Braintree’s Matt Paine hoping for FA Trophy progress

Braintree's Matt Paine getting stuck into the thick of the action

Braintree's Matt Paine getting stuck into the thick of the action - Credit: Archant

Braintree Town’s Matt Paine has demanded for his side to win in 90 minutes today and progress into the last 16 of the FA Trophy.

The Iron host Lincoln City this afternoon in the second round proper of the prestigious competition and Paine is keen for his side to advance.

“In my eyes, we need to win tomorrow,” said ex-Colchester United trainee Paine.

“We certainly don’t want a replay and will be looking to win in 90 minutes.”

Paine, who is likely to partner captain Kenny Davis in the middle of midfield today, is hoping the Iron can use today’s game to mount a successful Christmas period.

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“We’ve been in fairly good form all season and want to carry that on,” said Paine.

“Ideally we’d like a game like the last round with a clean sheet and a couple of goals so we can take confidence into the busy Christmas fixture list.”

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Paine continued: “We want to win every game we play in.

“Our main objective is obviously the league but we’re doing fairly well in that so I don’t see any reason why we should take the Trophy lightly.

“We’re only four games from Wembley and we should be focussed on getting there.”

Braintree convincingly defeated fellow Conference Premier outfit Welling United 3-0 in the previous round of this competition and welcome an inconsistent Lincoln side to The Amlin Stadium today.

“We haven’t played against them this season but I’m sure the gaffer will know their strengths and weaknesses,” said Paine, who has played over 100 senior appearances for the Iron.

“Tomorrow’s just another game for us and we want to use our home advantage to full effect.

“We’ve been good at home this year and it’s not an easy place for the opposition to come.”

One player Paine is hoping will stand-out tomorrow is striker Dan Holman.

Holman has taken his time to find his goalscoring feet this term but scored both goals in last weekend’s 2-0 triumph over Chester.

“It was great to see Dan score a couple,” said Paine.

“It’ll hopefully give him the confidence to get more because he’s a key player for us.”

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