Match ends, Southport 4, Braintree Town 5.
Southport 4-5 Braintree Town
Braintree moved out of the National League drop zone at Southport's expense after edging out the Sandgrounders in a thrilling contest where seven goals were scored in the first half alone.
The tone was set in the opening minute when Michael Cheek converted at the near post, but Southport first drew level when Jack Higgins scrambled home after a quarter of an hour before Josh Thompson's header put them ahead.
Andrai Jones profited from a goalkeeping error almost immediately after in the 28th minute but Manny Parry closed the gap moments later before Oliver Muldoon's floated free-kick levelled matters after 36 matters.
Another Muldoon free-kick was turned into his own net by Higgins as Braintree, having trailed 3-1, ended a breathless first-half leading 4-3 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Southport were level after 56 minutes when Jamie Allen netted from the spot after Braintree goalkeeper Sam Beasant had brought down Jones, but the visitors had the final say eight minutes later when Jack Midson headed home from a corner.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 8GrimesSubstituted forHynesat 62'minutes
- 20HigginsBooked at 36mins
- 19WeeksSubstituted forCatonat 62'minutes
- 14McKennaSubstituted forGrayat 86'minutes
- 27ClohessyBooked at 87mins
- 7MidsonBooked at 45mins
- 23CheekSubstituted forBarnardat 84'minutes
- Andrew Miller
Second Half ends, Southport 4, Braintree Town 5.
Sean Clohessy (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Southport. James Gray replaces Ben McKenna.
Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Michael Cheek.
Goal! Southport 4, Braintree Town 5. Jack Midson (Braintree Town).
Substitution, Southport. Liam Hynes replaces Ashley Grimes.
Substitution, Southport. James Caton replaces Declan Weeks.
Goal! Southport 4, Braintree Town 4. Jamie Allen (Southport) converts the penalty with a.
Second Half begins Southport 3, Braintree Town 4.
First Half ends, Southport 3, Braintree Town 4.
Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 4. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).
Jack Midson (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.
Jack Higgins (Southport) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 3. Oliver Muldoon (Braintree Town).
Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 2. Manny Parry (Braintree Town).
Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 1. Andrai Jones (Southport).
Goal! Southport 2, Braintree Town 1. Josh Thompson (Southport).
Goal! Southport 1, Braintree Town 1. Jack Higgins (Southport).
Goal! Southport 0, Braintree Town 1. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.