Anton Brown’s goal after just 85 seconds at Southport on Easter Monday settled any nerves that may have crept into Alfreton Town’s survival plans, after defeats to Braintree Town and Lincoln City in the preceding four days.
Daniel Meadows added a second goal in the 37th minute as the Reds recorded one of their more comfortable wins of the season to climb back to 15th position in the Blue Square Bet Premier with only five games left to play, while the hosts suffered a seventh defeat from their last eight games.
Anton Brown initiated the move that led to the opening goal, with Nathan Arnold and Louie Soares combining on the left before returning the ball.
However, all seemed in vain as Brown was bundled over on the edge of the area, but the long-serving midfielder quickly picked himself up to send a deflected shot looping off Southport skipper Simon Grand and over keeper Jonathan Hedge.
Meadows’s task was somewhat easier after James Smith had made a complete hash of guiding his header back to Hedge after Reds’ keeper Jordan Pickford had punted upfield with the assistance of the strong wind, the midfielder simply intercepting with a header over Hedge from ten yards.