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Iron hit the goal trail as pre-season friendlies begin in earnest
BRAINTREE TOWN hit the goal trail in their two pre-season friendlies on Saturday.
Jordan Cox netted twice as the Iron kicked-off with a 4-0 victory at STANWAY ROVERS.
That game kicked-off at 11.30am and then, at 3pm, another Braintree XI cruised to a 7-0 success at Long Melford.
Their goal-scorers in that game were Dan Sparkes (3), Sean Marks (2), Chez Isaac from the penalty spot and Ronnie Hawkins.
Elsewhere, BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT lost 4-2 at home to Leiston.
Phil Kelly and Jake Turner were on target for James Webster's side.
MALDON & TIPTREE and HALSTEAD TOWN knew they were in for tough afternoons against Conference South opposition.
Terry Spillane's Maldon entertained Chelmsford City and ended up losing 3-0.
Halstead went down 5-0 at home to Concord Rangers.
WITHAM TOWN were away to Ware and lost 1-0, with the solitary goal coming in the second half, while FC CLACTON had a hastily-arranged friendly at Essex & Suffolk Border League side Coggeshall.
Glenn Eldridge's side ended up winning 7-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Jake Plane, two from Aaron Condon – last season's top scorer – and two from youngster Kalon Harms.
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS play their first friendly on Tuesday night, at home to Colchester United, but the club's entire squad – first team and under-21s – were involved in a practice match at the Garrison.
WIVENHOE TOWN'S first game is at Brightlingsea on July 23.
For full non-league coverage, including pictures and reaction, see Monday's Daily Gazette.