Mark O’Brein saw red as the spoils were shared at Rodney Parade this afternoon.
In what was the start of a fixture congestion in SkyBet League Two, both defences were on top as the Imps and the Exiles both collected a respectable point in their play-off hunt.
The draw sees the hosts drop down to 11th whereas visitors Lincoln were able to take advantage of teams around them dropping points and move back into sixth.
It was the Imps who made the better start to the encounter. Neal Eardley was able to spot target man Matt Rhead at the edge of the box. His effort went inches wide of the County post.
Newport were able to get themselves a foot-hold in the game towards the half an hour mark. Frank Nouble’s cross found Shawn McCoulsky who’s volley went inches wide of Josh Vickers’ goal.
Joe Day had to be at his best when Sam Habergham’s curling free kick looked destined to find the bottom corner until the keeper managed to claw it away.
The visitors were back on top at the start at the second period. Captain Luke Waterfall connected well with a corner but Day was alert once more, with former Exiles striker Matt Green putting the rebound over the bar.
Referee Brett Huxtable was called into action just 10 minutes into the half. A crunching tackle from O’Brien on Imps winger Nathan Arnold resulted in a straight red card.
The Imps started to turn the screw and moved the ball around quickly to tire the opposition. They fashioned an opening just before injury time when Waterfall’s looping header was well kept out by Day.
Newport face high-flying Wycombe Wanderers on Boxing Day whereas the Imps take on Stevenage at Sincil Bank as they look to tighten their grip on a play-off place.