BRAINTREE TOWN slid to a 2-0 defeat at home to FC Halifax Town, on the opening day of the new National League season.

Brad Quinton’s Iron were thwarted in their attempts to make a winning start after conceding goals in either half, at the Ironmongery Direct Stadium.

Elliot Harrison put the visitors ahead three minutes before the break and Danny Clarke made it two on 65 minutes.

Braintree return to action at Barnet on Tuesday.