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|Braintree Earn First Win With EIGHT New Signings!|
|Thursday 19 November 20 I 09:15:56|
It came 24 hours after the news filtered through that veteran George Borg had resigned as manager and was swiftly replaced by former Walthamstow boss Ryan Maxwell.
Maxwell and his assistant Nicky Symons worked very swiftly to bring in no less than EIGHT new players ahead of kick-off and, despite the fact that only skipper Matt Johnson, Olu Olu and Johnville Renee remained from the Iron's 4-0 defeat at Eastbourne Borough last Saturday.
Goalkeeper Patrick Ohman kept a clean sheet on his debut after joining on dual registration from Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division side Carshalton Athletic.
The 25-year-old re-joined Carshalton in the summer from Southern Premier Division South side Walton Casuals, who he had signed for in late January 2020.
The Swedish/Australian keeper had been with Hendon, who he signed for in November 2019 having previously been with Carshalton.
He was also on the books at Egham Town and Chelmsford City. Signed dual registration forms with National League South side Braintree Town in November 2020.
Forward Tom Derry and right back Marcus Johnson-Schuster both arrived from Southern League Premier Division South side Hayes & Yeading United, also on dual forms.
Derry re-joined Hayes & Yeading in October 2020 having been with the Iron`s league rivals Tonbridge Angels, who he joined in February 2019, helping them to promotion by the season`s end.
Derry's first spell with United in January 2015 saw him sign upon his release by National League side Aldershot Town.
He originally came through the youth academy at Charlton Athletic and despite being a regular in the Addicks youth and reserve sides, he was released at the end of his scholarship and signed his first professional contract with Gillingham.
Two loan spells at Conference level followed with Chelmsford City and Eastbourne Borough before he negotiated his release from the Gills and signed permanently for Eastbourne.
In the summer of 2014, a successful trial led to him being signed by Aldershot and he has also spent time with Leatherhead and Kingstonian prior to joining Tonbridge.
Johnson-Schuster also joined Hayes & Yeading in October 2020 having been with another of Braintree`s league rivals, Hungerford Town, last season.
He started out with Plymouth Argyle before signing for Basingstoke Town and then Metropolitan Police during the 2013/14 season.
From there he signed for Swindon Supermarine before returning to Basingstoke in the summer of 2016.
After just over a season with `Stoke he signed for Wealdstone before switching to Hungerford during the 2018/19 season.
Jamaican international left-back Nathan Smith joins the Iron from league rivals Dulwich Hamlet.
The 33-year-old signed for Dulwich in November 2019.
He can play at left-back or centre-back and was with National League side Dagenham & Redbridge in 2018/19 and amassed over 250 appearances for Yeovil Town over two spells at the club.
He started out in non-League football with Enfield, Waltham Forest and Potters Bar Town before being signed by then-League One Yeovil Town in 2008.
He went on to be Yeovil's record appearance holder in the Football League and also spent three seasons at Chesterfield, where he was named fans' player of the year and the players' player of the year in 2013 before re-joining the Glovers.
He is a Jamaican international with two caps for his country.
Just a week after scoring against them, centre-back Taofiq Olomewewe has joined from league rivals Hemel Hempstead Town.
The 23-year-old came through the Nike Academy to sign for Burnley in March 2016.
However, he was released by the Premier League side without making a senior appearance and signed for Isthmian League North outfit Maldon & Tiptree in September 2017.
He was quickly picked up by then-National League South side Wealdstone and spent just over a year with the Stones before going on to have spells with Enfield Town, Worthing, Hendon and in September 2019, Hungerford Town.
He was made skipper of the Crusaders before returning to Essex to join rivals Chelmsford City in January 2020, signing for Hemel in the summer.
Returning to Cressing Road on dual terms from Isthmian Premier side Cray Wanderers is forward Jason Banton (pictured).
The 27-year-old joined Cray in the summer from Isthmian North side Romford, who he joined in early December 2019 from the Iron.
He had been with Braintree after arriving from National League outfit Torquay United in August 2019 having spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Southern Premier South outfit Truro City.
He was an England under-17 international and had a number of clubs as a young player, spending time at Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool and Leicester City, before making his debut in the Football League at Burton Albion in October 2011.
He signed with Crystal Palace in 2012 and was loaned out to Plymouth Argyle and MK Dons before joining Plymouth permanently in January 2014. He signed with Wycombe Wanderers in June 2015 and spent a brief time on loan at Hartlepool United.
In February 2016 he signed for Notts County until the end of the 2015/16 season, he was released by the Magpies at the end of the season and signed for Crawley Town, subsequently going on loan to Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.
At the end of the 2016/17 season he was released by Crawley and joined National League side Woking.
In June 2018 he joined Torquay and had loan spells at St Albans City and Dulwich Hamlet as well as the White Tigers.
Two players have come in on dual forms from another Isthmian Premier outfit, Bishop`s Stortford.
Correy Davidson is a 27-year-old winger who re-signed for Bishop`s Stortford in the summer after being with National League North club Kidderminster Harriers since July 2019 after impressing on trial.
The Dublin born player started with Bohemians and then turned out for Carrick Rangers and Ards before moving to England in 2014, signing for AFC Sudbury.
In February 2015 he moved onto Grays Athletic, who he re-joined in December 2015 following a stint with Heybridge Swifts, St Neots Town and Ware.
In the summer of 2016, he joined Waltham Forest and then stepped up a couple of levels with Bishop`s Stortford in January 2017.
After a spell with Witham Town, he signed for Concord Rangers in January 2019.
Sam Robbins is a defender who joined Bishop`s Stortford from Waltham Abbey in the summer of 2018.
He began his career at Wingate & Finchley before moving on to the Abbotts where he spent three seasons.
At the end of the 2018/19 season he was awarded both the players’ and managers` player of the season award.
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