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Braintree Town gunning for back-to-back home wins, while Heybridge Swifts hit the road again

PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 20 March 2017

Sam Corne is all smiles after netting a brace in Braintree Town's 2-0 win over Southport. He will be gunning for more goals against Woking. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY

Sam Corne is all smiles after netting a brace in Braintree Town's 2-0 win over Southport. He will be gunning for more goals against Woking. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY

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Braintree Town will virtually guarantee their National League status, into a seventh season, if they can complete quickfire back-to-back home victories tomorrow evening, against struggling Woking (kick-off 7.45pm).

Jack Midson poses an attacking threat for Braintree against Southport on Saturday. He should again spearhead The Iron's attack alongside Michael Cheek against Woking. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY Jack Midson poses an attacking threat for Braintree against Southport on Saturday. He should again spearhead The Iron's attack alongside Michael Cheek against Woking. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY

Fresh from a valuable 2-0 home win over basement dwellers Southport on Saturday, The Iron will open up a decisive 10-point advantage over fourth-from-bottom Woking if they can beat the Surrey visitors, in the process extending the gap between themselves and the drop zone to 10 points.

Completing a league double over Woking, following a 3-2 win at Kingfield Stadium last October, would boost The Iron’s points tally to 48, with seven games still left.

In recent years, Welling stayed up with just 45 points in 2014-15, while Guiseley avoided relegation with 49 points last season.

A brace of goals from midfielder Sam Corne eased Braintree to victory over Southport, much to the delight of manager Hakan Hayrettin.

Braintree Town's Kris Twardek, causing problems for Southport's defence during Saturday's 2-0 home win. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY Braintree Town's Kris Twardek, causing problems for Southport's defence during Saturday's 2-0 home win. Picture: ALAN STUCKEY

“Full marks to all the players for working together and getting three vital points, and also keeping a clean sheet,” enthused Hayrettin.

In fact, this was Iron’s fifth clean-sheet in their last nine league games, an impressive statistic and one that suggests the Essex club are capable of finishing in a comfortable mid-table position.

This new-found miserly defensive record is all the more remarkable when considered that they have had countless injuries to centre-halves, to the extent that 20-year-old Christian Mbulu, signed on a short-term loan from Millwall, was the latest to make his debut on Saturday, alongside man-of-the-match Manny Parry.

Meanwhile, Heybridge Swifts are in action in Ryman North tomorrow evening, away at play-off chasing Thurrock.

The Swifts have still not pulled away from the relegation zone, although they were on the verge of recording an away win at Romford on Saturday, until conceding two injury-time goals in a 3-3 draw.

Jody Brown’s men are four points clear of the drop zone, with seven games remaining. Tomorrow is their game in hand, although it’s a tough one against fourth-placed Thurrock, who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at lowly Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

Summer signing Joe Garner scored his sixth goal of pre-season as Ipswich Town defeated Colchester United, 1-0, in a friendly at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Ipswich Town beat Colchester United 1-0 in a pre-season game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Mick McCarthy has named a team mixed with youth and experience for tonight’s pre-season friendly at Colchester United.

Ipswich Town head to local rivals Colchester United tonight, as the Blues’ preparations for the new Championship season step up a notch.

The best young female footballers in the region will be coming to Ipswich Town as the club saw off strong competition from other teams to partner the Football Association and host the FA Women’s U21 East Region Academy.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is confident he will have a striker signed before his side’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road, in just 11 days’ time.

Scorelines may not matter during pre-season, but the manner of performances and the attitudes of players in friendlies, such as tonight’s at Colchester United, do. Chris Brammer looks ahead ​to the game in Essex.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers knows his place in the team is not guaranteed this season.

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