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Posted Sat 10 Jan 09 at 18:06 PM


Brentford were held to a draw which extended their unbeaten League Two run to eight games in freezing conditions by ten-man Lincoln City.

The Bees rallied after conceding an early goal to lead at half time thanks to goals from Marcus Bean and Dean Bowditch and the game seemed to have swung their way when Lincoln right back Paul Green was sent off for a two-footed tackle late in the first half.

But the home side hit back at Anthony Elding earned his team a point with a volleyed equaliser on his debut.

On a tricky pitch and in arctic temperatures the home side started well and were ahead before the game was six minutes old.

Scott Kerr was the architect with a fine run from midfield and when he put the ball into the box Brentford failed to clear, Dany N'Guessan was able to turn and although he miss-hit his shot it rolled past Ben Hamer and into the corner.

Mark Phillips thought he had levelled things up within a minute when he headed in a Kevin O'Connor free kick but it was ruled out for offside.

Bowditch headed a Dickson cross wide soon after and Brentford were soon level, seven minutes after going behind.

It came out of nothing with the ball bouncing around in midfield, Charlie MacDonald laid it into the path of Bean who burst clear from midfield and slotted home from the edge of the box.

Lincoln almost regained the lead soon after when Hamer spilled an Elding shot but Ryan Dickson was able to clear and Aaron Brown volleyed wide soon after.

Phillips blocked well from a Kerr shot and Glenn Poole went close with a lofted effort from 45 yards which landed narrowly wide with Lincoln goalkeeper Rob Burch stranded.

The Bees were starting to get the upper hand and edged ahead midway through the first half with a strike of rare quality.

A quick Hamer free kick caught Lincoln square, Bowditch turned Daniel Hone and as the ball bounced he volleyed it across Burch into the far corner.

Lincoln tried to hit back - Green had a shot blocked, Brown fired well over and Stefan Oakes fired wide before Elding headed a N'Guessan cross over the bar.

Bowditch shot narrowly over at the other end before Green was dismissed when he launched studs up over the top of the ball and into O'Connor leaving referee Steve Bratt with little option but to send him off.

Oakes shot over before the break but Brentford came out in the second half and took control of the early proceedings.

Bowditch set up Poole for a low shot which Burch saved brilliantly to his left and Sam Wood fired the re-bound over before Poole tested Burch again with a low shot.

The Bees looked set to seal the win when Bowditch burst clear on the right and rolled the ball cross the six yard box to MacDonald - but he fired over from close range and that seemed to re-invigorate the hosts.

A Jonas Kovacs shot looked set to level things up but it hit N'Guessan and Hamer saved brilliantly from Lee Frecklington but The Bees couldn't weather the storm.

A long kick from Burch was nodded down by Geoff Horsfield and Elding volleyed home from close range.

With 24 minutes to go Lincoln looked the more likely side to win the game but Brentford soon regained their composure and began to shut the game down.

There were few late chances - Horsfield shot well wide and substitute Adrian Patulea couldn't convert when the ball was bouncing around the box.

Hamer saved well from Frecklington and Hone shot wide late on but neither team could get a winner and The Bees left with a share of the spoils.

Lincoln City: Burch; Green, Kovacs, Hone, Beevers; N'Guessan, Oakes (sub Frecklington h/t), Kerr, Brown; Horsfield (sub Patulea 85 mins), Elding

Subs (not used): Duffy, Sinclair, John-Lewis

Brentford: Hamer; Osborne, Halls, Phillips, Dickson; Poole (sub Hunt 74 mins), O'Connor, Bean, Wood; MacDonald, Bowditch

Subs (not used): Simon Brown, Ademola, Johnson, Newton

Attendance: 3,932 (455 Bees fans)

Written by Chris Wickham

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