Angels can’t take their chances
In truth there was not much to choose between these two sides but Braintree had what Angejs didn’t - a cutting edge.
It was a first period when Angels arguably saw more of the ball but Braintree took their chances well to go into the break a comfortable two goals ahead.
On 12 minutes with the visitors deep in the home side’s half there was a sudden breakaway from Braintree with the ball at the feet of Amantchi the tall striker was able to lob Henly who was well off his line.
Tonbridge huffed and puffed and if games were won on corner counts then they would have been well ahead but the Braintree defence was standing tall and their goalkeeper Sims only had one save of note on 36 minutes from an effort by centre back Swift.
Braintree should have gone further ahead through Reynolds on 25 minutes with the goal at his mercy but he made up for it on the stroke of half time cutting in from the left wing and giving Henly no chance.
With the two goal cushion the hosts looked far more confident and were generally in control of affairs in the opening stages of the second period although Card did strike a post. A coming together in the 70th minute however led to a fight near the dugouts and once the referee had sorted it out he sent off Tonbridge’s Tommie Fagg.
As often the case the 10 men with perhaps a feeling of injustice upped their game and there was more presence around their attack. However despite efforts from Collins and substitute Addy, Braintree ran out comfortable winners despite losing goal so Amantchi to a red card late on.
Afterwards, Angels Boss said Jay Saunders said: Credit Braintree, they’ve taken their chances when they came and despite a lot of effort from us we haven’t been able to convert ours.”
Photo : Ian Clear. Ben Swift rises highest in an Angels raid.