Bradshaw’s Back is the second instalment of Mason Bradshaw. Make sure to read ‘Mega Project’ before you read this.
Welcome back to the fourth update of Mason Bradshaw’s comeback as a manager, today he plays three games including a trip to the capital and also signs another player on a free. Let’s go! Two draws will keep Braintree up!
First up for Bradshaw’s men was a home game against Wealdstone, famous for the Wealdstone Raider, who was there giving Braintree some banter, shouting “You’ve got no fans” and “what a shithole.”
Braintree came into the game as the favourites, and despite having the better chances, with seven shots on target, they could only muster up a draw, dragging them closer to the dreaded drop zone.
Karl Oliyide scored just before the half time whilst, but not along after the restart, Wealdstone were level thanks to an equalizer by Eliot Benyon.
Not a perfect start for Mason, but as he got back on the train back to his digs in London, he got a phone call from an agent, Alex Smith, regarding a young player called Nuno Felix, who had recently been released from Chippenham.
After hearing about the bloke, Mason snapped him up, he joined the club on non contract terms and says “he’s a top bloke, which is what this club needs.”
The next Saturday soon rolled around and it was another home game for the Irons, this time facing 2nd placed, Whitehawk.
The game was rather even, and a draw was probably a fair result – the game ended a goal a piece, with Connor Tighe netting Whitehawk’s on the 13th minute, whilst Phillip Roberts equalised for the Irons in the 57th minute
Following the home double, it was a week until the next Irons game, and it was a week off for Mason as he spent the week with his fiancee and recently born baby girl, April. He also went to watch Busted, who he is a big fan of, having watched them live back in the day – and just last year.
Trip to El Capital
A trip to London beckoned for the Irons, and in fact, Mason didn’t take the coach with rest of the players but instead caught the train to Richmond before meeting the coach at the team hotel, a nice Premier Inn. They have to keep to the budget!
After the recent disappointing results and due to injuries, Mason made 5 changes to the team, giving some other players a run out
The game didn’t start well for the Irons when Harry Crawford scored within the first three minutes of play – adding to his goal tally – and Hampton and Richmond’s in the 36th minute – and Braintree went into the half time 2-0 down – without a single shot on target.
The Irons were given a small glimmer of hope when Ryan Barnett turned the ball into his own net from a Callum Maycock ball, but these hopes were dashed when debutant, Jack Schwarz was shown his second yellow card and was sent off on the 62nd minute.
Michael Rankine missed from six yards on the 80th minute, but Harry Crawford scored from the same spot 15 minutes later, as he scored his hat-trick – and the visitor’s 3rd – and ended Braintree’s trip to the capital in disaster.
Mega Project was a unique Football Manager experience. It featured Mason Bradshaw, a rookie manager who never played professionally. He attempted to climb the football leader from the first job to becoming a world class manager. Mega Project was something that was never been done before as we looked from all angles, from Mason himself, the clubs, his family and friends, colleagues and the world of football. Mason retired from football management but is now back. Mason’s journey continues in Bradshaw’s Back.