Sean Marks' strike gave Braintree their first victory in six games with a win over Southport.

Marks latched onto Kenny Davis' pass and tucked away his third goal of the season for The Iron.

Davis almost made it two after the break but was denied by a fine save from Southport keeper Danny Hurst.

Matt Paine also headed a good chance wide while Karl Ledsham went close for the visitors in the second half but they could not find an equaliser.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Braintree Town manager Alan Devonshire told BBC Essex:

"No game in this league is easy. If we'd scored the second goal, I think we could have maybe scored three or four.

"I just don't think it's dropping for us at the moment, we haven't had that little bit of luck.

"Listen I'll take it, it's about the result. It's the three points we needed.

"We were in total control of the game, we've made hard work of it because of hanging on for the 1-0 in the last five minutes when they put bodies forward."

Match Stats

Shots

20 5

On target

7 3

Corners

5 0

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

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

90:00 +2:41

Matt Paine handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jamie Milligan. Clearance by Matt Paine.

90:00 +0:52 Substitution

Substitution Newman Carney replaces James Mulley.

90:00 +0:12

James Mulley takes a shot. Danny Hurst catches the ball.

89:13

Liam Enver-Marum is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

88:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Challoner on Sam Habergham. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

87:19

Karl Ledsham takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Paine.

86:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Challoner by James Mulley. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

85:16

The offside flag is raised against Jordan Cox. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

84:34

The ball is crossed by Matthew Challoner. Header at goal by Karl Ledsham misses left of the target.

84:10

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Brice Irie-Bi.

83:05

Unfair challenge on James Mulley by Brice Irie-Bi results in a free kick. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

80:09 Substitution

Substitution Liam Enver-Marum joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Strutton.

80:09

The ball is sent over by Osayamen Osawe. Clearance made by Sam Habergham.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Cox replaces Sean Marks.

74:36

The ball is sent over by Matthew Challoner. Nathan McDonald safely holds on.

74:11

David Fitzpatrick takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Massey.

74:02

The ball is swung over by Steven Tames.

72:50

A cross is delivered by James Mulley. Danny Hurst catches the ball.

72:35

Centre by David Fitzpatrick. Nathan McDonald catches the ball.

68:51

James Mulley is ruled offside. James Smith restarts play with the free kick.

67:48

Kenny Davis takes a shot.

67:39

Kenny Davis produces a cross. Clearance by Matthew Challoner.

66:52

Foul by James Smith on Charlie Strutton, free kick awarded. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

65:44

Charlie Strutton is caught offside. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

65:14

Alan Massey takes a weak shot and went wide left of the target.

62:23

Alan Massey takes a shot. Luke George gets a block in. Corner taken by Kenny Davis. Shot by Alan Massey went wide of the right-hand post.

60:51

Clearance made by James Smith.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Karl Ledsham on for Scott Brown.

60:51 Substitution

Substitution Paul Rutherford leaves the field to be replaced by Osayamen Osawe.

60:51

Kenny Davis takes a shot. Danny Hurst dives and deflects the ball away.Corner taken by Kenny Davis.

60:00

Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke George. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

59:36

The ball is delivered by Chez Isaac. James Smith makes a clearance.

57:52

Chez Isaac sends in a cross. Clearance by James Smith. Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Header at goal by Matt Paine to the left of the net.

55:16

Unfair challenge on Ryan Peters by Paul Rutherford results in a free kick. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.

53:22

Unfair challenge on James Mulley by Paul Rutherford results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Habergham.

52:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Strutton. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

52:32

The ball is swung over by Sam Habergham and goes out.

52:12

The ball is crossed by Sam Habergham. James Smith gets a block in.

51:52

The ball is swung over by Chez Isaac. Clearance made by James Smith.

49:56

Jamie Milligan takes a shot. Kenny Davis gets a block in.

48:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Sean Marks takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

46:19

Brice Irie-Bi fouled by Matt Paine, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Milligan restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:13

David Fitzpatrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Marks. The ball is crossed by Kenny Davis. Header by Ryan Peters goes over the bar.

44:29 Booking

Booking

44:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Davis by Scott Brown. Scott Brown is cautioned. Kenny Davis restarts play with the free kick.

42:25

Foul by James Mulley on Chris Almond, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.

40:28

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Paine. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

39:46 Booking

Booking

39:35

Brice Irie-Bi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Mulley. The referee shows Brice Irie-Bi a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Kenny Davis restarts the game.

38:13

Charlie Strutton takes a shot.

36:24

Assist on the goal came from Kenny Davis.

36:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Marks - Braintree 1 - 0 Southport Sean Marks scores with a right foot finish. Braintree Town 1-0 Southport.

35:48 Booking

Booking

35:25

Luke George gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Marks. Luke George receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Kenny Davis delivers the ball.

32:51

Sean Marks is ruled offside. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

31:54

The ball is sent over by Scott Brown. Nathan McDonald safely holds on.

29:24

The ball is crossed by Sam Habergham. Ryan Peters takes a weak shot and went wide right of the goal.

27:59

Kenny Davis fouled by Brice Irie-Bi, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Habergham restarts play with the free kick.

25:50

Header at goal by Sean Marks to the left of the net.

25:25

Brice Irie-Bi concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Peters. Ryan Peters restarts play with the free kick.

23:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Challoner by Charlie Strutton. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

22:17

Shot by Charlie Strutton missed to the left of goal.

20:41

A cross is delivered by Ryan Peters. Kenny Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on James Smith. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

19:19 Booking

Booking

18:49

Jamie Milligan fouled by Chez Isaac, the ref awards a free kick. Chez Isaac goes into the book. Jamie Milligan crosses the ball in from the free kick.

15:38

Shot by Chez Isaac went wide of the right-hand upright.

14:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Almond on Sam Habergham. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

14:07

Shot by Matt Paine. Blocked by Jamie Milligan.

13:47

The ball is delivered by David Fitzpatrick. Nathan McDonald safely holds on.

13:08

The referee blows for offside against Charlie Strutton. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.

12:05

The referee gives a free kick against Scott Brown for handball. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

10:38

Sean Marks has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

10:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chez Isaac by Brice Irie-Bi. Nathan McDonald takes the free kick.

9:32

Sean Marks concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke George. David Fitzpatrick restarts play with the free kick.

7:37

Matt Paine fouled by Jamie Milligan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nathan McDonald.

7:09

Scott Brown takes a shot.

5:36

Brice Irie-Bi challenges Chez Isaac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chez Isaac.

5:14

Charlie Strutton has an effort at goal. Danny Hurst catches the ball.

4:38

Matthew Challoner concedes a free kick for a foul on James Mulley. Kenny Davis takes the free kick.

0:44

Sean Marks takes a shot. Danny Hurst dives and deflects the ball away.Corner from the left by-line taken by Kenny Davis. Header at goal by Dean Wells goes right of the post.

0:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Rutherford by Ryan Peters. Free kick taken by Jamie Milligan.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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