Joe Anyinsah scored his second goal in as many games as Wrexham ended a four-match winless run against Southport.

The Sandgrounders were marking their 1,500th non-league game, but had nothing to celebrate in a seventh away defeat of the season.

Osayamen Osawe and Paul Rutherford combined to waste a wonderful 72nd-minute chance.

And two minutes later Anyinsah struck to seal victory as Dean Keates returned following pre-season toe surgery.

The Dragons climbed a place to 19th in the Conference Premier, while Southport went from 14th to 15th.

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Wrexham boss Andy Morrell told BBC Wales:

"It's a massive relief, especially after the first half with the chances we created.

"I'm just thinking 'not one of them, especially tonight', but the lads dug deep. They stuck at it and it just proves in a minute, the football there, the fine lines between winning and losing a football match.

"They're two on one with the keeper to beat and Coughs [Andy Coughlin] makes two unbelievable saves and the lads get back and get him out of the mire.

"And then we play a ball forward. If Bish [Andy Bishop] touches it, it's offside. He misses it and it goes through to Joe [Anyinsah] and he rounds the keeper and scores.

"Crazy, crazy, but thankfully a bit of fortune has gone our way this time."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Wrexham

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 17 Clowes (Hunt - 55' )
  • 03 Ashton
  • 28 Artell
  • 06 Clarke
  • 26 Anyinsah
  • 12 Keates
  • 08 Harris
  • 29 Carrington
  • 10 Ormerod (Bailey-Jones - 77' )
  • 09 Bishop (Ogleby - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Bailey-Jones
  • 15 Ogleby
  • 16 Hunt
  • 07 Cieslewicz
  • 01 Mayebi

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 02 Smith
  • 12 Challoner
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 06 Brown Booked
  • 07 Chalmers (Rutherford - 46' )
  • 18 George
  • 26 Irie-Bi (Osawe - 46' )
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 08 Milligan
  • 09 Tames (Hattersley - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Stevenson
  • 21 Osawe
  • 03 Willis
  • 15 Hattersley
  • 14 Rutherford
Ref: Darren England
Att: 2,734

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

4 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wrexham 1, Southport 0.

90:00 +3:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wrexham 1, Southport 0.

90:00 +1:13

Attempt missed. Jamie Milligan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

90:00 +0:44

Foul by David Artell (Wrexham).

90:00 +0:44

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

88:13

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

86:04

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

86:04

David Artell (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

84:51

Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

84:51

Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

83:36

Corner, Wrexham.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Robert Ogleby replaces Andy Bishop.

81:52

Attempt saved. Theo Bailey-Jones (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

81:02

Corner, Wrexham.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Theo Bailey-Jones replaces Brett Ormerod.

74:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wrexham 1, Southport 0. Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham).

72:39

Corner, Wrexham.

71:53

Corner, Wrexham.

70:47

Offside, Wrexham. Andy Bishop tries a through ball, but Andy Bishop is caught offside.

69:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Steven Tames.

66:52

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:14

Corner, Wrexham.

64:42

Attempt missed. Dean Keates (Wrexham) header misses to the left.

63:31

Corner, Wrexham.

62:48

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

62:48

Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

62:13

Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

61:35

Corner, Southport.

57:45

Foul by Brett Ormerod (Wrexham).

57:45

Danny Hurst (Southport) wins a free kick.

57:23

Corner, Wrexham.

56:51

Corner, Wrexham.

54:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wrexham. Johnny Hunt replaces Leon Clowes.

52:02

Offside, Southport. Karl Ledsham tries a through ball, but Karl Ledsham is caught offside.

49:19

Attempt saved. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

48:38

Foul by Joe Clarke (Wrexham).

48:38

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

47:44

Attempt missed. Jamie Milligan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Paul Rutherford replaces Aaron Chalmers.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces Brice Irie-Bi.

45:00

Second Half begins Wrexham 0, Southport 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wrexham 0, Southport 0.

43:35

Corner, Southport.

43:15

Brice Irie-Bi (Southport) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

42:33

Foul by Brett Ormerod (Wrexham).

42:33

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

41:03

Foul by Dean Keates (Wrexham).

41:03

Brice Irie-Bi (Southport) wins a free kick.

39:08

Attempt saved. Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

37:49

Attempt missed. Joe Clarke (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

34:05

Attempt saved. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

31:46

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

31:46

Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

29:59

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

28:02

Offside, Wrexham. Joe Clarke tries a through ball, but Joe Clarke is caught offside.

27:14

Attempt saved. Brett Ormerod (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

22:51

Foul by Aaron Chalmers (Southport).

22:51

Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

20:34

Attempt missed. Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham) header is too high.

19:37

Attempt missed. Brett Ormerod (Wrexham) header misses to the right.

17:41

Offside, Southport. Steven Tames tries a through ball, but Steven Tames is caught offside.

14:54

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

14:54

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

14:04

Hand ball by Luke George (Southport).

9:36

Foul by Aaron Chalmers (Southport).

9:36

Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

7:44

Corner, Southport.

4:18

Foul by Brice Irie-Bi (Southport).

4:18

David Artell (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

2:51

Corner, Wrexham.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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