Louis Almond’s goal earned Southport a draw against play-off-chasing Braintree Town in the National League.

Dan Sparkes put Braintree ahead when he fired in Matt Fry’s right-wing cross from inside the box.

Josh Thompson headed wide as the Sandgrounders pushed for an equaliser, before Almond turned Paul Rutherford’s cross beyond Town keeper Michael Crowe.

Southport forward Andy Bishop missed the target from six yards out late on, but Braintree held on for a point.

Midfielder Steven Hewitt was an unused substitute for Southport after joining the club on Friday, having been allowed to leave Chester.



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