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Lincoln City 2 Braintree Town 0: Match report

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Sean Newton's corners set-up both of Lincoln's goals

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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.

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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)

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  • nigelsparky  |  March 17 2014, 7:19PM

    Some valid points Oracle, although I am very unsure about the recruitment prowess of GS to be honest . Signing known crocked players etc and many examples of players that really aren't up to the task. However that said and I have said this many times on here previously, he has made some decent signings. I suppose what I' m saying is that we have bought into this idea that he is something special where seeking out talent is concerned, and I don't think he is any better at doing that than anyone else, especially as others involved in the game have a big influence, like agents, scouts etc. but they seem to be largely ignored when praise for some signings are concerned. Tactically wise, I think he is still very naive at times, even when we have won. But hey that's my opinion.

  • eatmygoal  |  March 17 2014, 6:58PM

    Perhaps I am too positive Oracle, happy to be accused of that. I still remain objective and not positive for the sake of it. Although while I am here, if the league table was based on half time results we would be 7th :-p

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  • TheOracleof  |  March 17 2014, 5:28PM

    I concede that the debates you and EMG have generated the posts, Although there are more than enough people complaining compared to praising. Not sure about the back slapping point either. People are only too happy to have shots at the club, then when it comes to us doing well there is a distinct lack of praise. We need to get behind the club and support, not keep knocking it. Be critical when we need to be yes, be positive when we are doing well. As much as EMG is positive, you, Nigel, are overly negative. GS can't do anything right in your eyes. Most people widely believe, despite all his faults, that he has a good eye for talent and it is paying off for the club. Only today John Pakey was saying that with the budget we have got it is always going to be very hard to compete and we need an eye for talent and that Simpson has that. Yet I have seen in debates you have tried discredit that and to be honest looked a bit foolish in the face of strong evidence that Simpson does know what he is doing when it comes to recruitment. In the same way EMG you seek to pull out positives when they are not there such as someone beat someone therefore they are not too bad. I take your point but it seems a bit silly in face of other evidence that we really should be winning. Yes it is human nature to be critical but when you are a fan of a club it is important to build them up as well as down. I doubt any players or managers read what is here but the negative expectancy becomes pernicious and seeps onto the pitch through booing results and through framing the type of questions the Echo may ask of players. Until we get serious money behind us I am afraid there are going to be more defeats on the horizon. By all means grumble and praise, but let's make sure we do both consistently other wise we look like we are stuck up somewhere or that we are constantly under a rain cloud. CambridgeImp falls into here along with Redimp

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  • eatmygoal  |  March 17 2014, 4:29PM

    I don't think I am right, I know I am :-) On a serious note though, it is fine to say I am up wherever, but the fact is I am not his greatest fan. But I feel I have to defend him because people make snap ecisions like sacking someone in a week or after a few losses now when in reality we do alright. I am someone who wants consistency so it has meant I have had to fight for GS and show why he should stay. Seems to be paying off right now. others said if we stick with him around about December the future was grim. As it is everything looks alright about now. It just seems reactionary and after a win it all goes quiet about tactics and discipline.

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  • nigelsparky  |  March 17 2014, 1:23PM

    Whether it takes me two days or whatever is neither here nor there. Some of us have busy lives doing whatever we do. If you care to look I didn't even comment the last time we lost!, not that it matters. The comment I have just made is about your comment on the form table, and how you seem to set your stall out by it. As the Oracle says, you're so far up someones backside and way over the top with your "positivity" its actually gets quite embarrassing at times. But that said it is a welcome change to be "safe" from another relegation scrap, barring a major disaster. As for the knockers, its called human nature, when things go well for people, then people tend to be a lot more happy, however when things aren't going well, people will offer their opinions on how to improve things. Can you imagine reading all the same kind of posts? There is only so much backslapping one can post, before it becomes tedious. Most comments, certainly between me and you, digress quite a bit too, hence the number of posts, and the reason for that is, I suppose anyway, we are quite similar. We both think we are right all the time. :-)

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  • TheOracleof  |  March 17 2014, 10:21AM

    You're problem, EMG, is you are too positive, you have to be somewhere down the middle. You also need to get out of GS's proverbial. That said it has been good to see an upturn in fortunes and looks good for next season. You have a point though, the knockers seem to fall silent when we do well. I remember reading on here, the three figure number of comments after a defeat. It is the modern fan though, nothing but a win is good enough. Think Leigh Curtis called it the X factor generation which is about right. Kris Bright wise, comes with a good reputation and if the wages are right it can do us no harm to look at him and see what he can offer.

  • eatmygoal  |  March 17 2014, 9:48AM

    Gosh took you two days to post on the win. You're normally one of the first when we lose :-) And yes oddly I am well aware of where we sit. Currently higher up than last season and on course for a decent mid table finish, and not fearing relegation. Feel free to draw out the negatives, that is your prerogative. But having been hammered in December for backing Simpson I am going to enjoy our nice run of form. And more than that, I am going to enjoy my team winning again and on an upward curve at the moment.

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  • Resurrection  |  March 16 2014, 11:19PM

    The first half was dire with no Tempo whatsoever from the start. We looked toothless and again lacked any conviction until a short spell in the second half peppering the goal with corners and aerial bombardment that the keeper struggled with. They were poor really, not surprising as a PT team playing 4 games in 7 days and for me it was as bad as Alfreton the previous Saturday for an hour. I know it's early to make a judgement but is Bright a Simmo 'player'? I cannot see him moulding into the style Simmo will expect and demand.

  • nigelsparky  |  March 16 2014, 9:56PM

    Shame all the other 13 clubs above us have amassed more points than us, as had they not, we'd be top We're 14th John in the real league table mate, and that's the one that matters is it not. This form table means nothing in the grand scheme of things, and come the seasons end, everyone takes notice of the one table alone. :-)

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  • eatmygoal  |  March 16 2014, 8:12PM

    Stamping I heard, twice. But he does say it wasn't as it sounded and the opponent did a lot to get him sent off. His first sending off in his career, very bad timing though for player and club