Dan Holman scored his fifth goal in as many games to help Braintree move to within five points of the play-off places with victory at Forest Green.

Rovers' James Norwood hit the bar before Holman put the Iron ahead from the penalty spot after Bernard Mensah was felled by Sam Russell.

Holman helped Mensah make it 2-0 after the break, with the on-loan Watford man pouncing on some poor Rovers defending.

In response, both Yan Klukowski and Paul Green fired wide.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire:

"They grind teams down and fair play to them, they came here and done a job on us.

"We did concede two poor goals, we really did.

"I think we were huffing and puffing and just needed a little bit of luck in front of goal. We couldn't break them down."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell Booked
  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 16 Racine
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 22 Green
  • 24 Kelly
  • 23 Barry (Klukowski - 62' )
  • 07 Norwood
  • 09 Wright (Taylor - 62' )
  • 29 Hughes Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 14 Taylor
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 21 White

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 15 Massey
  • 05 Paine
  • 03 Habergham Booked
  • 19 Wells
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 04 Isaac
  • 12 Daley (Laurent - 88' )
  • 17 Mensah (Marks - 76' )
  • 02 Peters
  • 10 Holman (Jakubiak - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Laurent
  • 27 Jakubiak
  • 09 Marks
  • 01 McDonald
Ref: Craig Hicks
Att: 841

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

4 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +4:37

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

90:00 +4:37

Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

90:00 +3:34 Booking

Booking Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:29

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

90:00 +3:29

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

89:41

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

89:41

Sam Russell (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

87:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Josh Laurent replaces Luke Daley.

83:43

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

83:33

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

80:38

Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Braintree Town).

80:38

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

79:50

Foul by Alan Massey (Braintree Town).

79:50

Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

79:17

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

79:17

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

78:31

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

78:31

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

77:10

Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Braintree Town).

77:10

Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

76:37

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

76:16

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Dan Holman.

75:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Bernard Mensah.

74:53

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

73:46

Foul by Jared Hodgkiss (Forest Green Rovers).

73:46

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

72:36

Attempt missed. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

72:05

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

72:05

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

71:42

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

71:04

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

70:50

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

67:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 2. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Holman with a cross.

66:21

Corner, Braintree Town.

64:22

Offside, Braintree Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

62:59

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

62:59

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

62:34

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

61:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Yan Klukowski replaces Anthony Barry.

61:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces Daniel Wright.

60:06

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

59:54

Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:35

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

50:00

Foul by Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers).

50:00

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

49:21

Offside, Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah tries a through ball, but Bernard Mensah is caught offside.

48:25

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

48:25

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

46:44

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

46:44

Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

45:58

Attempt blocked. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ed Asafu-Adjaye.

45:40

Foul by Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town).

45:40

Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1.

45:00 +1:30

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

45:00 +1:30

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

42:10

Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).

42:10

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

40:40

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

40:30

Attempt blocked. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:09

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

39:51

Attempt blocked. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

38:35

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

38:02

Offside, Braintree Town. Dan Holman tries a through ball, but Dan Holman is caught offside.

35:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, Braintree Town 1. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

34:18 Booking

Booking Sam Russell (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:09

Penalty conceded by Sam Russell (Forest Green Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

34:09

Penalty Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah draws a foul in the penalty area.

32:22

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

32:22

Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

30:24

Attempt blocked. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:13

Attempt missed. Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Barry.

27:52

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

27:39

Attempt blocked. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Norwood.

27:15

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

25:15

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

25:15

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

22:35

Attempt missed. Ed Asafu-Adjaye (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

21:24 Booking

Booking Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:15

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

21:15

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

16:21

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jared Hodgkiss with a cross.

14:30

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

14:10

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

12:35

Attempt missed. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

10:37

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

10:37

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

9:23

Attempt saved. Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Anthony Barry with a cross.

8:55

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

8:55

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

6:33

Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).

6:33

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

5:13

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

4:40

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

4:40

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

2:00

Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

1:19

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

1:19

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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