Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1.
Tranmere Rovers 4-1 Southport
James Norwood and Connor Jennings both struck twice as Tranmere guaranteed the runners-up spot in the National League with a routine victory over relegated Southport.
Lincoln's win earlier in the day meant Rovers could not catch them in the race for the title, but it failed to curb their effort.
Rovers had a handful of chances before they took a deserved 25th-minute lead, Michael Ihiekwe providing the through ball for Norwood to fire the ball past goalkeeper Chris Cheetham.
The home side wrapped it up at the start of the second half with two quick-fire goals, Norwood doubling his tally with a delightful lob inside the first minute for his 14th goal of the season, before Jennings curled a third into the top corner in the 50th minute.
Rovers defender Lee Vaughan was withdrawn injured on a stretcher following a challenge by Spencer Myers, who reduced the arrears in the 61st minute after a neat knock-down by Andrai Jones.
But, the hosts restored their three-goal advantage 10 minutes later when James Wallace provided the pass for Jennings to slide the ball under Cheetham.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2VaughanSubstituted forDunnat 58'minutes
- 38WallaceBooked at 35mins
- 10NorwoodSubstituted forCookat 72'minutes
- 23StocktonSubstituted forManganat 72'minutes
- 29MyersBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHynesat 73'minutes
- 12JonesSubstituted forMcKennaat 83'minutes
- 19WeeksSubstituted forMonteiroat 89'minutes
- Simon Barrow
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1.
Substitution, Southport. Kevin Monteiro replaces Declan Weeks.
Substitution, Southport. Ben McKenna replaces Andrai Jones.
Substitution, Southport. Liam Hynes replaces Spencer Myers.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Mangan replaces Cole Stockton.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces James Norwood.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 4, Southport 1. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Southport 1. Spencer Myers (Southport).
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Dunn replaces Lee Vaughan.
Spencer Myers (Southport) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 3, Southport 0. Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 2, Southport 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0.
James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 1, Southport 0. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.