Char­ac­ter is so strong

Midweek Visiter - - Motors - BY ALAN JONES

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

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