Karl Ledsham scored direct from a corner for Southport in their 1-0 victory at AFC Telford.

The only goal of the game came in bizarre circumstances just after half-time, with Ledsham's cross finding the net after a defensive mix-up.

Telford's Sean Newton blazed a late penalty over the bar after Kyle Perry had been fouled by Steve Akrigg.

Ray Putterill was sent off in stoppage time for foul and abusive language but 10-man Southport held on for the win.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southport manager Liam Waston told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We've got 10 games left, and if someone would have said after 36 games Southport would have been in the play-offs, there would have been men in white coats coming.

"But we're there on merit and that was our 11th away win and they can't all be flukes.

"I thought for a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half we were really good.

"We're probably set to counter attack, but at home teams will not come out as much and I think that's why we're more successful away from home."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Telford United

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Salmon
  • 03 Newton
  • 12 Samuels (Perry - 62' )
  • 16 Preston Booked
  • 18 Blackburn
  • 20 Davies
  • 27 Smith (Rooney - 71' )
  • 28 Cain
  • 21 Brooke Booked
  • 25 Sharp

Substitutes

  • 32 Robinson
  • 17 Clough
  • 08 Trainer
  • 15 Rooney
  • 09 Perry

Southport

  • 01 McMillan Booked
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 06 Grand
  • 11 Parry
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Owens
  • 07 Whalley (Carden - 82' )
  • 17 Ledsham
  • 21 O'Keefe
  • 09 Ellison (Benjamin - 90' )
  • 10 Gray Booked (Putterill - 84' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nemes
  • 05 Davis
  • 20 Benjamin
  • 23 Carden
  • 25 Putterill
Ref: Fearn
Att: 2,025

Match Stats

Shots

6 12

On target

2 6

Corners

4 8

Fouls

10 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:27

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nathan Rooney, Ryan Young takes a shot. Simon Grand gets a block in.

90:00 +3:39 Substitution

Substitution (Southport) makes a substitution, with Russell Benjamin coming on for James Ellison.

90:00 +2:50

Direct free kick taken by Ryan Young.

90:00 +2:50 Dismissal

Dismissal Ray Putterill is sent off by the referee for foul and abusive language.

90:00 +1:00

Ray Putterill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Young.

88:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Preston by Karl Ledsham. Free kick taken by Sean Newton.

87:02

Direct free kick taken by Ray Putterill.

87:02 Booking

Booking Daniel Preston receives a yellow card for dissent.

86:51

James Ellison fouled by Daniel Preston, the ref awards a free kick.

85:34

James Ellison is caught offside. Ryan Young takes the free kick.

83:18 Substitution

Substitution Ray Putterill joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tony Gray.

81:38 Substitution

Substitution (Southport) makes a substitution, with Adam Carden coming on for Shaun Whalley.

80:00

The ball is sent over by Sean Newton, Tony McMillan makes a save.

78:55

Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

78:55 Booking

Booking Ryan Brooke is shown a yellow card.

77:22

Corner taken by Shaun Whalley. Steve Akrigg takes a shot. Daniel Preston gets a block in. Shot on goal by Andy Owens from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Akrigg by Ryan Brooke.

72:36 Penalty

Penalty missed by Sean Newton.

72:36 Booking

Booking Caution for Tony Gray.

71:59 Booking

Booking Tony McMillan is given a yellow card.

71:34

Penalty awarded for a foul by Steve Akrigg on Kyle Perry.

70:01 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Rooney comes on in place of Jay Smith.

69:40

Unfair challenge on Simon Grand by Chris Sharp results in a free kick. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

63:47

James Ellison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Preston. Chris Blackburn restarts play with the free kick.

62:55

Corner taken by Jay Smith.

62:42

Richard Davies takes a shot. Steve Akrigg gets a block in.

61:37

Sean Newton restarts play with the free kick.

61:37 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Perry replaces Dwayne Samuels.

61:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Gray on Jay Smith.

59:46

The ball is swung over by Shaun Whalley, Josh O'Keefe produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

58:58

Andrew Parry challenges Ryan Brooke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Blackburn takes the direct free kick.

57:37

Dwayne Samuels gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley. Tony Gray has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Ryan Young.

56:18

Corner taken short by Shaun Whalley. Tony Gray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

55:53

Andy Owens takes a shot. Save by Ryan Young.

55:41

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. Save by Ryan Young.

54:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, Steve Akrigg takes a shot. Save by Ryan Young. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line to the near post, Ryan Brooke manages to make a clearance.

53:15

Dwayne Samuels concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Owens. Direct free kick taken by Andy Owens.

52:11

Richard Davies fouled by Andy Owens, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Newton takes the direct free kick.

51:34

James Ellison challenges Will Salmon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Will Salmon takes the free kick.

49:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Karl Ledsham - AFC Telf'd 0 - 1 Southport Goal scored by Karl Ledsham from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. AFC Telford 0-1 Southport.

47:13

Unfair challenge on James Ellison by Daniel Preston results in a free kick. Tony Gray shoots direct from the free kick, save by Ryan Young. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line to the near post,

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:05

Chris Sharp fouled by Steve Akrigg, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Newton takes the direct free kick.

43:04

Karl Ledsham concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Davies. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Young.

38:44

Effort on goal by Ryan Brooke from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

37:27

Ryan Brooke is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

36:14

Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Whalley, free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Akrigg on Ryan Young. Free kick taken by Ryan Young.

30:29

Andy Owens fouled by Ashley Cain, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

29:19

James Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Dwayne Samuels. Sean Newton delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, save by Tony McMillan.

27:17

The referee blows for offside against James Ellison. Chris Blackburn takes the indirect free kick.

25:25

Corner taken by Karl Ledsham played to the near post, clearance by Sean Newton.

18:55

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jay Smith goes wide left of the target.

17:17

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line, James Ellison challenges Ryan Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Young.

15:26

Jay Smith challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Smith.

14:09

Ashley Cain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Owens. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

13:37

Jay Smith produces a cross, clearance by Steve Akrigg.

13:08

Corner taken right-footed by Jay Smith from the left by-line, Steve Akrigg makes a clearance.

7:38

Josh O'Keefe concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Davies. The ball is delivered by Sean Newton, Header from deep inside the area by Daniel Preston goes over the bar. The referee blows for offside. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

6:36

Shot from just outside the box by Karl Ledsham goes over the bar.

6:10

Unfair challenge on Andy Owens by Chris Sharp results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Grand.

3:52

Outswinging corner taken by Jay Smith, Steve Akrigg makes a clearance.

1:56

Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Parry goes wide of the right-hand upright.

0:43

Chris Sharp has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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