Destiny in their own hands – Braintree Town gun for the play-offs

Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton, hopes to guide his side to the play-offs this weekend. PICTURE:

Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton, hopes to guide his side to the play-offs this weekend. PICTURE: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Braintree Town players have their destiny in their own hands in making the Vanarama National League South play-off finals – all they need to do is to beat visitors Gloucester City at Cressing Road tomorrow afternoon.

A win and three points will see them home and dry even if their nearest challengers St Albans City win their final game away to Bath City and Iron assistant manager Andy Porter is confident the players will rise to the occasion and “do the business.”

Porter, who stood in for the flu-stricken boss Brad Quinton during Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Oxford City, said the players know the importance of winning this final game.

“They are as disappointed with the Oxford result as we are, and that our recent winning run was halted by the draw,” said Porter.

“There may well be one or two changes in the starting line-up on Saturday.

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“But Brad and I will discuss this when the dust has settled.

“To see what we have achieved since coming in at the start of the season with practically no players or anywhere near a settled team is really quite remarkable.

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“We now need to get the job done properly on Saturday. We are more than capable.”

Porter said both he and Quinton have been as players themselves been involved in play-off situation so they know the pressures involved and he added: “We’ll be trying to take some of the pressure off them so they can concentrate individually and as a team on the game.

“Everyone can see how disappointed the players are themselves after the Oxford game and I know they will be working hard to get back to winning ways.

“We have some great characters in the dressing room and that translates to helping out on the pitch in every game.

“They just have to improve on their work-rate and general play.”

Porter said keeping another clean sheet and not conceding a goal against Oxford was also important.

“It’s all to play for and I know the fans will get behind the players again just as they did down at Truro.

“But again they gave great support to the lads who really do appreciate and respond to that backing,” he added.

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