Wrexham pose last test of season for Iron
MIDFIELDER Jai Reason hopes Braintree Town’s team spirit and will to win enables Iron to pull off one final shock in the Blue Square Bet Premier today.
The Iron travel to promotion hopesfuls Wrexham, currently in second place, and are destined to finish their maiden campaign at their highest-ever level in 12th position.
Town drew 0-0 with the high-flying Welshmen earlier in the season, one of a number of impressive results achieved by Alan Devonshire’s part-timers.
Braintree were written by many pundits at the start of the season but Reason is not surprised at the progress made by the Iron this season.
“I think people looking from outside the club were tipping us for relegation,” said Reason, who is out-of-contract next month.
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“We were promoted in the summer and back then I was telling people to be aware of us and that we were capable of causing one or two upsets.
“People don’t realise how important team spirit is and that goes a long way in football. We have got a great bunch of lads who want to work for each other and the manager and in many ways, the club is like a smaller version of Ipswich, a real family club.
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“Everyone knows each other and gets on and that, along with our team spirit, has seen us dig deep this season and seen us gain some good results at places such as Grimsby and Forest Green and get us through the bad times at such places at York.”
Manager Alan Devonshire will be without star striker Sean Marks for today’s final game in North Wales after thye club failed in thier attempts to appeal the frontman’s second yellow card in last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to York.
n Braintree will entertain Ipswich Town at the Amlin Stadium in a pre-season friendly on July 24, 7.30pm kick-off.