Southport were beaten 1-0 by Barrow in a lacklustre National League game.
Andy Cook scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute when his fierce shot in the six-yard box gave Andy Coughlin no chance.
It could have been two in the 83rd minute but this time Coughlin pulled off a great diving save from the same player.
More disturbing for the Sandgrounders were the two red cards dished out by referee Mr Evans.
Andrei Jones was dismissed for a bad foul on Elliott Newby, his second dismissal already this season, and Josh Thompson for an off the ball altercation.
Barrow keeper Joel Dixon saved the points for his side with a brave save in the 89th minute.
But a draw would have been flattering for a Southport side with little organisation or fight.
They stay bottom of the National League but are still only three points behind the side in 20th place.
In the National League North, AFC Fylde ran out 2-0 winners at Curzon Ashton, with Dom Collins and Richie Baker – with a penalty – getting the goals.
Elsewhere, it was FA Cup preliminary round day, with Bamber Bridge earning a 1-1 draw at Mossley.
Mitchell Bryant put the hosts ahead but Brig earned a replay through Stuart Vasey’s strike.
Burscough beat AFC Emley 3-1, with goals from Paul Williams (penalty), Michael Smith and Liam Caddick.
Lancaster City drew 1-1 at Marske United, where the goals came late on.
Liam O’Sullivan (79) put Marske ahead, only for Ryan Winder to level three minutes later.
Kendal Town were another side to draw 1-1 in the cup, at North Shields. Daniel Forbes (28) put Town in front.
But James Luccock netted for Shields five minutes before half-time.