Southport could not improve their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off hopes after a stale goalless draw at Braintree.

Matt Paine's hesitation may have cost the hosts an early breakthrough when he failed to get on the end of Pat O'Connor's cross.

Andy Owens then headed over for the visitors, while Ben Wright flashed a 20-yard volley narrowly over for the Iron after half-time.

They were also denied when Jai Reason saw an effort saved by Tony McMillan.

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Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

We have come a long way - Devonshire

"They [Southport] are a difficult side to play against. That's a game three months ago we'd have got beat, so I think that's how far we've come.

"I can't ask for much more than what my boys give me. I'll take a point.

"They are a team that are playing really well at the moment and you can tell why. They keep balls bombing in the box, but we stood up to it and deserved a point."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (1)

Braintree Town

  • 01 McDonald
  • 03 Thomas
  • 04 Bailey-Dennis
  • 05 Paine Booked
  • 16 O'Connor
  • 24 Wells
  • 06 Reason (Quinton - 90' )
  • 08 Davis
  • 18 Gibson
  • 09 Marks
  • 10 Wright

Substitutes

  • 22 Jones
  • 07 Symons
  • 15 Quinton
  • 11 Guy
  • 20 Appoak-Kupi

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 03 Lever
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 05 Davis
  • 06 Grand
  • 11 Parry
  • 14 Smith
  • 15 Owens
  • 17 Ledsham
  • 20 Benjamin
  • 10 Gray Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Nemes
  • 23 Carden
  • 09 Ellison
  • 24 Stephenson
  • 27 Farran
Ref: Bratt
Att: 637

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

4 4

Corners

3 4

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bailey-Dennis by Andy Owens. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:57 Substitution

Substitution (Braintree Town) makes a substitution, with Brad Quinton coming on for Jai Reason.

85:06

The ball is crossed by Ben Wright, Headed effort from inside the area by Sean Marks misses to the right of the goal.

83:30

Billy Gibson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Lever. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

82:22

Pat O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

80:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Wright, Tony McMillan makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Wright to the near post, Steve Akrigg manages to make a clearance.

78:44

Simon Grand concedes a free kick for a foul on Aswad Thomas. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

77:20

Kenny Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Parry. Free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

76:33

Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Parry goes over the target.

73:40

Earl Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Ben Wright restarts play with the free kick.

72:18

Dean Wells gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Owens. Chris Lever takes the direct free kick.

71:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jai Reason by James Smith. Ben Wright produces a cross, Matthew Paine takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

69:57

The ball is crossed by Karl Ledsham, save made by Nathan McDonald.

69:09

Foul by Matthew Paine on Russell Benjamin, free kick awarded. Karl Ledsham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Dean Wells makes a clearance.

68:18

Karl Ledsham concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Davis. Pat O'Connor takes the direct free kick.

66:09

Simon Grand crosses the ball, Dean Wells makes a clearance.

65:09

The ball is sent over by James Smith, blocked by Aswad Thomas. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, clearance made by Sean Marks.

63:58

Karl Ledsham produces a cross, Aswad Thomas gets a block in.

62:53

Aswad Thomas crosses the ball, clearance by Steve Akrigg.

61:31

Foul by Aswad Thomas on Russell Benjamin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan. The ball is delivered by Aswad Thomas, James Smith gets a block in.

61:16

The ball is delivered by Aswad Thomas, blocked by James Smith.

60:26

Foul by Kenny Davis on Andy Owens, free kick awarded. Chris Lever takes the free kick.

59:39

The ball is crossed by Billy Gibson, Matthew Paine has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

58:59

The ball is delivered by Ben Wright, clearance made by James Smith.

57:21

Andrew Parry fouled by Pat O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Lever.

55:54

Long range effort by Billy Gibson goes wide right of the target.

53:36

Jai Reason takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

52:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Andy Owens. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

51:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Owens on Adam Bailey-Dennis. Dean Wells takes the direct free kick.

48:03

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Wright from the left by-line played to the near post.

47:33

Karl Ledsham is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

46:47

Effort from just outside the box by Sean Marks goes over the bar.

46:15

Andrew Parry sends in a cross, Nathan McDonald makes a save.

46:07

Andy Owens crosses the ball, clearance by Aswad Thomas.

45:46

A cross is delivered by Andy Owens, blocked by Pat O'Connor.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

44:58

Ben Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on James Smith. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

44:15

Tony Gray takes a shot. Blocked by Kenny Davis.

43:24

Matthew Paine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Ledsham. Free kick taken by Simon Grand.

41:29

Pat O'Connor sends in a cross, Tony McMillan makes a save.

39:19

Tony Gray takes a shot. Save by Nathan McDonald.

38:38

Ben Wright takes a shot. Tony McMillan makes a comfortable save.

35:51

Kenny Davis challenges Russell Benjamin unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Smith takes the direct free kick.

33:31

Jai Reason crosses the ball in from the free kick, Earl Davis manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Billy Gibson, clearance made by Earl Davis.

33:31 Booking

Booking Booking for Tony Gray for unsporting behaviour.

33:22

Tony Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Aswad Thomas.

32:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrew Parry from the left by-line, clearance made by Billy Gibson.

30:27

Andy Owens takes a shot. Dean Wells gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Andrew Parry, Close range header by Andy Owens goes over the bar.

29:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks by Steve Akrigg. Matthew Paine takes the free kick.

29:45

A cross is delivered by Tony Gray, clearance by Aswad Thomas.

28:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jai Reason by Russell Benjamin. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jai Reason. Sean Marks is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

25:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Owens on Dean Wells. Nathan McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

22:30

Shot comes in from Tony Gray from the free kick, Dean Wells gets a block in.

22:30 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Matthew Paine for unsporting behaviour.

22:19

Matthew Paine challenges Tony Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:21

Unfair challenge on Simon Grand by Sean Marks results in a free kick. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

18:52

Earl Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Ben Wright produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

17:50

James Smith sends in a cross, save made by Nathan McDonald.

15:59

Matthew Paine takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

15:49

The ball is delivered by Billy Gibson, Steve Akrigg makes a clearance.

14:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Owens on Adam Bailey-Dennis. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

14:12

Adam Bailey-Dennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Owens. Free kick taken by Karl Ledsham.

12:09

Matthew Paine takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tony McMillan.

10:53

The ball is delivered by Pat O'Connor.

9:50

The ball is sent over by Andy Owens, save by Nathan McDonald.

9:18

The ball is sent over by Chris Lever, save by Nathan McDonald.

8:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, Matthew Paine makes a clearance.

6:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bailey-Dennis by Earl Davis. Nathan McDonald takes the direct free kick.

6:15

The ball is sent over by Andy Owens, Matthew Paine manages to make a clearance.

5:41

Andy Owens crosses the ball, clearance by Pat O'Connor.

1:50

The ball is delivered by James Smith, Dean Wells manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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