Southport gained a creditable 2-2 draw from their long trip to Dover and edged another point away from the Conference Premier relegation zone, still in 20th place.
The home side stormed into an early lead when, after a succession of corners, Sean Raggett headed in Barry Cogan’s cross.
But the Sandgrounders came more into the game and should have gone in level at half-time. George Donnelly hit a post and Richard Brodie’s shot from the rebound was blocked by Sean Francis.
The equaliser finally came in the 70th minute, Brodie rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net.
But three minutes later, Danny Lloyd-Weston came racing out of his goal to collect the ball but misjudged the distance and Dan Holman coolly took it past him for Dover’s second.
This time the lead lasted just two minutes as Paul Rutherford scored his second goal for the club to ensure they did not go home empty handed.
And only a fine save by Mitch Walker from a back pass by Tyrone Sterling, his own player, prevented Port taking all three points, which on balance they deserved.
In the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge drew 2-2 at Farsley AFC. Andrew Welsh (7) and Robert O’Brien (62) scored for the hosts, with Darren Green (45) and Ally Waddecar (59) netting for Brig.
Clitheroe went down 1-0 at home to Scarborough Athletic, and Lancaster lost at home by the same scoreline against Northwich Vics.
But Jordan Connerton hit a hat-trick as Kendal Town upset high-flying Darlington 1883 4-2.
All Connerton’s strikes came in the opening 15 minutes, with Byron Andrew settling the hosts’ nerves four minutes from time.
That was after Darlo had reduced the deficit to 3-2 with goals from Ian Watson (65) and Terence Galbraith (80).
In the Conference North, nine-man AFC Fylde had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Hyde, after Josh Wilson put them in front.