National League
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Braintree Town 1-0 Dover Athletic

Braintree moved up to sixth place in the National League table with a clinical win that ended high-flying Dover Athletic's five-game winning run.

The hosts edged the midfield battle in a hard-fought tussle and deservedly went ahead just before the break.

Michael Cheek proved the matchwinner, pouncing on a rebound after Simeon Akinola's shot was saved.

Cheek and Dover's Toby Ajala had half-chances after the interval, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Dover remain third but missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Forest Green Rovers, who lost to Eastleigh.

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1Norris
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forWalkerat 83'minutes
  • 7Brundle
  • 5Paine
  • 14Miles
  • 23CheekBooked at 68mins
  • 22EdgarSubstituted forMarksat 72'minutes
  • 30Woodyard
  • 3Habergham
  • 10AkinolaSubstituted forWalkerat 90+4'minutes
  • 2Clerima

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 20Walker
  • 24Baxter
  • 25Walker
  • 31Haigh

Dover

  • 1Walker
  • 6Orlu
  • 15Grimes
  • 17DeverdicsBooked at 35mins
  • 20GibbsBooked at 18minsSubstituted forMagriat 57'minutes
  • 16SterlingBooked at 44mins
  • 18Parkinson
  • 12AjalaSubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes
  • 21Thomas
  • 9MillerSubstituted forModesteat 60'minutes
  • 23Payne

Substitutes

  • 2Magri
  • 7Modeste
  • 10Murphy
  • 14Ofori-Acheampong
  • 30Rafferty
Referee:
Mark Pottage
Attendance:
637

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamDover
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Alfie Walker replaces Simeon Akinola because of an injury.

Hand ball by Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic).

Foul by Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic).

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Jeremy Walker replaces Chez Isaac because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Tom Murphy with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tom Murphy replaces Toby Ajala.

Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) header from the right side of the box is saved.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Deverdics (Dover Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Anthony Edgar.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic).

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Toby Ajala with a cross.

Booking

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamie Grimes (Dover Athletic).

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic).

Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jack Parkinson (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Ricky Modeste replaces Ricky Miller.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Sam Magri replaces Jaydon Gibbs because of an injury.

Hand ball by Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic).

Corner, Braintree Town.

Second Half

Second Half begins Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 1, Dover Athletic 0. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

goal