A first-half Frank Nouble single goal was enough to get Yeovil Town back to winning with a win at Braintree Town.

The striker flicked in a near post header to give the visitors a 14th-minute lead at a side which had not lost in National League South action since the start of the year.

The three points retain a seven-point advantage at the league’s top after second-placed Chelmsford City defeated Taunton Town.

The kick-off was delayed by the notable absence of Braintree keeper Jack Sims, who disappeared pre-kick-off, only appearing at 3.05 pm for some unknown reason.

The opening quarter of an hour lacked goalmouth action, with Jahmari Clarke having a half chance and a couple of balls into the Yeovil box, but the first meaningful attempt led to the opening goal.

A flicked header from Nouble beat the keeper Sims after 14 minutes.

At the other end, Shaq Coulthirst  missed a sitter when he put a point-blank header from a Lewis Miccio straight into the hands of Joe Day with 16 minutes on the clock.

It was another 25 minutes before there was any action, consisting of a ball into the box by Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and a blocked shot from the Manager’s son, Cooper.

Down the other end of the pitch, the most significant opportunity fell to Miccio, who lifted an effort over the crossbar after former West Ham’s Freddie Sears had looked dangerous.

The second half produced about the same amount of action as the first 45 minutes.

On 52 minutes, Aaron Blair had a worthwhile crack at goal but placed his shot over the bar.

Substitute Jayden Davis was another to shoot over the bar not long after, although the keeper appeared to have it covered.

Olly Thomas replaced Jahmari Clarke with an hour gone, and in his first involvement, he ran onto a ball forward after a good run from the forward Nouble.

There was plenty of pressure from Braintree as they chased the game, but nothing worthy to trouble the Yeovil defence.

At 84 minutes, it looked like Yeovil was about to go 2-0 up when a cross from the left found Jordan Young in the middle of the penalty area, with all the time in the world seemingly sure to score, but the keeper saved his header with a good save turning the ball over his crossbar.

Whilst the performance was the greatest, the three vital points were in the bag, which was the most important factor as the club attempted to get out of the depths of the lowly National League South.