Chris Lever scored a last minute penalty to hand Southport FC all three points against struggling Ebbsfleet United.

Lever scored from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after both teams had a penalty saved earlier in the match.

Ebbsfleet were the strongest team in the early stages and they created several chances. Liam Enver-Marum had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Tony McMillan after Lever was punished for handball.

Enver-Marum had another chance when he fired the ball wide after a defensive mistake from Southport. Tom Phipp wasted a great chance at the far post as he failed to score from Nathan Elder’s cross.

Southport came out better for the second-half and they were awarded a penalty when Shaun Whalley was fouled in the area by Phipp. Tony Gray stepped up to take the penalty but it was kept out by keeper Preston Edwards.

The Sandgrounders continued to press forward and Edwards saved a shot from Whalley and he made another save to keep out Gray’s low shot.

Substitute Michael Bakare  had a shot parried by keeper Edwards before Patrick Ada blocked Lever’s close range effort on the line.

The Sandgrounders wrapped up the points in the last minute when Ada was shown a red card for fouling Chris Almond in the area. Lever stepped up and fired the penalty into the top corner.



Port: McMillan, Smith, Lever, Lynch, Grand, Whalley, Poku, Parry, Moogan, Gray, Ledsham. Subs: Hibbert, Tames, Bakare, Almond, Benjamin.

Ebbsfleet: Edwards, Patrick, Walsh, Lorraine, Enver-Marum, Marwa, Elder, Phipp, Howe, Barrett, Folkes. Subs: Stone, Ashikodi, Menz, Bellamy, Grn