Lincoln City beat Braintree Town to remain unbeaten this season despite playing nearly the entire second half with 10 men.

Sean Newton put the Imps ahead early on with an inswinging corner that evaded everyone, before Hamza Bencherif nodded the hosts' second from a Newton cross.

Tony Diagne was then sent off for pulling down Jordan Cox and Kenny Davis converted the resulting penalty.

Ben Tomlinson made it 3-1 before Mitch Brundle netted late on for Braintree.

Simpson on Lincoln City v Braintree

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"We know we're half-decent and if I can get them all firing then we can give anybody a game. It was a tremendous effort to get the three points but that was a game we should have been controlling and we've got to learn. We can't be sloppy, we've got to be on it all the time.

"The sending off and the penalty meant it was all hands to the pump, I'd wanted to take two or three of them off and give them a breather ready for Monday but that's life.

"We had some bookings and the sending off which you shake your head at. I've got no complaints with the penalty but how he (Tony Diagne) was judged to be the last man baffles me."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Lincoln City

  • 26 Townsend
  • 17 Caprice Booked
  • 23 Brown
  • 06 Diagne Dismissed
  • 03 Newton
  • 12 Mendy
  • 08 Power Booked
  • 14 Nolan
  • 05 Bencherif
  • 11 Tomlinson
  • 09 Burrow (Marshall - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Farman
  • 07 Kabba
  • 16 Robinson
  • 18 Everington
  • 22 Marshall

Braintree Town

  • 01 Hamann
  • 02 Brundle
  • 03 Habergham (Walker - 71' )
  • 06 Massey
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 26 Mulley (Case - 46' )
  • 04 Isaac
  • 23 Peters Booked
  • 18 Cox
  • 12 Bakare (Marks - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Walker
  • 09 Marks
  • 17 Case
  • 20 Clerima
  • 29 Pentney
Ref: Jason Whiteley
Att: 2,231

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

4 6

Corners

0 0

Fouls

15 10

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +5:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2.

90:00 +4:34

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

90:00 +4:34

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:13

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

90:00 +0:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

89:02

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

89:02

Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

85:47

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

85:47

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

85:18

Corner, Braintree Town.

84:24

Corner, Lincoln City.

83:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Marcus Marshall replaces Jordan Burrow.

83:07

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

81:52

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

81:52

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

81:22

Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Sparkes.

81:04

Corner, Braintree Town.

80:28

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

80:28

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

77:43 Booking

Booking Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:21

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

77:21

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

75:55

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

75:55

Nick Townsend (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

75:39

Attempt saved. Alan Massey (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

74:44

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

74:44

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

73:51

Attempt saved. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

72:10 Booking

Booking Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Bakare.

70:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Walker replaces Sam Habergham.

65:21 Booking

Booking Jake Caprice (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:13

Foul by Jake Caprice (Lincoln City).

65:13

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

64:17

Foul by Michael Bakare (Braintree Town).

64:17

Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

63:32

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

62:43

Corner, Lincoln City.

60:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 1. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

58:02

Offside, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox tries a through ball, but Jordan Cox is caught offside.

56:50

Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

54:18

Foul by Alan Massey (Braintree Town).

54:18

Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

53:39

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

52:46

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

51:56

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

51:56

Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

49:55

Offside, Braintree Town. Michael Bakare tries a through ball, but Michael Bakare is caught offside.

48:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 1. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

47:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Tony Diagne (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

46:47

Penalty conceded by Tony Diagne (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

46:47

Penalty Braintree Town. Jordan Cox draws a foul in the penalty area.

45:59

Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

45:33

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

45:33

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Ryan Case replaces James Mulley because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

45:00 +1:23

Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Sparkes with a cross.

45:00 +0:51

Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).

45:00 +0:51

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

41:59

Hand ball by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

37:28

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

34:47

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

34:47

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

32:26

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

32:26

Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

27:28

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

27:28

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

25:50

Foul by Alan Massey (Braintree Town).

25:50

Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

23:01

Foul by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

23:01

Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

22:04

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

20:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0. Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Newton with a cross.

15:57

Offside, Lincoln City. Jordan Burrow tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.

15:43

Attempt saved. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

15:22

Corner, Lincoln City.

14:42

Corner, Lincoln City.

13:44

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

13:44

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

12:13

Corner, Braintree Town.

10:20

Foul by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

10:20

Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

7:57

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

7:57

Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

6:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Lincoln City 1, Braintree Town 0. Sean Newton (Lincoln City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the bottom left corner.

6:10

Corner, Lincoln City.

5:53

Attempt missed. Alan Power (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box.

2:20

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

2:20

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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