MATCH REPORT | Braintree Town 2 – 0 Southport
Two excellent Braintree Town finishes from Sam Corne and a lack of composure from the Port players sentenced Southport to another defeat.
Euan Murray, marauding forward, saw his 10th minute overhead kick from a long left-wing thrown-in came off the base of the far post and back into play.
Southport dominated the first half but they failed to seriously extend Braintree goalkeeper Ben McNamara.
Just before half-time the Sam Corne latched onto a deep right-wing corner and slotted home with a snap shot finish.
Southport midfielder Jim Stevenson wasted a great 57th-minute opportunity, shooting straight at McNarama from just 12 yards.
Within seconds, Corne produced a superb low 25-yard finish, beating goalkeeper Craig King to his left.
That second killed off the Sandgrounders, whose closest chance to score in the second half was through a Stevenson glancing header that a mid-air McNamara clutched comfortably.
Southport: King, R Higgins, J Higgins, White, Murray (Jones 79), McKeown, Nolan, Weeks, Stevenson, Grimes (Coley 66), Almond.
Subs not used: McKenna, Brodie, Cundy.