REPORT by Jonathan O'Byrne
After the disappointment of defeat against Boston, Southport bounced back with two productive performances on the road.
On Tuesday evening The Sandgrounders made the long journey to Northamptonshire to face Kettering Town.
In a close fought encounter the Yellows won by a single goal. David Morgan scoring the winner, firing the ball into the far post of the goal just before the break after great link-up play from Marcus Carver.
In the second half the visitors were forced to weather the storm as the hosts piled on the pressure. Though a spirited Southport rear guard were able to rebuff the aerial bombardment which is a customary trait of Paul Cox’s team to hang on to claim victory by the solitary goal.
On Saturday the trip to Shropshire saw Southport reacquaint themselves with familiar foes in AFC Telford United. The Sandgrounders have enjoyed mixed fortunes at the New Bucks Head over the years and on this occasion they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Southport started the brighter of the two sides and had Bucks on the back foot from the start. In an entertaining encounter that went from end to end.
At the start of the second half Jack Byrne was sent off for a late challenge to reduce the hosts to ten men. His late clumsy tackle was occasioned by the quick feet of Connor Woods.
Southport struck first; Dylan Vassallo’s ball into the box was headed on by Mo Ali and Marcus Carver glanced the ball home to give Southport the lead.
Telford rallied, perhaps the freshness told for the hosts unlike Southport had not played in the week and a late challenge by Mo Ali gave Telford a free kick on the edge of the box. The acclaimed left boot of Brendon Daniels fired the ball accurately into the bottom corner of the net to level matters.
A closely fought encounter ended with the scores even, Southport had been the better side here however on Tuesday against Kettering they’d hung on for three points in the Final stages.
On Tuesday Southport host promotion contenders York City and two back-to-back home games are followed in quick succession with the visit of Spennymoor, another side who are always in the play off places year in year out. November represents a tough month of fixtures for the 3rd placed Sandgrounders who should fear no-one.
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