Match Report - Braintree Town - Home
Wynter, Bettache, Crook
Poole suffered their second 3 goal home defeat in the last three, in a game which sent Braintree Town top of the league. They will now have to wait until December for a chance to record their first home league win of the season.
The first half was a fairly even contest. Roberts superb free kick on 15 minutes went just wide of the post while Okoye’s header from a corner on 27 minutes hit the post. However Poole had possibly the best chance of the half when, on 42 minutes, Bentley cleverly sent Brooks through on goal but his shot went narrowly wide. Poole certainly matched Braintree even though Braintree probably ended the half stonger. Bedford made some great runs down th ewing but then let himslef down with his final ball.
The game changed following Spetch’s sending off for a second yellow, both appearing quite soft, on 49 minutes. Braintree took full advantage of the extra man with Hutchings pulling off a couple of great saves before the ball fell nicely for Wynter to stroke home on 59 minutes. Poole pushed for the equaliser with Brooks heading on to the cross bar minutes later. However, Bettache doubled Braintree’s lead on 75 minutes with some clever step overs on the right side before smashing the fall in to the top corner. As Poole pushed men forward Braintree countered and a simple cross allowed Crook to tap in for Braintree’s third. Braintree then comfortably saw the game out.
A tough result for Poole, following an impressive away win last week. Braintree capitalised on their 1 man advantage in ruthless fashion.
I may have been critical of Poole in other games they have lost – but not today. The sending off completely altered the game. The second goal was top quality. Hutch could not be faulted for any of the goals. With 1 man down and chasing the game it was almost inevitable Braintree would take advantage which is what happened for the third goal. Felt like all the big decisions went against us. What is worrying is luck seems not to be with us this season.
Need to pick ourselves back up and continue our strong away form – with 2 of the teams below us picking up points today.
Match report by Peter Leppington