Southport earned their second win of the week as they dispatched a poor Bradford side by three goals to nil at the Horsfall Stadium.

Port defender Ryan Astles’ first league goal of the season was the only major talking point from the first half as windy conditions threatened the intensity of the game.

The towering centre back finished from close range after Bradford keeper Joe Green parried Devarn Green’s free kick into the 25-year-old’s path.

The tempo picked up in the second half and, despite the hosts dominating early proceedings, Green’s second goal in as many matches soon doubled the Sandgrounders advantage.

Southport captain, David Morgan, released the former Tranmere winger into the opposition’s penalty area, who maintained his composure to poke the ball through the legs of the onrushing goalkeeper.

A slight knock forced Green off in the 70th minute, leaving Morgan to turn goal scorer as he sent an epic strike from 30-yards into the bottom corner.

Two minutes later, Bradford’s miserable afternoon was almost made even worse as Jack Sampson avoided a red card for an awful challenge on Josh Heaton.

The result pushes Southport up to fourth in the National League North table as Bradford remain in the relegation zone.

(Photo credited to Graham Hogg under CC Licence)