Braintree and Bury looking to secure back-to-back wins as they prepare for action this evening

Bury manager Ben Chenery

Bury manager Ben Chenery - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Braintree Town, fresh from a commanding 4-0 win at Altrincham in the National League last Saturday, have a chance of bursting into the play-off zone when they host high-flying Woking tonight (7.45pm).

The seventh-placed Iron are just two points behind Woking, who currently occupy the last play-off berth.

Gary Hill’s side were beaten 1-0 by Cheltenham on Saturday, although the previous Tuesday they had become the first side to take points off leaders Forest Green Rovers, via a 2-1 win.

Ex-Chelmsford City striker Michael Cheek scored the opener against Altrincham, and won the penalty for Iron’s second, converted by skipper Kenny Davis, before the Essex side added two injury-time goals.

“It was great for me to start a game, rather than just come on off the bench,” enthused Cheek.

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“I am really enjoying it, and should on the day have probably had a hat-trick.”

Two of Braintree’s team have been called up to the England C squad, for next weekend’s training camp at Warwick University, ahead of the International Challenge Trophy.

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It is a first England C (under-23) call-up for left-back Sam Habergham, although team-mate Alex Woodyard, a summer recruit from Concord Rangers, has been involved with the national team before.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Bury Town entertain mid-table Cheshunt in a Ryman League North fixture at Ram Meadow this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Ben Chenery’s side, following relegation last term, have begun this campaign with five wins and four draws from their first nine league fixtures. They too are eying up a play-off spot, having won 3-2 at Haringey Borough on Saturday, via early goals by Bradley Barber (penalty), Noel Atkins and Craig Nurse.

Also in Ryman North, Maldon & Tiptree travel to Hornchurch, while Brightlingea Regent host AFC Sudbury and Witham are away at Dereham.

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