Match ends, Braintree Town 1, Sutton United 0.
Braintree Town 1-0 Sutton United
Braintree bounced back from successive National League defeats to see off Sutton.
Michael Cheek scored the only goal of the game nine minutes before half-time with what was one of Braintree's few efforts in the first half.
Sutton, who had won just one of their previous 12 away matches in the league this season, tried to fight back in the second half but found Braintree goalkeeper Sam Beasant in inspired form.
He did well to deny Roarie Deacon immediately after the break and also prevented Dan Fitchett equalising soon after from a great opportunity.
Beasant continued to perform heroics, Craig McAllister unable to beat the 28-year-old when clean through and Adam May seeing another effort saved.
Visiting striker Matt Tubbs saw a late shot come back off the post as Braintree held on to move five points clear of the relegation zone.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 29ParrySubstituted forGoodmanat 64'minutes
- 20CorneSubstituted forLeeat 74'minutes
- 9BarnardBooked at 31minsSubstituted forFarrellat 90'minutes
- 19MonakanaSubstituted forMayat 64'minutes
- 14DundasBooked at 60minsSubstituted forTubbsat 73'minutes
- 24BiamouSubstituted forMcAllisterat 58'minutes
- Alan Young
Second Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Sutton United 0.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Kyron Farrell replaces Lee Barnard.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Harry Lee replaces Sam Corne.
Substitution, Sutton United. Matt Tubbs replaces Craig Dundas.
Substitution, Sutton United. Adam May replaces Jeffrey Monakana.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Jake Goodman replaces Manny Parry.
Craig Dundas (Sutton United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Sutton United. Craig McAllister replaces Maxime Biamou.
Second Half begins Braintree Town 1, Sutton United 0.
First Half ends, Braintree Town 1, Sutton United 0.
Goal! Braintree Town 1, Sutton United 0. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).
Lee Barnard (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.