Wrexham suffered a festive hangover with an abject defeat at the hands of Southport in front of more than 5,000 dejected fans at a wet and windy Racecourse.
Adam Blakeman (19) struck the knockout blow on Boxing Day in the 19th minute to secure the win for Southport, who look an entirely different animal under new boss Dino Maamria.
The only good news for Wrexham is they have the chance to put things right when they take on FC Halifax Town in 48 hours’ time.
Gary Mills made a few changes from the side that ran out handsome 4-2 victors in the FA Trophy clash at Tranmere Rovers.
Mark Carrington and John Cofie started at the expense of Adriano Moke and James Gray, the latter dropping to the bench, while the former was delayed in a lengthy traffic jam on the M62 – a sinkhole near Rochdale and flooding!.
Former Reds striker Andy Bishop was named amongst the substitute for the revitalised Sandgrounders.
After an even opening quarter it was the visitors who took the lead in style.
Blakeman cut inside Ross White and unleashed a right-footed curling shot which beat the outstretched Rhys Taylor and arced into the bottom corner of the net.
Sean Newton fired straight at Max Crocombe as Wrexham rallied before Dom Vose almost found Newton with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Southport then forced three corners in a row and really should have doubled their lead. First Andrew Wright's header was tipped over the bar by Taylor, who then beat out Jamie Allen's shot and watched as Jamal Fyfield cleared the follow-up from Mike Phenix off the line.
The relief amongst the home fans was palpable as the Reds struggled against the wind and Southport's relentless pressing game.
Mills replaced Blaine Hudson with Rob Evans at the break but it was a man already on the pitch who was proving the difference.
On-loan Rhys Taylor, just as he had done at Tranmere, produced a stunning save to keep out Josh Thompson's near-post header and keep his side in the game.
Sandgrounders keeper Crocombe was booked after referee Jason Whiteley finally decided to take action over persistent time-wasting by the visitors.
Connor Jennings went it alone after bursting from deep as the skipper desperately looked to haul his team back into the game.
However, without the craft and vision of Adriano Moke Wrexham continued to huff and puff until the final whistle.
Wrexham:Taylor, White, Hudson (Evans 46), Smith, Fyfield, Carrington, Newton, Vose (Gray 77), Jennings, Cofie (Caton 61), York.
Subs: J Nolan, O’Brien.
Southport: Crocombe, Challoner, Thompson, Foster, Allen (Bishop 81), Wright (L Nolan 70), G Jones, Blakeman, Rutherford, Almond, Phenix (A Jones 76).
Subs: Viscosi, Grimshaw.
Referee: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire)
Wrexham: Newton (73, foul)
Southport: Crocombe (70, timewasting), Foster, (78, foul)