Match ends, Wrexham 1, Southport 0.
Wrexham 1-0 Southport
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
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."
- 17ClowesSubstituted forHuntat 55'minutes
- 10OrmerodSubstituted forBailey-Jonesat 77'minutes
- 9BishopSubstituted forOglebyat 84'minutes
- 6BrownBooked at 45mins
- 7ChalmersSubstituted forRutherfordat 46'minutes
- 26Irie-BiSubstituted forOsaweat 46'minutes
- 9TamesSubstituted forHattersleyat 70'minutes
- Darren England
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Wrexham 1, Southport 0.
Attempt missed. Jamie Milligan (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Foul by David Artell (Wrexham).
Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).
David Artell (Wrexham) wins a free kick.
Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).
Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham) wins a free kick.
Substitution, Wrexham. Robert Ogleby replaces Andy Bishop.
Attempt saved. Theo Bailey-Jones (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Substitution, Wrexham. Theo Bailey-Jones replaces Brett Ormerod.
Goal! Wrexham 1, Southport 0. Joe Anyinsah (Wrexham).
Offside, Wrexham. Andy Bishop tries a through ball, but Andy Bishop is caught offside.
Substitution, Southport. Danny Hattersley replaces Steven Tames.