Sam Come’s brace eased Braintree to victory over National League strugglers Southport.
Euan Murray almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion for the visitors after 11 minutes, but his overhead kick hit a post after beating Ben McNamara.
Southport continued to play well, but it was the hosts who got the breakthrough when Come found the back of the net through a crowd of bodies four minutes before the interval.
He added a second just before the hour mark, blasting past Craig King after being put through by Michael Cheek, and that was enough to condemn Southport to a fourth straight defeat.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.