Braintree Town hoping to end 540-minute wait for a Vanarama Conference goal against Wrexham today

Braintree Town striker Jordan Cox (orange) was the Iron's last league goalscorer

Braintree Town striker Jordan Cox (orange) was the Iron's last league goalscorer - Credit: Archant

Braintree Town will look to end an awful and agonising 540-minute wait for a Vanarama Conference goal this afternoon as they host Wrexham in league duties.

The Iron slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Dover Athletic on Tuesday evening, meaning they have now gone six league games without scoring a goal.

Alan Devonshire’s men also drew a blank last weekend as they came up short in the heavy 6-0 FA Cup defeat to League One Chesterfield.

The Essex side currently sit in 16th position in the Conference, just three points above the relegation zone.

Mid-table Wrexham, who have endured a fine November so far after FA Cup progression and creditable draws against play-off loitering opposition in Halifax and Woking, visit Cressing Road this afternoon,

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The Dragons, who finished ninth in the Conference Premier last season, come into the game without a win in their last six league games.

In fact, Kevin Wilkin’s men have accumulated just four points from a last possible 18 – giving Braintree a great chance to end their wait for a league goal and a league win.

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Young on-loan Ipswich defender Omar Sowunmi has returned to Portman Road and missed the midweek defeat, but Matt Paine, Jordan Cox, and Remi Clerima made a return to the starting line-up against Dover, and will look to keep their places.

Striker Cox was the Iron’s last league goalscorer against Gateshead on October 4, and is likely to partner Simeon Akinola upfront as Charlie Strutton continues to build up his fitness levels following his return from a lengthy injury.

Elsewhere, in the Vanarama Conference North, Lowestoft Town will look to build on Tuesday evening’s excellent 1-1 draw away at Manchester-based Stalybridge Celtic with a home win over Tamworth this afternoon.

Despite sitting in a lowly 19th-place, Tamworth enter the game having lost just once in their last five.

Meanwhile, in the Vanarama Conference South, Chelmsford City travel to Whitehawk, where new Aston Villa loanee goalkeeper Bradley Watkins could make his debut, having joined the Clarets in a three-month loan deal on Thursday.

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