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29th October 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 18.
http://i.imgur.com/wvgHJ2R.png

Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Brundle, Paine, Habergham; Modeste, Miles*, Woodyard, Nolan, Sparkes; Payne**.
Subs: Marrs, Pipe*, Emmanuel**, Akinola, Strutton.

What a fantastic win against top of the table Tranmere. Kenny Davis is having an absolutely amazing season and scored another two goals for us. He started off at right back before I moved him to centre midfield at half time. We are on some good form now and hopefully can reach the Play Offs if this continues.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (9.0)
League Position: 11th
Next Opponent: Halifax (A)
30th October 2016
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We have completed the signing of experienced midfielder/striker Ben Strevens. He will come in and work with the youth team as well as giving me an option on the pitch. He made 32 appearances last season at this level for Eastleigh so I think he still has the quality at this level.

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1st November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 19.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Brundle, Paine, Habergham; Emmanuel, Strevens, Woodyard, Nolan*, Sparkes; Payne**.
Subs: Pipe, Miles*, Modeste, Akinola**, Strutton.

Disappointed to not get the win but really happy to have kept up our unbeaten run. I decided to give Ben Strevens a start and he did well grabbing an assist for Habergham's goal. It was Sam Habergham's first goal of his career.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (9.0)
League Position: 12th
Next Opponent: Welling (H)
5th November 2016 - Emirates FA Cup - First Round.
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Starting XI: Walker; Pipe ©, Brundle*, N'Gala, Habergham; Modeste, Strevens, Woodyard, Nolan**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Paine*, Miles**, Emmanuel, Payne***, Strutton.

Bondz N'Gala's second half header was enough to gain a replay against Cheltenham. We played quite a rotated side and it is pleasing to have avoided defeat. Looking forward to seeing how we fare in the replay.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (9.0)
Next Opponent: Welling (H)
12th November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 20.
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Starting XI: Walker; Pipe ©, Brundle, N'Gala, Habergham; Modeste*, Isaac**, Woodyard, Miles, Sparkes; Strevens***.
Subs: Paine, Nolan*, Payne**, Akinola, Emmanuel***.

Made a few changes for this one and decided to throw Chez Isaac straight into the side following his injury. We dominated from start to finish and despite conceding a weak penalty late on, we managed to come away with the win.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (9.0)
League Position: 10th
Next Opponent: Lincoln (H)
12th November 2016
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It's a real shame to seeing Modeste ruled out for pretty much the rest of the season. He has had a few knocks recently so had been in and out of the team but he had really come into form recently. Time for Moses Emmanuel to step up and make that left midfield birth his own.
12th November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - League Table
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Twenty matches in and despite our poor start to the league campaign, we are sitting two points away from the Play Off positions. We are thirteen points off relegation so the Play Offs really need to be our aim now.
13th November 2016
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Ah, decision time. Northampton are currently bottom of the League Two table and have offered me the chance of an interview. On paper, they are a much bigger side than Braintree so it is definitely appealing. On the flip side, they are currently in administration which would mean I would not be able to bring in any players if I was offered the job. I have decided to go to the interview and see what happens. Completely undecided at the moment. @Dan, @Suffolk Seasider, @Shedender, what do you think I should do?

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I think if you could save them, it'd be worth it in the long haul. Are you confident enough in your own abilities?

What's their squad like? If it's small and decimated by injuries, then probably not savable!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

Yeah look at the squad size. If you think you can make them better then I'd go for it.
The Man formerly known on SUSIE as Poolie Exile
Give my story a read - Now I would walk 500 miles...

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I'm with @Suffolk Seasider on this one! Think it'd be worth the challenge of not only saving them from relegation but turning around their poor finances too!
New save coming for FM20...:- Heartbreak, misery, but hope on the horizon... https://i.imgur.com/vyxFXJL.png?1
It's up to you at the end of the day @Fola but how long are Northampton likely be in administration for? It's one of them, you could take the job (if you're offered it) and turn the fortunes around and get them healthy financially but you could also regret the switch to Six Fields.
16th November 2016 - Emirates FA Cup - First Round Replay.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Brundle, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Strevens, Woodyard, Miles, Sparkes; Payne.
Subs: Pipe, Brundle, Nolan*, Isaac**, Akinola***.

Thank you for the comments lads. I have taken your comments on board and will have to make a decision when they get back to me. With all the job speculation, I still had a job to do at Braintree against Cheltenham. Unfortunately after a good performance from the lads, we ended up losing out on penalties.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Bondz N'Gala (8.7)
Next Opponent: Lincoln (H)
19th November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 21.
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Starting XI: Walker; Pipe ©*, Brundle, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Nolan, Strevens**, Sparkes; Payne***.
Subs: Phillips, Davis*, Woodyard, Isaac**, Akinola***.

Still no word from Northampton so still fully focused on doing well here at Braintree. In a close game, we were denied due to a late goal from Lincoln. Moses Emmanuel scored a great goal for us on the hour mark.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Moses Emmanuel (7.6)
League Position: 12th
Next Opponent: Kidderminster (A)
20th November 2016
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Well that's the end of that then. It's a shame because I was probably going to take the job. I am enjoying my time at Braintree but the opportunity to join a club with the stature of Northampton doesn't come along every day. I will not be actively looking for a new job mind, I will be looking to gain an unexpected promotion with Braintree.
26th November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 22.
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Starting XI: Walker; Pipe, Paine ©, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Woodyard*, Nolan**, Strevens***, Sparkes; Akinola.
Subs: Brundle*, Davis**, Isaac***, Cheek, Strutton.

