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26 February 2013

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The only way is Braintree

It’s Saturday-Tuesday until the end of the season and after this afternoon the Town are on the road on Tuesday when they make one of their shorter journeys of the season, to Braintree.


Who? Braintree, nicknamed the Iron, were formed in 1898 as Manor Works, a local firm who specialise in steel framed windows, which is where the nickname Iron originates.

Where? Braintree play their home games at Cressing Road, or for the men with the money, The Amlin Stadium. Fairly straightforward to get to heading around the M25, other major motorways are available, simply press CM7 3RD into the sat-nav and you’re half-way there.

MotorJoys! Agreed motorways are never really straightforward so for those of you wanting a more scenic route and bypassing the concrete runways, the A120 will take you a little over one and a half hours.

Bring a brolley Town fans will be shepherded into the Quag End which can facilitate for up to 1,000 travelling fans. This section of the 90-year-old ground was redeveloped last year but without a roof. If it rains, you have been warned. A bit of rain can't dampen the Town spirits though, can it?

Catch the coach... Bobbers will of course be providing travel coaches to and from the ground for those of you who would rather avoid the agony of driving. The fare is £18 for adults and £15 for concessions. Call 01234 856542 to book your space. The coach leaves the Maple Road car park at 4.30pm.

The Only Way Is Essex This will be the Hatters' second trip to Cressing Road and hopefully it will be happier than the last. Days prior to Paul Buckle's appointment last season, the Hatters were comfortably beaten 3-1 by the Iron. Nothing 'reem' about that performance.

Brainy-Tree For the statisticians amongst us, this will be the fourth game between the two sides in which the Iron have come out on top twice. On top of that 3-1 win at Cressing Road last April, they completed back-to-back victories over the Hatters in October with a 3-2 win here at Kenilworth Road. It's not been all doom and gloom for the Hatters, however, who strolled to a comprehensive 3-1 win back in August 2011 thanks to a first-half brace from Amari Morgan-Smith and a Jake Howells strike.

Loaning Link There is a familiar figure that will grace both squad lists on Tuesday, despite his ineligibility to appear. Dan Walker scored for the Hatters in the 3-2 defeat to Braintree early this season and was then loaned out to Essex to help their battle against the drop.

Iron out the Cressings...The Hatters will travel to Essex knowing the Iron have struggled to find consistency in front of their home fans. Their hosting of the Hatters will complete a hat-trick of home ties in the space of just 10 days.

Did you know? Dance band The Prodigy, who enjoyed chart success in the 1990s, hail from Braintree.

Town team news Jon Shaw (hamstring) and Danny Spiller and Garry Richards are the only players unavailable for the Town for the trip to Braintree. 

Live and online We'll have full coverage on this evening. Full social media text commentary will be streamed to the official site, as will live audio commentary via Hatters Player. Post-match a full report, reaction, photographs and interviews will also appear.

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