Goals from Tom Miller and Thierry Audel gave Lincoln victory over Braintree, despite Kris Bright being sent off.

Miller, who was returning to the side following suspension, headed home Shaun Newton's corner from six yards.

Audel added a second 10 minutes later after keeper Nick Hamman failed to deal with another cross.

Bright saw red for an off-the-ball incident with Matt Paine in just his second game for the club, but the Imps held on for victory.

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"It was not pretty but we knew it wasn't going to be. People were shouting from the stands for us to get it on the floor but we can't because the pitch is so bobbly.

"We've come unstuck with teams putting balls in behind us so we changed things today and went with three centre-halves and in the second half Nick [Townsend] hasn't had a shot to save.

"We wanted to keep a clean sheet if we could and we always thought we had enough firepower to get a goal so it wasn't pretty but it was effective.

"I said at half-time that set-pieces would decide the game and we had two and scored two goals. It's significant because your first target is to get to 50 points and then you should be OK, so now we have to keep going and see how many more we can pick up."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 30 Townsend
  • 03 Newton Booked
  • 23 Brown
  • 02 Miller
  • 05 Audel
  • 04 Jordan
  • 26 Adams
  • 08 Power
  • 12 Sheridan (Dixon - 90' )
  • 18 Bright Dismissed
  • 11 Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 15 Gray
  • 17 Dixon
  • 09 Rowe
  • 19 Nolan
  • 31 Preece

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 19 Wells
  • 03 Habergham Booked (Sparkes - 82' )
  • 05 Paine
  • 15 Massey
  • 04 Isaac (Holman - 74' )
  • 23 Laurent
  • 26 Mulley
  • 02 Peters
  • 09 Marks
  • 27 Jakubiak (Mensah - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Mensah
  • 01 McDonald
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 12 Daley
  • 10 Holman
Ref: Amy Fearn
Att: 2,002

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

3 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

9 3

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

90:00 +1:25

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

90:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Bohan Dixon replaces Jake Sheridan.

86:36

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:17

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

84:17

Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

83:40

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

81:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Daniel Sparkes replaces Sam Habergham.

81:42

Attempt missed. Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

79:24 Dismissal

Dismissal Kris Bright (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

79:17

Foul by Kris Bright (Lincoln City).

79:17

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

78:05

Corner, Lincoln City.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Bernard Mensah replaces Alex Jakubiak.

73:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Chez Isaac.

72:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0. Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Newton with a cross.

71:19

Corner, Lincoln City.

70:54

Corner, Lincoln City.

69:19

Attempt missed. Kris Bright (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

68:22

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

67:47

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

67:47

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

66:42

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

65:29

Corner, Lincoln City.

63:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 1, Braintree Town 0. Tom Miller (Lincoln City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Newton with a cross.

63:03

Corner, Lincoln City.

60:04

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

54:43

Corner, Lincoln City.

54:10

Corner, Lincoln City.

52:41

Attempt missed. Josh Laurent (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

51:20

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

51:20

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Lincoln City 0, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Braintree Town 0.

44:38

Attempt saved. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

44:09

Corner, Braintree Town.

43:50

Corner, Braintree Town.

43:35

Corner, Braintree Town.

42:28

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

42:28

Josh Laurent (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

37:50

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

37:50

Alex Jakubiak (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

35:53

Corner, Braintree Town.

35:20

Corner, Braintree Town.

34:35

Attempt saved. Sean Newton (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

33:38 Booking

Booking Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:29

Hand ball by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

32:04

Attempt missed. Sean Newton (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Newton.

31:41

Corner, Lincoln City.

31:25

Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

30:22 Booking

Booking Sean Newton (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:17

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

30:17

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

27:53

Foul by Kris Bright (Lincoln City).

27:53

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

26:04

Corner, Lincoln City.

23:43

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

23:43

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

22:54

Corner, Lincoln City.

20:09

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

20:09

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

18:11

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

18:11

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

17:53

Attempt missed. Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

16:39

Corner, Lincoln City.

12:59

Corner, Lincoln City.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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