National League
Braintree1Forest Green1

Braintree Town 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

Darren Carter
Darren Carter has previously played in the football league for Northampton and Birmingham

Forest Green Rovers' hopes of automatic promotion from the National League were dented as they were held to a draw by play-off hopefuls Braintree.

Braintree took the lead through Kenny Davis' penalty after Chez Isaac was brought down by James Jennings.

The visitors equalised shortly after through Darren Carter's driven effort into the bottom left-hand corner.

Mitch Brundle nearly won it for Braintree but his firm header struck the bar as the game ended all square.

Forest Green have now drawn their last five games meaning they sit six points behind leaders Cheltenham with just three games remaining, whilst Braintree are one place outside the play-offs in sixth.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Ady Pennock on Braintree v Forest Green

"I thought we dominated the game, especially the first half - the penalty was disappointing to concede and from there you're chasing your tail a little bit.

"We scored a good goal and played well first half; the pitch was very bumpy and lively. We're frustrated but we move on.

"Fair play to Cheltenham - they've been consistent enough but I think they've got one hand on the trophy - we've got to keep playing well and make sure we go in to the play-offs in good form."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15Phillips
  • 7BrundleBooked at 90mins
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 4Isaac
  • 30Woodyard
  • 10Akinola
  • 8DavisBooked at 87minsSubstituted forSparkesat 90'minutes
  • 9MarksSubstituted forCheekat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Sparkes
  • 12Gardner
  • 14Miles
  • 23Cheek
  • 32Powell

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 16Racine
  • 24Carter
  • 3JenningsBooked at 32mins
  • 4CloughBooked at 65mins
  • 9Marsh-BrownBooked at 14minsSubstituted forKellyat 83'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11FrearSubstituted forJeffreyat 75'minutes
  • 20ParkinSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 17Guthrie

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 7Jeffrey
  • 10Kelly
  • 14Moore
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
740

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Foul by Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town).

Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers).

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Sparkes replaces Kenny Davis.

Booking

Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brett Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Jon Parkin.

Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chez Isaac with a cross.

Foul by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Anthony Jeffrey replaces Elliott Frear.

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Habergham.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt saved. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Attempt saved. Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Attempt saved. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Michael Cheek replaces Sean Marks.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

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

Foul by James Jennings (Forest Green Rovers).

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sean Long (Braintree Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham432711581295292
2Forest Green432511767392886
3Dover422381173502377
4Grimsby412113777393876
5Tranmere4320121158421672
6Braintree4219121146341269
7Eastleigh411911115849968
8Wrexham421991466471966
9Gateshead431810155262-1064
10Macclesfield421871758461261
11Lincoln City431612156460460
12Bromley43179176564160
13Barrow421612145966-760
14Aldershot43158204967-1853
15Woking421410186361252
16Southport431312184558-1351
17Chester431112205768-1145
18Torquay421111204570-2544
19Guiseley42916174064-2443
20Halifax411110205378-2543
21Boreham Wood43914203848-1041
22Altrincham42914194366-2341
23Welling43811243561-2635
24Kidderminster42711244367-2432
View full National League table

Top Stories