After all of the speculation linking me away from the club, it was nice to get a clear answer so I can concentrate on Braintree. Simeon Akinola was given a rare start and he didn't disappoint as he scored a fine equaliser for us. He was a player who I was expecting big things of, lets hope this is the start of something.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (8.9)
League Position: 14th
Next Opponent: Eastleigh (H)
29th November 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 23.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Paine, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Nolan*, Strevens**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Brundle*, Pipe, Isaac**, Cheek, Strutton***.

Brilliant win against a strong Eastleigh side. We dominated from start to finish in a win what should of been more. We defended fantastically and Moses Emmanuel's sixth goal of the season was enough to gain us the win. We face Barrow next who are third in the league.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Kenny Davis (7.8)
League Position: 10th
Next Opponent: Barrow (A)
I'm sure you'll get a job in the Football League eventually @Fola, got to keep plugging away w/ Braintree.
3rd December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 24.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Paine*, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Nolan, Strevens**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Brundle*, Pipe, Isaac**, Cheek, Strutton***.

What a win and what a great performance from the lads. Barrow were sitting in third position in the table but we more than deserved our win. Mitch Brundle came off the bench to head in the winner before a rare goal and appearance from Charlie Strutton off the bench secured us the win. The Play Offs are getting closer.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (9.0)
League Position: 8th
Next Opponent: Telford (A)
6th December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 25.
http://i.imgur.com/WCI75o3.png

Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Paine, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Brundle*, Isaac**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Pipe, Nolan*, Strevens**, Strutton***, Cheek.

Bore draw. Fair play to Telford as they defended well but we were out of form today and couldn't break them down. Nice to keep our unbeaten run up though.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Kenny Davis (8.1)
League Position: 8th
Next Opponent: Telford (A)
10th December 2016 - FA Trophy - First Round.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Brundle, Paine, Habergham; Emmanuel, Isaac*, Woodyard, Miles, Sparkes; Akinola.
Subs: Pipe, Nolan, Strevens*, Cheek, Strutton.

To be honest, I am really not bothered about this competition but it's nice to get another win. Simeon Akinola scored two classy goals before the in-form Moses Emmanuel secured the win for us. Nice to see Akinola hitting a bit of form.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Kenny Davis (9.0)
Next Opponent: Dagenham (A)
13th December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 26.
http://i.imgur.com/WplxG8U.png

Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©*, Paine, Phillips, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Woodyard, Isaac**, Sparkes; Akinola.
Subs: Pipe*, Nolan, Strevens**, Strutton, Payne.

We managed a draw in a hard fought match away at Dagenham. We went ahead early on through Captain Kenny Davis before they equalised. Simeon Akinola showed why he is keeping top goalscorer Stefan Payne out of the side with a great finish but we couldn't hold on. Not including the penalty loss against Cheltenham, we are now 15 games unbeaten.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (7.6)
League Position: 7th
Next Opponent: Guiseley (H)
I'm sure you'll get a job in the Football League eventually @Fola, got to keep plugging away w/ Braintree.


I hope so mate. It may be with Braintree if we can keep up this form.
It's a shame as I think it would have been a good challenge, but then again so is getting Braintree into the league proper!

Onwards and upwards!
Sometimes you have to stand in the shadows; to see the light.

I hope so mate. It may be with Braintree if we can keep up this form.

Just get Braintree to the Premier League and make Northampton regret not giving you the job.
Having being playing catch up on this story for the last few days, the Northampton job offer was a real cliff hanger for me yesterday when I last checked your progress. They have a decent team in real life - from what I saw of them when they played Notts.

But I hope to see Braintree swapping places with them in League 2 and seeing which of their players might make it in to your team ;-)
Keep checking, keep hoping... can't wait for an update
26th December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 27.
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Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©*, Paine*, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Woodyard, Isaac**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Pipe, Nolan, Strevens*, Brundle**, Payne***.

@Benignsource I'm back! We played really well in this one and centre back Bondz N'Gala's early goal was enough to grab us the win. It should of been more to be honest but we missed a few chances. Nice to keep up the unbeaten run.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Kenny Davis (9.0)
League Position: 6th
Next Opponent: Aldershot (H)
28th December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 28.
http://i.imgur.com/Nl9ZqLu.png

Starting XI: Walker; Davis ©, Paine*, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Woodyard, Isaac**, Sparkes; Akinola***.
Subs: Pipe, Nolan, Strevens*, Brundle**, Payne***.

Decided to play the same side despite only playing two matches a go and it worked a treat. We went a goal down early on but fought back and deserved the win in fairness. I can't see anybody beating us on this form. We've moved into the play off positions too which is pleasing.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Daniel Sparkes (8.9)
League Position: 5th
Next Opponent: Gateshead (A)
31st December 2016 - Vanarama Conference - Matchday 29.
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Starting XI: Walker; Pipe, Paine©, N'Gala, Habergham; Emmanuel, Miles, Woodyard, Isaac*, Sparkes; Akinola**.
Subs: Davis, Nolan, Strevens*, Brundle*, Payne**.

Perfect away performance against Gateshead. We managed to get two early goals from set pieces and continued to dominate for the rest of the match. Easy.

Braintree Man Of The Match: Alex Woodyard (8.7)
League Position: 3rd
Next Opponent: Altrincham (A)
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