Southport secured a vital win in their fight against Blue Square Bet Premier relegation with victory at Braintree.

Shaun Whalley laid on Southport's first two goals, crossing first for Chris Almond to tap in and then finding Simon Grand, who finished at the back post.

Sean Marks headed in Ben Wright's cross as Braintree responded, but Almond hit a stunning 35-yard strike to restore the two-goal lead.

And the visitors survived late pressure to move four points clear of danger.

Southport signed former Colchester United winger Merrick James-Lewis earlier on Wednesday and the 20-year-old was named on the bench.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Braintree Town

  • 22 Naisbitt
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine
  • 19 Wells Booked
  • 32 Smith
  • 08 Davis (Daley - 74' )
  • 11 Sparkes
  • 17 Mulley
  • 02 Peters (Woodyard - 63' )
  • 09 Marks
  • 37 Wright (Cox - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 12 Daley
  • 33 Woodyard
  • 04 Cox
  • 14 Sheppard

Southport

  • 01 Hedge
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Lever
  • 06 Grand
  • 09 Owens
  • 14 Byrne
  • 05 Parry
  • 07 Whalley Booked (Benjamin - 90' )
  • 08 Ledsham
  • 15 Chalmers (Hattersley - 86' )
  • 11 Almond

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 10 Clancy
  • 12 Benjamin
  • 21 Kay
  • 19 Hattersley
Ref: Amey
Att: 451

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

9 7

Corners

8 7

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:33 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:16 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Whalley goes off and Russell Benjamin comes on.

90:00 +2:21

Jordan Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Lever. Chris Lever takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:41

Short corner taken by Karl Ledsham.

88:59

Shaun Whalley takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

87:55

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Karl Ledsham, clearance made by Matthew Paine.

87:43

Shaun Whalley takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Wells.

87:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Parry on Daniel Sparkes. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Sparkes from left channel, Karl Ledsham gets a block in.

85:56 Substitution

Substitution Danny Hattersley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Chalmers.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Ben Wright leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Cox.

81:32

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Wright to the near post, clearance made by Andy Parry.

80:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Wright, Dean Wells takes a shot. Blocked by Simon Grand.

80:35

The ball is crossed by Luke Daley, clearance by Neill Byrne.

80:16

Centre by Daniel Sparkes, clearance by Neill Byrne.

80:02

Short corner taken by Luke Daley.

79:49

Sean Marks takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

79:28

Andy Owens is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

78:43 Booking

Booking Dean Wells is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

77:47

Ben Wright crosses the ball.

77:32

Ben Wright decides to take the corner short.

77:25

The ball is crossed by Daniel Sparkes, blocked by James Smith.

76:28

Inswinging corner taken by Karl Ledsham.

76:15

The ball is crossed by Shaun Whalley, Daniel Sparkes gets a block in.

75:05

The ball is crossed by Aaron Chalmers, Unfair challenge on Sam Habergham by Andy Owens results in a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Luke Daley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenny Davis.

72:12

Short corner taken by Ben Wright, Daniel Sparkes produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

72:03

A cross is delivered by Matthew Paine, blocked by Chris Lever.

70:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sparkes by Andy Parry. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Wright, Jonathan Hedge makes a save.

69:41

The ball is crossed by Aaron Chalmers, Shot by Chris Almond. Save by Danny Naisbitt.

66:35

Foul by Ben Wright on Aaron Chalmers, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

66:01

Foul by Karl Ledsham on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Alex Woodyard takes the free kick.

64:09

James Mulley challenges Chris Almond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

63:25

Aaron Chalmers concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sparkes. Ben Wright delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Jonathan Hedge makes a save.

63:07

Ben Wright takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Byrne.

62:16 Substitution

Substitution Alex Woodyard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Peters.

61:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Almond - Braintree 1 - 3 Southport Chris Almond finds the back of the net with a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Braintree Town 1-3 Southport.

60:40

Ben Wright provided the assist for the goal.

60:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Braintree 1 - 2 Southport Sean Marks finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Braintree Town 1-2 Southport.

60:33

The ball is sent over by Ben Wright,

59:19

Shaun Whalley crosses the ball.

58:43

The ball is swung over by Kenny Davis, Chris Lever makes a clearance.

57:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ben Wright. Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

57:10

Unfair challenge on Ben Wright by Neill Byrne results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Habergham.

55:08

Steven Smith takes the direct free kick.

55:08 Booking

Booking Shaun Whalley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

55:01

Unfair challenge on Daniel Sparkes by Andy Parry results in a free kick.

54:28

Foul by Chris Almond on Ryan Peters, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

53:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Ledsham on Dean Wells. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

49:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Grand - Braintree 0 - 2 Southport Simon Grand finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-2 Southport.

49:27

Centre by Karl Ledsham, clearance made by Steven Smith.

49:08

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Peters.

48:53

Effort on goal by Karl Ledsham from 20 yards. Blocked by Dean Wells.

48:46

Centre by Daniel Sparkes.

47:55

Unfair challenge on Karl Ledsham by Kenny Davis results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Chalmers.

46:46

Shot from just outside the area by Matthew Paine misses to the right of the target.

45:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun Whalley. Danny Naisbitt takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:43

Shaun Whalley sends in a cross.

44:46

James Mulley sends in a cross, Ben Wright has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

44:39

The ball is sent over by Sam Habergham, clearance by Neill Byrne.

43:44

Daniel Sparkes delivers the ball, blocked by Andy Owens.

43:04

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line played to the near post, Karl Ledsham makes a clearance.

42:58

The ball is delivered by Ben Wright, James Smith gets a block in.

42:33

Ryan Peters takes a shot. Blocked by James Smith.

42:12

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Sparkes to the near post, Karl Ledsham manages to make a clearance.

42:04

The ball is swung over by James Mulley, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

40:26

Andy Parry sends in a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

40:12

Andy Owens sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Paine.

38:26

Chris Almond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Peters. Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Jonathan Hedge.

37:41

Daniel Sparkes takes a shot. Blocked by Neill Byrne.

35:45

Effort on goal by Kenny Davis from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

35:38

The ball is swung over by James Mulley, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

34:29

Daniel Sparkes takes a shot. Blocked by James Smith.

33:46

Effort on goal by Karl Ledsham from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

32:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Owens. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

31:46

Ben Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Neill Byrne. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

31:38

James Mulley delivers the ball, Neill Byrne makes a clearance.

30:58

James Mulley produces a cross, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

25:20

The ball is sent over by Ben Wright, James Smith manages to make a clearance.

24:49

Foul by Andy Owens on Dean Wells, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

22:41

Foul by Sam Habergham on Karl Ledsham, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Karl Ledsham from the free kick, save made by Danny Naisbitt.

20:23

Foul by Chris Almond on Kenny Davis, free kick awarded. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

19:48

The official flags Neill Byrne offside. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

19:41

The ball is sent over by Chris Almond.

19:16

Chris Almond takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Peters.

19:08

Centre by Aaron Chalmers, blocked by Sam Habergham.

19:01

Shaun Whalley sends in a cross.

16:34

Corner taken by Daniel Sparkes from the right by-line, clearance by James Smith.

16:23

Sean Marks takes a shot. Simon Grand gets a block in.

15:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Smith by Andy Owens. Free kick taken by Dean Wells.

13:31

Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line played to the near post, Ryan Peters makes a clearance.

13:23

Centre by Andy Owens, blocked by Matthew Paine.

12:52

Sam Habergham challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Chalmers.

12:39

Ben Wright takes a shot. Neill Byrne gets a block in.

12:30

Ryan Peters delivers the ball, Simon Grand manages to make a clearance.

9:47

The official flags Ben Wright offside. Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

8:13

Assist by Shaun Whalley.

8:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Almond - Braintree 0 - 1 Southport Chris Almond fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Braintree Town 0-1 Southport.

5:13

Shot from just outside the box by Shaun Whalley misses to the right of the target.

4:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Paine on Karl Ledsham. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

4:04

Sam Habergham sends in a cross.

3:44

Unfair challenge on Ben Wright by Andy Parry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kenny Davis.

3:17

Unfair challenge on Dean Wells by Shaun Whalley results in a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

2:31

Sean Marks gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hedge. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

1:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Grand on Sean Marks. Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Jonathan Hedge.

1:22

Daniel Sparkes crosses the ball, Sean Marks takes a shot.

0:44

The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis, clearance by James Smith.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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