Braintree chairman is philosophical about the Iron's final day

Braintree chairman is philosophical about the Iron's final day

Braintree chairman is philosophical about the Iron's final day

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Braintree Town chairman Lee Harding was philosophical about how his team fared on the final day of the 2013/14 season.

The Iron knew they had to beat Grimsby Town in their last match to stand any chance of finishing in the Skrill Premier’s top five as well as hoping Gateshead lost to Cambridge and there was a three-goal swing in their favour in terms of goal difference.

In the end none of those things happened as Braintree failed to break down the Mariners’ defence in a 0-0 stalemate but still ended up sixth in the table – a highest-ever position for the club.

Harding said: “It wasn’t just about the last day, it was about results over the course of the season.

“You get yourself relegated or promoted over the course of 46 games, not just the last one.

“We played well again in this one and it got fairly desperate at the end but we couldn’t get the goal we needed to put the pressure on Gateshead.

“Fair play to them as they won at home and deserve to be in the play-offs.

“They finished third in the end and good luck to them, but you have to philosophical and say we continue to make progress.

“What was a 12th-place finish two years ago became ninth last year and is now sixth.

“It will be very hard to better that next year, but we know what we have to do.”

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10:50am Sun 27 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Yes, overall an absolutely fantastic season for Braintree! Well done to the board, management team and players! You deserve more recognition from the media than you received. Make no mistake, with the amount of games you had to endure so late on, often playing 3 games in a week whilst other clubs above you had only two games maximum, and often against teams above you also vying for play-off places, the achievement is superb! You will find it difficult to repeat such a successful season next season, but then again, who knows? The club continues to become more and more successful and looks as though it is going to continue. The loss of the on loan player from Watford, Bernard Mensah up front due to injury, cost you at a crucial time but I am sure that you will try to keep him when fit again or find another alternative and I am very confident of further success next season. It was a joy to watch a few games this season, having watched Colchester as a season ticket holder this season and I was surprised but very pleased to see Gerry Carter in the club shop, a club shop albeit smaller, had more to offer and at affordable prices, unlike Colchester's club shop which is under-stocked, with limited availability of some items and expensive. Once again, well done the Iron!
Yes, overall an absolutely fantastic season for Braintree! Well done to the board, management team and players! You deserve more recognition from the media than you received. Make no mistake, with the amount of games you had to endure so late on, often playing 3 games in a week whilst other clubs above you had only two games maximum, and often against teams above you also vying for play-off places, the achievement is superb! You will find it difficult to repeat such a successful season next season, but then again, who knows? The club continues to become more and more successful and looks as though it is going to continue. The loss of the on loan player from Watford, Bernard Mensah up front due to injury, cost you at a crucial time but I am sure that you will try to keep him when fit again or find another alternative and I am very confident of further success next season. It was a joy to watch a few games this season, having watched Colchester as a season ticket holder this season and I was surprised but very pleased to see Gerry Carter in the club shop, a club shop albeit smaller, had more to offer and at affordable prices, unlike Colchester's club shop which is under-stocked, with limited availability of some items and expensive. Once again, well done the Iron! Ozzie
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