Lincoln beat Braintree for the second time in four days to keep alive their faint play-off hopes.

Goal scorers Luke Foster and Jake Sheridan had already gone close before Foster opened the visitors' account, heading in a Sean Newton corner.

Sheridan then doubled the lead after the break with a fierce shot from 25 yards out.

Braintree keeper Nick Hamann kept City's tally to two with a fine save to deny Sheridan in injury time.

Lincoln are 12th in the standings but only five points of the play-offs, while Braintree sit one point and one place behind.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 03 Habergham (Sparkes - 46' Booked )
  • 19 Wells
  • 05 Paine
  • 08 Davis Booked
  • 26 Mulley
  • 23 Laurent (Isaac - 66' )
  • 02 Peters Booked
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Holman
  • 17 Mensah (Jakubiak - 49' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Jakubiak
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 04 Isaac
  • 12 Daley
  • 01 McDonald

Lincoln City

  • 30 Townsend
  • 03 Newton
  • 05 Audel
  • 02 Miller Booked
  • 27 Foster
  • 12 Sheridan (Dixon - 93' )
  • 24 Mendy
  • 15 Gray
  • 04 Jordan
  • 11 Tomlinson (Simmons - 88' Booked )
  • 09 Rowe

Substitutes

  • 26 Adams
  • 19 Nolan
  • 17 Dixon
  • 31 Preece
  • 25 Simmons
Ref: Daniel Cook

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

3 6

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

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

90:00 +5:00 Full time

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

90:00 +4:15

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

90:00 +4:15

Alex Simmons (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:25 Substitution

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

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Alex Simmons (Lincoln City).

90:00 +2:18

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:46

Attempt saved. Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

90:00 +0:17 Booking

Booking Alex Simmons (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:55

Hand ball by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

87:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Alex Simmons replaces Ben Tomlinson.

86:21 Booking

Booking Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:06

Foul by Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town).

86:06

Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

85:03

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

84:13 Booking

Booking Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:05

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

84:05

Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

83:20

Foul by Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City).

83:20

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

81:22

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

81:22

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

80:46

Attempt missed. Luke Foster (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

79:34

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

79:34

Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

76:37

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

75:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Braintree Town 0, Lincoln City 2. Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Tomlinson.

73:48

Corner, Lincoln City.

71:59

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

70:59

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

70:59

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

68:44

Corner, Lincoln City.

67:41

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

65:52

Attempt saved. Danny L. Rowe (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

65:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Chez Isaac replaces Josh Laurent.

64:55

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kenny Davis with a cross.

64:12

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

64:12

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

63:56

Attempt blocked. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

63:44

Corner, Braintree Town.

63:02

Foul by Luke Foster (Lincoln City).

63:02

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

60:54

Attempt blocked. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:26

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

54:18 Booking

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

54:04

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

54:04

Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

50:31

Offside, Lincoln City. Jake Sheridan tries a through ball, but Jake Sheridan is caught offside.

49:40

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

49:40

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

49:04

Attempt saved. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Alex Jakubiak.

48:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Alex Jakubiak replaces Bernard Mensah because of an injury.

46:21 Booking

Booking Tom Miller (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:57

Foul by Tom Miller (Lincoln City).

45:57

Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

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

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 0, Lincoln City 1.

45:00 +1:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Lincoln City 1.

45:00 +0:46

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

42:40

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

41:56

Corner, Braintree Town.

40:09

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

40:09

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

38:51

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

38:51

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

37:39

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

36:21 Goal scored

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

35:43

Corner, Lincoln City.

30:20

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

30:20

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

29:20

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

29:20

Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

29:06

Attempt blocked. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:30

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

28:30

Dan Holman (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

27:46

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:05

Attempt saved. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

23:18

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

23:18

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

21:49

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

21:49

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

20:19

Hand ball by James Mulley (Braintree Town).

20:04

Attempt saved. Sean Newton (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Jake Sheridan with a cross.

19:06

Foul by Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town).

19:06

Dan Gray (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

16:54

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

16:07

Foul by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

16:07

Tom Miller (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

15:10

Corner, Lincoln City.

13:47

Hand ball by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

12:56

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

12:08

Corner, Lincoln City.

10:37

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

10:37

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

9:18

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

9:18

Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

7:19

Corner, Braintree Town.

5:04

Corner, Lincoln City.

4:28

Attempt blocked. Bernard Mensah (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:25

Attempt saved. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

0:39

Foul by Luke Foster (Lincoln City).

0:39

Kenny Davis (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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