Town.

40:21

Corner, Woking.

39:29 Booking

Booking Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:14

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

39:14

Mike Cestor (Woking) wins a free kick.

36:10

Foul by Kevin Betsy (Woking).

36:10

Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

35:02

Corner, Woking.

29:04

Foul by Keiran Murtagh (Woking).

29:04

Matthew Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

28:25

Corner, Woking.

28:06

Corner, Woking.

27:54

Attempt blocked. John Nutter (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:42

Foul by Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town).

26:42

Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

25:42

Corner, Woking.

25:18

Attempt saved. Keiran Murtagh (Woking) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

24:06

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

24:06

John Goddard (Woking) wins a free kick.

20:04

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

19:46

Attempt saved. John Goddard (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

18:16

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:39

Corner, Woking.

15:48

Corner, Woking.

14:48

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

14:39

Corner, Braintree Town.

13:54

Foul by Keiran Murtagh (Woking).

13:54

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

10:56

Foul by Josh Payne (Woking).

10:56

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

10:09

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

10:02

Corner, Braintree Town.

7:30

Corner, Woking.

4:25

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Woking) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

4:01

Foul by Samuel Habergham (Braintree Town).

4:01

Kevin Betsy (Woking) wins a free kick.

2:31

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

2:31

Joseph McNerney (Woking) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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