Braintree Town 1 Wrexham AFC 2


Richard Williams

Wrexham beat Braintree Town 2-1 at Cressing Road and registered back to back away wins for the first time this season.

With 52 points on the board, Wrexham will almost certainly be playing National League football again next term, and they still hae 10 games to go.

Wrexham got off to the worst possible start as Braintree took the lead after just 39 seconds, leading scorer Michael Cheek converting after the Reds failed to deal with a corner.

But it was 1-1 on five minutes as Wrexham quickly equalised, Izale McLeod pulled the ball back for striker Ntumba Massanka who fired past Sam Beasant for his second Reds goal.

Both sides had chances in an open and end to end first half, but Wrexham took the lead in the 65th minute.

Paul Rutherford cut in from the right and his cross found Ollie Shenton whose deflected shot found the back of the net.

Reece Hall-Johnson had a goal disallowed for Braintree and then headed wide while Massanka brought a superb save out of Beasant at the other end, but Wrexham had done enough.

Wrexham (4-4-2): Dunn; Carrington, Riley, Tilt, Jennings; Barry, Penn, Rutherford, Shenton (Evans 90); Massanka (Smith 84), McLeod (White 60). Subs not used: Jalal, Lund.

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