Character is so strong
THE character within Southport’s newly-built squad is something that manager Alan Lewer has been quick to highlight during the opening weeks of the season and it was evident again on Saturday.
On the back of their first defeat of the season at Salford City, the Sandgrounders responded in impressive fashion to register a win against a Darlington team who started the game in sixth place in the Vanarama National League North.
Despite several injuries to an already small squad, Southport registered a dazzling second-half performance to notch a fifth win from their first eight games and leave Lewer (picured) smiling again.
“The character in our squad is unbelievable,” the manager said.
“We’ve got some good professionals in our dressing room who have played in the Football League and they won’t have anyone in there who doesn’t knuckle down and do the hard graft.
“There was a little bit for us to sort out at half-time but we gave a really good account of ourselves in the second half.
“Darlington are a difficult team to break down but we stuck to our task and I’m very pleased with how we played.”
Southport are third in the early league table, three points behind Harrogate Town and Brackley Town, who share the jointleadership and remain unbeaten.
The win against Darlington was the third match in what always promised to be a challenging six-game run for the Sandgrounders against the strongest teams in the division.
That sequence of games continues tonight (Tuesday) away at Stockport County, arguably the biggest club in the league, and on Saturday at home to Kidderminster Harriers, last season’s defeated play-off finalists.
Stockport sit tenth but are yet to lose at home, while Kidderminster’s form has picked up after a slow start to the season.
Admission prices Kidderminster offer excellent value for youngsters. Entry is just £5 for juniors aged 12 - 18, while children aged 11 and under can watch for free when with an adult.
* Stockport County v Southport, Tuesday, 7.45pm. Southport v Kidderminster Harriers, Saturday, 3pm