Southport 3Vauxhall Motors 0
SEVEN points from safety, now there are only 12 possible points remaining for Vauxhall Motors after Southport turned their Blue Square North survival battle from tough to desperate.
The promotion chasing Sandgrounders were never going to present Motors with an easy win, but the ability of the Motormen to raise their game against the division’s top sides this season gave them a glimmer of hope.
At Haig Avenue, that hope dimmed as Southport took their chances well.
Possession-wise Motors matched them but possession does not win games and Southport always looked dangerous with Steve Daly and Chris Simm in attack.
The Sandgrounders broke the deadlock on 31 minutes with a gift from unfortunate Motors loanee Rory Winters, who headed a cross past his own keeper into the net.
Motors’ best chance fell to Lee Furlong just after half-time, but his diving header from close range was saved.
Southport had to wait until the hour mark for their second goal Steve Daly slotting home in a one-on-one with Motors’ keeper James Coates.
The home side grabbed their third goal on 75 minutes when Simm headed home from a corner whipped in from the left.
James Coates prevented a fourth when he saved a late penalty.