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Posted Tue 26 Jan 16 at 22:09 PM

No Joy For Reds In Essex...

Wrexham succumbed to a fifth league defeat in six games and while there is never an easy way to lose, at least Braintree’s winner was a strike worth deciding any game.

Substitute Taylor Miles had literally just stepped onto the pitch and his first touch of the ball was to dispatch a tremendous free kick over the Wrexham wall and into the visitor’s net.

There wasn’t a great deal else to separate the two sides on a night when the Dragons had the better of the first half and the Iron edged the second period.

Both new signings made their debuts at the Avanti Stadium, with Mark Beck starting and seeing two first half headers narrowly miss their target – and Louis Briscoe was a late substitute who had our best effort of the second half deflected inches over the home crossbar. 

Chasing the game in the closing minutes, Wrexham’s task was not made any easier with the 80 minute dismissal of full back Mark Carrington for a second yellow. His first resulted in the free kick from which Miles scored the game’s only goal. 

Yet the first half had promised much more with the Welshmen enjoying the lion’s share of possession and chances. 

Connor Jennings had the first effort of the evening on 10 minutes, when he forced keeper Michael Crowe into a save, tipping the ball away for a corner. Then six minutes later Wes York looked to be fouled as he beat his man in the box and bore down on Crowe, but was nudged from behind. The referee played on and the ball was cleared from the Braintree line. 

Both Simon Heslop and Robbie Evans were left to rue opportunities that saw their efforts saved by Wales U19 keeper Crowe. While Beck got in two headers that were very close to opening the scoring. 

The home side really only had an Harry Anderson shot blocked by Manny Smith and a Sam Habergham free kick to their name. 

Chasing the game in the closing minutes, Wrexham’s task was not made any easier with the 80 minute dismissal of full back Mark Carrington for a second yellow. His first resulted in the free kick from which Miles scored the game’s only goal. 

Yet the first half had promised much more with the Welshmen enjoying the lion’s share of possession and chances. 

Connor Jennings had the first effort of the evening on 10 minutes, when he forced keeper Michael Crowe into a save, tipping the ball away for a corner. Then six minutes later Wes York looked to be fouled as he beat his man in the box and bore down on Crowe, but was nudged from behind. The referee played on and the ball was cleared from the Braintree line. 

Both Simon Heslop and Robbie Evans were left to rue opportunities that saw their efforts saved by Wales U19 keeper Crowe. While Beck got in two headers that were very close to opening the scoring. 

The home side really only had a Harry Anderson shot blocked by Manny Smith and a Sam Habergham free kick to their name. 

Ht 0-0 

Little happened in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, but the home side certainly denied space and time to the Welshmen to continue their first half superiority. 

The closest we got was a nice passing play that ended with Sean Newton sending over a cross that landed on the roof of the Braintree net with the keeper back pedalling. 

The home side dis pass up a great chance on 65 minutes, when a flick header saw the ball land at the feet of Kenny Davis, but the midfielder rifled his shot over Taylor’s crossbar. 

A quick Braintree break on 71 minutes saw Carrington caught out of position and his pull back of Sim Akinola earned his a yellow card and gave the home side a free kick 25 yards out. 

Miles was waiting to come onto the pitch for Anderson, he trotted over to the dead ball and with any warning crashed his effort into the back of the Wrexham net. 

Buoyed by their lead, the home team launched a series of attacks with Akinola in particular firing on sight, although all his efforts carried into the terracing nd beyond. 

Not for the first time in Braintree, Wrexham’s went from bad to worse as a red card reduced their ranks. Carrington pulled back another speeding attacker and he was heading for the dressing rooms for collecting second caution with ten minutes remaining. 

With Blaine Hudson on for Beck, the Dragons went with three at the back and pushed both Jennings and Newton forward, in a desperate search for an equaliser. 

This was bound to leave spaces in defence and Marks almost exploited one occasion when he found space to tuck a shot under the advancing Taylor, but it only hit a post and rebounded to safety. 

Into added time and substitute Briscoe almost became the hero on his debut, but his shot from distance was deflected off the leg of a defender and carried just over the Braintree crossbar. 

So yet another long trip to Essex ended in disappointment. 

Braintree: Crowe, Clerima, Phillips, Fry, Habergham, Paine, Davis (Issac 81), Woodyard, Anderson (Miles 72)), Akinola, Cheek (Marks 61). 
Subs: Edgar, Haigh. 

Wrexham: Taylor, Carrington, M Smith, Fyfield, Newton, Evans, Heslop, Jennings, York. Beck (Hudson 80), Jackson (Briscoe 76). 
Subs: Moke, Gray, Vose. 

Referee: Chris Powell (Dorset)
Attendance: 484 
Away: 40ish 

Sending Off -
Wrexham: Carrington (80, second caution) 

Bookings -
Braintree: Anderson (25 foul), Cheek (32 foul), Paine (45 foul) 
Wrexham: Carrington (71, foul), Heslop (63, foul) 

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