Frus­tra­tion for Davies again - but Ja­son’s goals give op­ti­mism

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY ALAN JONES

KEVIN DAVIES re­mains pos­i­tive about the progress be­ing made by his South­port team de­spite see­ing them sur­ren­der a two-goal lead in the fi­nal stages against Tam­worth.

The Sand­grounders were seem­ingly set for the first win in 14 matches un­til a col­lapse in the fi­nal nine min­utes left them with a fa­mil­iar sense of dis­ap­point­ment. On his sec­ond start since sign­ing from FC United of Manch­ester, Ja­son Gilchrist hit a hat-trick and Davies is con­fi­dent about Port’s prospects, de­spite the re­turn of their reg­u­lar short­com­ings.

“At 3-1 up with a cou­ple of min­utes to go we felt com­fort­able and we were pleased with the shape and per­son­nel,” said Davies.

“We had limited Tam­worth to few chances but it’s about see­ing the match out which we have spo­ken to the play­ers about be­fore.

“Scor­ing a goal has given Tam­worth a big lift but for us it’s about get­ting the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowhow to see the game out. We can’t need to keep scor­ing three or four goals to win a game.

“We’re try­ing to re­main pos­i­tive as a group and we’re get­ting close. We’re cre­at­ing chances and scor­ing goals, we’re try­ing to im­prove week af­ter week and it’s my job to as­sess the ar­eas where we need to im­prove.

“The play­ers have worked ex­tremely hard and have done what we asked them to do. We’re dis­ap­pointed but the per­for­mance on the whole was good. It’s go­ing to take time but we’re mak­ing the right strides. The play­ers who have come in have given us a pos­i­tive vibe and we think that we’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

The re­cent ad­di­tions to South­port’s squad have cer­tainly brought an im­prove­ment, none more so than Gilchrist, whose hat-trick was un­doubt­edly the high­light for the Sand­grounders.

“Ja­son comes alive in those ar­eas and for us it’s about get­ting the ser­vice to him,” Davies added.

“He took his goals re­ally well and we’re de­lighted to have him in the team. He’s shown what he’s ca­pa­ble of and we’ve worked hard to bring him in.”

A foot­note to Gilchrist’s feat on Satur­day was that he be­came the first player in South­port’s his­tory to score a hat-trick on his league de­but. Gilchrist also net­ted in his first game for the Sand­grounders in the Build­base FA Tro­phy at Stock­port County.

Oth­ers to come close were Lee Mul­vaney, who had made a sub­sti­tute league ap­pear­ance be­fore net­ting three times at Hal­i­fax Town in his first full league start. Mul­vaney had also made cup ap­pear­ances and scored a cup goal ear­lier in the 2002-03 sea­son.

In South­port’s Foot­ball League days, Bert Valen­tine scored three in his sec­ond game in 1928-29 and Ben Twell also got a hat-trick in his sec­ond game in 1929-30.

Joe ‘Hat-Trick’ Patrick scored on his de­but, got a dou­ble in his sec­ond game and a tre­ble on his third ap­pear­ance.

On Satur­day, South­port play an im­por­tant match at sec­ond-bot­tom Bos­ton United. The Trust In Yel­low coach will be run­ning.

The fare is £22 for mem­bers, £17 for U16 mem­bers and £27 for non­mem­bers, de­part­ing at 9.15am.

To book, text Bill Sloan on 07952-056385.

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