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Lincoln City 2-0 Braintree Town

Second-half goals from Terry Hawkridge and in-form striker Liam Hearn gave Lincoln a fourth win in five games as they went above Braintree to within one point of the play-off places.

The visitors had lost just one of their previous 10 games and reached the break level as Will Norris pushed over a fierce drive from Chris Bush.

But Lincoln scored twice in the space of two minutes to secure victory.

Hawkridge curled in a shot before Hearn tapped in his eighth of the season.

Lincoln City assistant manager Grant Brown told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

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Brown on Lincoln City v Braintree

"We had to dig it out, it was an even first half but then I think we just ground them down, we got two goals ahead and could have had a couple more but didn't need them.

"It looks a comfortable result but they were a pretty good side. They work hard and they can play if you let them, but we did a good professional job today.

"It was nice to see Terry's shot trickle over the line and then Liam scored a predator's goal which really killed the game. It was always going to be difficult to come back from that."

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 18Beevers
  • 5WaterfallBooked at 83mins
  • 3TempestSubstituted forEveringtonat 74'minutes
  • 6Bush
  • 26Howe
  • 7MuldoonBooked at 87mins
  • 8Power
  • 12Hawkridge
  • 9Rhead
  • 10Hearn

Substitutes

  • 13Grant
  • 14Robinson
  • 15Everington
  • 16Simmons
  • 17Hodge

Braintree

  • 1Norris
  • 7Brundle
  • 15Phillips
  • 8DavisSubstituted forMarksat 66'minutes
  • 3HaberghamBooked at 76mins
  • 2Clerima
  • 4IsaacBooked at 83mins
  • 30Woodyard
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forMillerat 60'minutes
  • 22EdgarSubstituted forMilesat 28'minutes
  • 23Cheek

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 17Miller
  • 26Cole
  • 27List
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
2,565

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 2, Braintree Town 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

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

Offside, Lincoln City. Matt Rhead tries a through ball, but Matt Rhead is caught offside.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Terry Hawkridge (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Alan Power (Lincoln City).

Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City).

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Booking

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Liam Hearn (Lincoln City) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

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

Foul by Taylor Miles (Braintree Town).

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City).

Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

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

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Jack Muldoon (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Kegan Everington replaces Greg Tempest.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Terry Hawkridge (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matt Rhead (Lincoln City).

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Luke Waterfall (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Greg Tempest.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Attempt missed. Matt Rhead (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Bush with a cross.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Sean Marks replaces Kenny Davis.

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