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Lincoln City 3-2 Braintree Town

Newton scored his first goal of the season against Braintree

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.

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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."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 26Townsend
  • 17CapriceBooked at 66mins
  • 6DiagneBooked at 48mins
  • 23Brown
  • 3Newton
  • 14Nolan
  • 5Bencherif
  • 8PowerBooked at 78mins
  • 12Mendy
  • 9BurrowSubstituted forMarshallat 84'minutes
  • 11Tomlinson

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 7Kabba
  • 16Robinson
  • 18Everington
  • 22Marshall

Braintree

  • 1Hamann
  • 23PetersBooked at 73mins
  • 2Brundle
  • 6Massey
  • 3HaberghamSubstituted forWalkerat 71'minutes
  • 26MulleySubstituted forCaseat 46'minutes
  • 4Isaac
  • 8Davis
  • 11Sparkes
  • 18Cox
  • 12BakareSubstituted forMarksat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 9Marks
  • 17Case
  • 20Clerima
  • 29Pentney
Referee:
Jason Whiteley
Attendance:
2,231

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2.
Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).
Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).
Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Corner, Lincoln City.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Marcus Marshall replaces Jordan Burrow.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).
Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dan Sparkes.
Corner, Braintree Town.
Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).
Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).
Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).
Nick Townsend (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Alan Massey (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.
Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).
Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Michael Bakare.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Walker replaces Sam Habergham.

Booking

Jake Caprice (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jake Caprice (Lincoln City).
Dan Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Michael Bakare (Braintree Town).
Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.
Corner, Lincoln City.

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.
Offside, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox tries a through ball, but Jordan Cox is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.
Foul by Alan Massey (Braintree Town).
Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Sean Newton (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).
Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.
Offside, Braintree Town. Michael Bakare tries a through ball, but Michael Bakare is caught offside.

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.

Dismissal

Tony Diagne (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Penalty conceded by Tony Diagne (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Braintree Town. Jordan Cox draws a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.
Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).
Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.
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.
Foul by Sean Newton (Lincoln City).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Halifax4400912
2Forest Green4310410
3Lincoln City4310310
4Barnet430189
5Wrexham430109
6Kidderminster422048
7Macclesfield422028
8Eastleigh421137
9Aldershot421137
10Gateshead421107
11Grimsby413056
12Woking413026
13Torquay412115
14Southport4112-24
15Bristol Rovers4112-24
16Dover4112-34
17Braintree4103-13
18Altrincham4103-33
19Chester4103-73
20Dartford4022-22
21Welling4022-62
22Telford4013-41
23Nuneaton4013-61
24Alfreton4004-80
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