Chris Lever struck a last-gasp penalty to give Southport all three points against Ebbsfleet United.

The visitors missed a great chance to lead when Lever handled in the box, Liam Enver-Marum saw his penalty saved.

Southport then saw a spot-kick of their own saved as Preston Edwards denied Tony Gray after James Folkes fouled Shaun Whalley.

Patrick Ada was then sent off for fouling Chris Almond inside the box and Lever made no mistake from the spot.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

"Disappointing, the game hinged on a mistake, it's a long way to come for that.

"Looking at the second half performance we didn't do enough to win the game, we've got to wise up a bit in certain situations.

"Another missed penalty, you've got a penalty to go ahead and we don't score them, we've got to be more ruthless because opportunities don't keep showing themselves."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Lever
  • 06 Grand
  • 17 Lynch
  • 05 Parry (Tames - 70' )
  • 07 Whalley
  • 08 Ledsham (Almond - 77' )
  • 16 Moogan
  • 22 Poku
  • 10 Gray Booked (Bakare - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 12 Benjamin
  • 11 Almond
  • 18 Tames
  • 19 Bakare

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 04 Ada Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Lorraine Booked
  • 20 Folkes (Greenhalgh - 83' )
  • 07 Marum (Ashikodi - 66' )
  • 08 Marwa
  • 11 Phipp (Bellamy - 66' )
  • 14 Howe
  • 15 Barrett Booked
  • 05 Walsh
  • 09 Elder

Substitutes

  • 12 Menz
  • 02 Stone
  • 16 Bellamy
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 10 Ashikodi
Ref: Handley
Att: 872

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

8 2

Corners

10 3

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Bakare. Preston Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Lever - Southport 1 - 0 Ebbsfleet Chris Lever scores a placed penalty. Southport 1-0 Ebbsfleet United.

88:57 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Patrick Ada a red card for second bookable offence.

88:17

Patrick Ada challenges Chris Almond unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

85:53

Moses Ashikodi takes a shot. Save by Tony McMillan.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Ben Greenhalgh is brought on as a substitute for James Folkes.

81:40

Michael Bakare takes a shot. Save made by Preston Edwards. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Shaun Whalley, Chris Lever takes a shot. Clearance by Patrick Ada. Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Whalley, clearance by Patrick Ada.

80:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moses Ashikodi by Simon Grand. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Ada.

76:34 Substitution

Substitution Chris Almond comes on in place of Karl Ledsham.

76:34 Substitution

Substitution Michael Bakare replaces Tony Gray.

75:01

Ram Marwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Tames. Free kick taken by Simon Grand.

73:24

Effort on goal by Nathan Elder from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

72:37

Unfair challenge on Ram Marwa by Alan Moogan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Ada.

71:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Ledsham on James Folkes. Free kick crossed right-footed by James Folkes, Simon Grand manages to make a clearance.

69:13

Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

69:13 Substitution

Substitution Steven Tames replaces Andy Parry.

69:13

The official flags Moses Ashikodi offside.

68:24

The ball is swung over by Joe Howe, save by Tony McMillan.

67:53

Moses Ashikodi takes a shot. Blocked by Tony McMillan.

66:26

Phil Walsh challenges Tony Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Karl Ledsham crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing. Shot from just outside the box by Tony Gray misses to the right of the target.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Liam Bellamy comes on in place of Tom Phipp.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution Moses Ashikodi on for Liam Enver-Marum.

63:36

Foul by Paul Lorraine on Karl Ledsham, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Shaun Whalley, Tony Gray takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Karl Ledsham.

62:48

Godfrey Poku fouled by Tom Phipp, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

60:42

Nathan Elder is caught offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

57:26

Free kick taken by Simon Grand.

57:26 Booking

Booking Paul Lorraine shown a yellow card.

57:22

Paul Lorraine challenges Alan Moogan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56:25

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

55:36

Corner taken by Shaun Whalley played to the near post, Ram Marwa makes a clearance.

54:01

Corner from right by-line taken by Tom Phipp.

53:25

Nathan Elder fouled by Chris Lynch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Walsh.

50:27

Foul by Alan Moogan on Paul Lorraine, free kick awarded. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

50:10

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards.

48:59

Corner taken by Tom Phipp.

48:05

The ball is swung over by James Folkes.

47:01

The offside flag is raised against Liam Enver-Marum. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

46:29 Penalty

Penalty taken by Tony Gray saved by Preston Edwards. Southport 0-0 Ebbsfleet United.

45:25

James Folkes challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +4:21 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +3:59

Chris Lever takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Ada.

45:00 +2:53

James Folkes concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Lever. Free kick taken by Shaun Whalley. Corner from the right by-line taken by Karl Ledsham, Paul Lorraine manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:10

The ball is delivered by Tony Gray.

45:00 +1:38

Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line, save made by Preston Edwards.

45:00 +0:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Godfrey Poku by Liam Enver-Marum. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

43:05

The ball is crossed by Nathan Elder, Tom Phipp produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

39:52

Liam Enver-Marum challenges Godfrey Poku unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Karl Ledsham from the free kick.

39:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony Gray by Phil Walsh. James Smith takes the free kick.

37:33

James Folkes delivers the ball, save by Tony McMillan.

37:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Karl Ledsham. Indirect free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

36:21

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Whalley, Nathan Elder makes a clearance.

34:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Elder on Chris Lever. Shaun Whalley takes the direct free kick.

34:17

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line, Ram Marwa makes a clearance.

33:56

The ball is swung over by Shaun Whalley, save by Preston Edwards.

33:01 Booking

Booking Neil Barrett goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

32:25

Unfair challenge on Andy Parry by Neil Barrett results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

31:30

Liam Enver-Marum has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

28:53

Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards.

27:06

Shot from outside the box by Tony Gray goes wide right of the target.

26:17

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. Patrick Ada gets a block in.

24:28

Joe Howe takes a shot.

24:28 Penalty

Penalty taken by Liam Enver-Marum saved by Tony McMillan. Southport 0-0 Ebbsfleet United.

23:18

Chris Lever is penalised for a handball.

22:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Tony Gray for unsporting behaviour.

21:41

Tony Gray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Walsh. Tom Phipp takes the direct free kick.

17:42

The referee gives a free kick against Patrick Ada for handball. Shot on goal comes in from Karl Ledsham from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Karl Ledsham, Close range header by Simon Grand goes over the bar.

15:24

Chris Lever concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Barrett. Patrick Ada restarts play with the free kick.

11:24 Booking

Booking Patrick Ada is cautioned.

11:03

Tony Gray fouled by Patrick Ada, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Grand takes the direct free kick.

10:49

The official flags Karl Ledsham offside. Free kick taken by Paul Lorraine.

10:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Enver-Marum on Tony McMillan. Tony McMillan takes the direct free kick.

6:59

Corner from the left by-line taken by Shaun Whalley, Ram Marwa fouled by Chris Lever, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

5:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Phipp, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Lynch by Nathan Elder. Free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

2:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lynch on Joe Howe. Free kick taken by Phil Walsh.

1:03

Foul by James Folkes on Chris Lever, free kick awarded. Shaun Whalley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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