Braintree Town moved to within a point of the Conference Premier play-off places as a first-half Kenny Davis goal was enough to beat struggling Dartford.

Davis scored midway through the first period with a fine 18-yard shot and the Iron should have added to the lead against relegation-threatened visitors.

Darts goalkeeper Alan Julian made numerous fine saves, notably from Sean Marks, Chez Isaac and Dean Wells.

Dartford stay in 22nd place but are two now points from safety.

They twice went close through Lee Noble when the score was 0-0.

But Davis scored soon after Noble's second chance and the hosts were full value for their victory.

Darford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"I think all the players have done a decent job. Obviously we've created chances - not loads of chances, but I don't think they've created many chances in fairness.

"You get opportunities like we did at the end and unfortunately we haven't taken it and that was our lifeline in all fairness.

"I don't think there was nerves. I just think every game we've started since November they've been under pressure and it's been every game we have to win.

"I think they've had a go again today but were unlucky again today. I think they deserved to get a point out of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 02 Peters
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells Booked
  • 15 Massey
  • 26 Mulley
  • 04 Isaac (Daley - 75' )
  • 09 Marks Booked
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes (Cox - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 10 Holman
  • 12 Daley
  • 22 Cox
  • 23 Laurent

Dartford

  • 01 Julian
  • 20 Burns
  • 04 Sterling
  • 31 Stevenson Booked
  • 14 Mitchell-King
  • 38 McAuley
  • 11 Harris Booked
  • 06 Cornhill
  • 15 Collier (Swallow - 66' )
  • 37 Suarez
  • 08 Noble Booked (Bradbrook - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Clark
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 19 Swallow
  • 29 Holloway
  • 30 Woodyard
Ref: Declan Ford
Att: 1,200

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

4 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

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

90:00 +5:49 Full time

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

90:00 +5:31

Attempt saved. Jim Stevenson (Dartford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

90:00 +5:12

Attempt saved. Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

90:00 +4:17

Attempt missed. Max Cornhill (Dartford) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ben Swallow.

90:00 +3:57

Corner, Dartford.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

90:00 +3:16

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).

90:00 +1:33

Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.

89:53

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

89:15

Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).

89:15

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

87:52

Corner, Braintree Town.

87:16

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

87:16

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

86:35

Foul by Lee Burns (Dartford).

86:35

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

84:55

Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

84:09 Booking

Booking Danny Harris (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:50

Foul by Danny Harris (Dartford).

83:50

Luke Daley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

83:12 Booking

Booking Jim Stevenson (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:01

Foul by Jim Stevenson (Dartford).

83:01

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

78:17

Attempt missed. Danny Harris (Dartford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Swallow with a cross.

77:45

Foul by Luke Daley (Braintree Town).

77:45

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces Chez Isaac.

74:27

Attempt missed. Rory McAuley (Dartford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Swallow.

74:03

Corner, Dartford.

73:45

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

73:45

Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

70:25

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

69:59

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Chez Isaac.

69:27

Corner, Braintree Town.

68:42

Corner, Braintree Town.

65:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dartford. Ben Swallow replaces Nathan Collier.

64:06

Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

61:53

Foul by Danny Harris (Dartford).

61:53

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

58:01

Attempt missed. Nathan Collier (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jim Stevenson.

57:29

Corner, Dartford.

56:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Daniel Sparkes.

56:32

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

56:32

Elliot Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

56:13

Attempt saved. Nathan Collier (Dartford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

55:12

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

53:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dartford. Elliot Bradbrook replaces Lee Noble.

53:22

Attempt missed. Mikel Suarez (Dartford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

52:30 Booking

Booking Dean Wells (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:10

Hand ball by Dean Wells (Braintree Town).

51:48

Attempt blocked. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:16 Booking

Booking Sean Marks (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:43

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

46:43

Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.

46:17

Offside, Dartford. Danny Harris tries a through ball, but Danny Harris is caught offside.

45:56

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

45:56

Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) wins a free kick.

45:42

Corner, Braintree Town.

45:34

Attempt blocked. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 1, Dartford 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Dartford 0.

45:00 +0:35

Corner, Braintree Town.

44:26 Booking

Booking Lee Noble (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:13

Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

44:13

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

42:56

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

42:56

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

42:09

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

42:09

Alan Julian (Dartford) wins a free kick.

39:26

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

39:26

Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.

34:51

Corner, Dartford.

32:38

Hand ball by Chez Isaac (Braintree Town).

32:05

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

32:05

Tyrone Sterling (Dartford) wins a free kick.

31:34

Corner, Braintree Town.

31:16

Attempt saved. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

30:49

Corner, Braintree Town.

23:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 1, Dartford 0. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sean Marks.

22:04

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

22:04

Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.

21:30

Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

21:30

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

18:01

Attempt missed. Lee Noble (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

17:05

Attempt saved. Lee Noble (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

15:26

Corner, Braintree Town.

11:14

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

11:14

Jim Stevenson (Dartford) wins a free kick.

9:32

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

9:32

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

6:35

Foul by Mikel Suarez (Dartford).

6:35

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

6:12

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

6:12

Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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