In the Conference Premier, Southport’s misfortunes continued on Saturday when they were beaten 3-0 by Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose.
The Sandgrounders gave debuts to striker Ross Dyer, and keeper David Reya Martin, who replaced long-term injury victim Daniel Lloyd-Weston.
But, repeating the pattern of their last two matches, it took only eight minutes for Port to fall behind, a tremendous volley by Luke Waterfall from a Waide Fairhurst corner finding the net.
This was followed in the 22nd minute by a second goal, a free-kick from Paul Turnbull.
And Waterfall made it three just before the interval when he headed in a Turnbull cross.
Dyer and Richard Brodie had the best efforts for the visitors but were thwarted by the Macclesfield keeper.
In the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge were 2-1 winners at Padiham.
Curtis Haley (31) put the hosts ahead but Brig took the points thanks to strikes from Joseph Mullen (36) and Matthew Mahoney (45) .
Lancaster City were another local side to win on their travels.
The Dolly Blues triumphed 4-1 at New Mills.
Tom Kilfin scored twice for the visitors, with Neil Marshall and Aaron Taylor also on target.
Matthew Barlow replied late on for New Mills.
Kendal Town also scored four goals as they beat Radcliffe Borough 4-1.
Warren Beattie (14) started the rout. But Town did not have it all their own way as Michael McGinlay levelled the scores just three minutes later.
Kieron Pickup (65) made it 2-0 to Kendal, before late strikes from Rob Wilson (88) and Maison McGeechan (90) added some gloss to the scoreline.
Elsewhere, Burscough went down 2-0 at Scarborough Athletic and Clitheroe lost by the same score at Ossett Albion.