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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.

Line-ups

Southport

  • 27Norman
  • 26Higgins
  • 3Ashton
  • 8GrimesSubstituted forHynesat 62'minutes
  • 20HigginsBooked at 36mins
  • 4Nolan
  • 5Thompson
  • 12Jones
  • 19WeeksSubstituted forCatonat 62'minutes
  • 14McKennaSubstituted forGrayat 86'minutes
  • 7Allen

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 6Jerome
  • 9Gray
  • 10Hynes
  • 16Caton

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 3Okimo
  • 29Parry
  • 4Lee
  • 28Rumens
  • 27ClohessyBooked at 87mins
  • 14Muldoon
  • 7MidsonBooked at 45mins
  • 10Akinola
  • 23CheekSubstituted forBarnardat 84'minutes
  • 26Patterson

Substitutes

  • 5Gayle
  • 8Isaac
  • 9Barnard
  • 15Matthews
  • 17Hall-Johnson
Referee:
Andrew Miller
Attendance:
866

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 4, Braintree Town 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southport 4, Braintree Town 5.

Booking

Sean Clohessy (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. James Gray replaces Ben McKenna.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Michael Cheek.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 4, Braintree Town 5. Jack Midson (Braintree Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Liam Hynes replaces Ashley Grimes.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. James Caton replaces Declan Weeks.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 4, Braintree Town 4. Jamie Allen (Southport) converts the penalty with a.

Second Half

Second Half begins Southport 3, Braintree Town 4.

Half Time

First Half ends, Southport 3, Braintree Town 4.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 4. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Booking

Jack Midson (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jack Higgins (Southport) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 3. Oliver Muldoon (Braintree Town).

Goal!

Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 2. Manny Parry (Braintree Town).

Goal!

Goal! Southport 3, Braintree Town 1. Andrai Jones (Southport).

Goal!

Goal! Southport 2, Braintree Town 1. Josh Thompson (Southport).

Goal!

Goal! Southport 1, Braintree Town 1. Jack Higgins (Southport).

Goal!

Goal! Southport 0, Braintree Town 1. Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

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1Forest Green23145442212147
2Lincoln City22144448222646
3Barrow22128239192044
4Tranmere22135432161644
5Dag & Red22133632221042
6Dover2113174234840
7Boreham Wood2210662618836
8Eastleigh229853325835
9Gateshead2297638251334
10Macclesfield2110472821734
11Aldershot239682624233
12Chester228863426832
13Sutton United228592727029
14Bromley228592831-329
15Wrexham227872127-629
16Solihull Moors2274112837-925
17Torquay2264122029-922
18Maidstone United2264122541-1622
19Woking2255123443-920
20Braintree2255122440-1620
21Southport2255122548-2320
22Guiseley2244142538-1316
23York2237122141-2016
24North Ferriby United2243151033-2315
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