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Whatever happens, it has been an appealing season Braintree Town. After finishing final in the National League, the team of part timers managed by a PE Teacher overcame Grimsby Town 1-0 to take a slender lead into what is going to be unquestionably the biggest game in the clubs history this Wednesday. Braintree were playing Isthmian League Football 10 years ago, before consolidating their position in the Conference South and achieving promotion to the Conference National in 2010/2011.
Finishing final above former football league clubs Tranmere, Macclesfield and Wrexham, The Iron’s success has been built on a determined ‘siege mentality’ and robust protection, with a goal difference of +18 comfortably the lowest within the play off places. Last night’s success was their 22nd clean page of the league season achieved on a meagre 25% on control. Only Cheltenham, who won the league at a canter (101 points, 12 points from 2nd place! ) had fewer goals conceded.
To say that Braintree sealed up shot would be a huge disservice, with players such as Simeon Akinola and Michael Cheek offering talent in attack. Kenny Davis, who has a Charlie Adam like capacity appear drastically over his age would suggest, has damaged in 7 goals from protection. Although Braintree’s budget would indicate they are hugely overachieving following years of lower-middle table finishes, the mood Danny Cowley has installed within the camp would suggest that anything is possible : his capacity take the team on to another level has enhanced his status as one of the most talented young operators in the lower echelons of the football pyramid. The famous goal at Guiseley in February, although costing them points, has been used to shore up the squads belief : the players guaranteed that the changing room was cleaned and left immaculate in the face of huge frustration. “We do things properly at Braintree Town” said Cowley : quite right too.
As most of us have decreased gets interested Leicester’s achievements in 2010, it would be a huge disservice not to credit Braintree town whenever they achieve what was perceived to be impossible and grow football league club : and best of all ทีเด็ดเซียน, they don’t have to make the trip up to the sporting chaps at Guiseley again.
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