Ten-man Lincoln City earned a 2-0 win over Braintree Town at Sincil Bank in the Skrill Premier.
The match lacked anything of note until it exploded into life just after hour mark.
On 65 minutes, Tom Miller’s bullet header from a Sean Newton corner gave Lincoln the lead.
They doubled it on 73 minutes when another Newton corner fell to Theirry Audel who kept his cool to slot the ball home.
However, there was more drama to come when on 80 minutes Imps striker Kris Bright was shown a red card for an off the ball incident.
Lincoln’s three-man defence kept Braintree quiet in a scrapping opening.
Neither side had made many inroads into the game until Lincoln forced a couple of corners on the 15 minute mark.
The closest they came from making something of them came when one was cleared for a throw in. Tom Miller’s ball in came back to him, but he teed up Sean Newton whose cross was headed wide at the back post by Thierry Audel.
Lincoln went close again from a corner of 27 minutes. The delivery from Newton fell to Bright who headed it down only to see his effort blocked on the line and eventually scrambled away.
The Imps were operating on the counter-attack and it was from one break that they went close to opening the scoring again.
First a charge up the right saw the ball fed into Bright who saw his effort deflected out for a corner on 31 minutes. Newton’s resulting ball was cleared back to him and he tried a curling effort that nearly dipped into the top corner.
Apart from that, there was very little to write home about in the first half.
The second half got off to a scrappy start. For 20 minutes there was nothing to write home.
However, on 65 minutes the game exploded into life as City took the lead. Lincoln won a corner and Newton’s delivery hung in the air perfectly for Miller to head home unmarked.
On 70 minutes, Lincoln went close to doubling their lead. A mix-up in the area saw the ball bobble up for Bright, but he couldn’t steer his effort on target and it bounced harmlessly wide.
Lincoln kept the pressure up and made it count on 73 minutes. Newton’s corner was knocked on by Bright and Audel kept his composure to strike from close range.
Braintree made their first changes a minute later. Daniel Holman replaced Chez Issac and Bernard Mensah came on for Alex Jakubiak.
There was then a shock for Lincoln as they found themselves reduced to 10-men on 80 minutes.
An off the ball incident between Bright and Braintree’s Matt Paine saw the Imps striker given his marching orders by referee Amy Fearn.
Braintree made their final change of the afternoon as Daniel Sparks came on for Sam Habergham.
Lincoln made their only change on the 90th minute when Bohan Dixon replaced Jake Sheridan as the Imps wound the clock down on the additional four minutes of time.
Lincoln City made three changes from the side that lost 2-1 at home to Welling United on Tuesday night.
Tom Miller returned to the side following his two-match suspension in place of Dan Gray.
The injured Conner Robinson was replaced by Jake Sheridan and Todd Jordan came in for Jon Nolan.
It brought about a change in formation for Lincoln who started with a three-man defence of Theirry Audel, Miller and Nat Brown. Sheridan was moved in a right wing-back with Sean Newton on the left-hand side of the five-man midfield which also included Alan Power, Charlee Adams and Jordan.
Up front Ben Tomlinson partnered Kris Bright.
Lincoln City (3-5-2): Townsend; Audel, Miller, Brown; Sheridan, Adams, Power, Jordan, Newton; Tomlinson, Bright.
Subs: Rowe, Gray, Dixon, Nolan, Preece (GK).
Braintree (4-4-2): Hamann; Peters, Wells, Massey, Habergham; Mulley, Isaac, Paine, Laurent; Jakubiak, Marks.
Subs: McDonald (GK), Holman, Sparks, Daley, Mensah.
Referee: Amy Fearn
Attendance: 2,002 (38 visitors)