NON-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK: Braintree's Iron Resolve
Metcalf, Rupert, The Independent (London, England)
IN THEIR first Ryman League Premier Division season Braintree Town have exceeded all expectations and are riding high at the top of the table, ahead of far more fancied rivals.
A strong Essex challenge for the title was expected this campaign - but from Canvey Island, who were runners-up to Farnborough Town last term and also won the FA Umbro Trophy. Two goals from the former Ipswich Town striker Neil Gregory earned Canvey a 2-0 home win on Tuesday over Maidenhead United, which moved them up to second place, but they are still in the shadow of Braintree.
It is only 10 years since Braintree, once the works team of a window manufacturing company, left the Eastern Counties League. The Iron, as they are known, initially moved up to the Southern League, but for financial reasons they switched to the Ryman in 1996. In just five years they have climbed from the Third Division to the top of the Premier.
Last Saturday Braintree demonstrated their resilience by recovering from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 home win over Hampton & Richmond Borough. But despite the excitement of his side's superb start to the season, the Iron's manager Ben Embery is not …
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Publication information: Article title: NON-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK: Braintree's Iron Resolve. Contributors: Metcalf, Rupert - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 19, 2001. Page number: 30. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.