Jamie Griffiths training at Braintree Town as Iron host Southend

FORMER Ipswich Town midfielder Jamie Griffiths could sign for Braintree Town after manager Alan Devonshire confirmed the 20-year-old trained with the Iron on Thursday evening.

The Bury St Edmunds-born schemer played nine games on loan at Plymouth Argyle earlier in the season, and was sent off in his last appearance for the Pilgrims, before being released from Portman Road last December.

The left-sided player could provide competition for another former Blues youngster, Jai Reason, who has been one of Iron’s success stories this season.

Devonshire must also make his mind up on Brendan Kiernan, the AFC Wimbledon player who came on as a sub in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Kettering in Blue Square Bet Premier, now his month’s loan spell is at an end.

“Jamie trained with us on Thursday night and he might be someone we look at before the end of the season,” said Devonshire.

“He (Brendan) has only played three games for us so far (prior to Saturday), so it has been hard to judge.”

First-half goals from the strike-force of Ben Wright and Sean Marks secured a home win for the Iron over the Poppies on Saturday.

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They took a 15th minute lead via Wright’s penalty, after skipper Sol Davis had handled in the box. It was Wright’s 12th goal of the season.

Kettering were reduced to 10 men on the half-hour mark, when Jerel Ifil was sent off for putting a hand in the face of Marks.

Marks netted Iron’s second at the perfect time, just before the interval, with his first goal in six games, heading home Reason’s cross.

Djoumin Sangare halved the deficit for the visitors with a low drive on the hour mark, but they were reduced to nine men following Patrick Noubissie’s dismissal in the 78th minute for a second bookable offence.

Manager Devonshire said: “I’m just glad we didn’t get any serious injuries today.

“Sometimes you have to be able to stand up to the physical side of the game, but I felt we had enough chances to win the game very comfortably.”

Meanwhile, Braintree will entertain League Two promotion hopefuls Southend United in a friendly fixture at Cressing Road tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.30pm). Admission is �5 adults and �3 concessions.

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