NEW signing George Quantrell had a big impact as Braintree Town won 4-0 at Canvey Island in their latest pre-season friendly, writes DAVID WARD.

The 20 year-old midfielder netted a spectacular debut goal and putting in an impressive 90 minutes of work with his new team-mates.

Quantrell, signed from Leiston, showed some near individual skills, working hard and tackling back in defence when needed and never wasted a pass all evening.

Braintree assistant manager Steve Pitt, who took charge of the team at Canvey with boss Angelo Harrop away on holiday, was impressed by Quantrell.

Pitt said: "He has come in and immediately settled and worked really hard with some great inter-play from midfield.

"We are excited to have him on board and believe he has the potential to do really well at National League level."


Pitt added: "It was a good, all-round performance from all the players involved because we had pace throughout the side, looked solid at the back and always looked a danger when going forward.

"We showed determination throughout the side, created some excellent moves going forward and we were so clinical with out finishing.

"I think we should have scored more goals but at least we created the chances.

"I know scorelines don't really matter in these game it was good to get such a comprehensive win and also not concede any goals."

Braintree took the lead on eight minutes from the penalty spot when in-form Nnamdi Nwachuku kept up his scoring spree, having been brought down en route to goal.

The Iron, playing their best football so far in this pre-season campaign, saw several chances go begging.


But it was debutant Quantrell who increased Braintree's lead on 33 minutes when from deep out on the right wing, he crossed the ball high into the far top corner of the net to make it 2-0.

Whether the youngster meant it as a cross or shot is immaterial because it was simply a superb delivery that beat the hosts' tall keeper all ends up.

The best was to come though when a minute from half-time a superb move up field involving slick passing saw Nwachuku sprint into the home area to slide home a low shot into the corner of the net from the final pass from the left wing.

Braintree made a few changes at half-time and gave some triallists a run out.


But the Iron continued to sweep upfield with some excellent moves that left the home defence reeling.

Alfie Payne, Quantrill and Chris Regis all went close while Nwachuku, looking for a hat-trick, saw shots narrowly miss the target on three occasions.

On 72 minutes the Iron added a fourth when Payne was hauled down in the area and Regis sent the resultant penalty high into the home net.

Overall, it was an extremely impressive workout by the Iron which left Pitts satisfied.

He added: "We have to continue with all this good work, effort and commitment as we know when the serious league business starts it will be much tougher.

"But we're pleased with the progress so far."

Next up for the Iron is an away trip to Needham Market in another pre-season friendly this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.