Injury-hit Braintree grab the win at Macclesfield
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Macclesfield 0 Braintree Town 1
Liam Enver-Marum marked his first start for patched-up Braintree Town by bagging the winner at struggling Macclesfield in the Skrill Conference on Saturday.
Ex-Ebbsfleet striker Enver-Marum, recruited over the summer, has had to be patient due to the continued good form of fellow front-men Sean Marks and Dan Holman.
But in the absence of both Marks and Holman (an unused substitute) at Moss Rose, it was Enver-Marum who took centre stage by celebrating his second goal in an Iron shirt to clinch all three points.
Having bagged a last minute goal in Iron’s previous away match, a 2-0 win at Dartford, Enver-Marum slotted home a right-footed shot past keeper Rhys Taylor just two minutes into the second half.
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It was rich reward for an unfamiliar-looking Braintree side – not only were strikers Marks and Holman unavailable, but both centre-halves, Alan Massey and Dean Wells, were suspended.
Enver-Marum and Jordan Cox were given starts up front, while the back four was reorganised. There was a start for defender Sam Griffiths, the former Brentford youth development captain, and a recall for winger James Mulley after injury.
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And it was Cox and Enver-Marum who combined for the winning goal, exchanging a one-two from keeper Nathan McDonald’s big clearance before Enver-Marum did the rest with his close-range lob over the advancing Taylor.
Enver-Marum had another goal ruled out for offside in the 56th minute, but Iron had to soak up some pressure as Macclesfield went in search of an equaliser during the final half-hour.
Although Alan Devonshire’s men have so far taken just three points from three home games, their away form has been excellent with seven points accumulated already. They are up to ninth in the table.
By contrast, Macclesfield are still waiting for their first win of the season, sitting in the bottom four with just three points from six games.
Wells still has two matches of a three-game ban to serve, but fellow centre-half Massey will be available again for next Saturday’s home game against Forest Green Rovers.
BRAINTREE: McDonald, Peters, Paine, Habergham, Griffiths, Isaac, Davis, Daley, Mulley, Cox, Enver-Marum (sub Sparkes, 89). Unused subs: Symons, Holman, Carney, Hamann