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Lincoln City 3-2 Braintree Town

Sean Newton
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.

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lincoln City 3, Braintree Town 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

  4. Post update

    Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Goal!

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  8. Post update

    Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

  10. Post update

    Sean Newton (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Lincoln City.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Lincoln City. Marcus Marshall replaces Jordan Burrow.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

  16. Post update

    Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Braintree Town.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City).

  20. Post update

    Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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