A first-half double by striker Alex Reid set in-form Stockport on the way to a 0-3 win at Wrexham in the National League, as The Hatters extended their unbeaten run to eight games.
With a quarter-of-an-hour gone and the home side looking more likely, route one did the trick for County when Ben Hinchliffe’s long ball fell in behind for another former Wrexham man in Alex Reid – following good pressure from Harry Cardwell – with Reid flicking past Christian Dibble to give The Hatters an early lead.
A big handball appeal was waved away inside the Wrexham area as Paddy Madden looked to get his shot away soon after, but County did have their second just moments later.
Skipper Liam Hogan did superbly to press the hosts high, force the error and see possession conceded to John Rooney. Rooney found Tom Walker out wide, with the Harrogate loanee’s cross headed on by Harry Cardwell and converted at close-range by the lurking Reid.
As the hosts committed men forward after the break, it left space open for The Hatters – space which was gladly taken advantage of with twenty minutes remaining.
Ryan Croasdale cleared a near-post delivery, with the sheer pace of Southam-Hales beating captain Mark Carrington to the ball. Southam-Hales raced clear on goal from his own half, with the Welshman hacked down inside the area.
Referee Andrew Kitchen pointed to the spot, with Rooney stepping up to slot his first goal since returning to the side from injury low past a helpless Dibble.
Despite some good late chances to increase their lead, The Hatters settled for their three-goal haul and secured a fine victory in Wales to cement their position inside the National League play-offs.