Sal­ford put the squeeze on bat­tling Port

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out of legs. Hav­ing drawn against York and matched Sal­ford for the most part, South­port’s per­for­mances over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end should of­fer real en­cour­age­ment that a newly-built squad can hold their own against the stronger teams in the di­vi­sion.

That said, a rel­a­tively small group of play­ers is al­ready be­ing pushed to its lim­its.

With Liam Martin and John Paul Kis­sock side­lined, Gary Roberts was un­able to fea­ture af­ter sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury against York, while debu­tant Chris Sang and goal­keeper Iain Turner were both sub­sti­tuted here be­fore the start of the sec­ond half.

A busy sched­ule clearly took its toll on the South­port play­ers dur­ing the lat­ter stages and, as Sal­ford looked for re­in­force­ments from the bench, the vis­i­tors were un­able to hold out.

Jen­nings had given South­port the lead on 18 min­utes in some style.

A left-wing cross from Andy White missed the head of Jack Samp­son be­fore reach­ing Sang at the far post. His ball into the box was only cleared as far as Jen­nings, who drilled a su­perb first-time strike into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

Keep­ing a good shape and of­fer­ing Sal­ford lit­tle room, the Sand­grounders dealt with ev­ery­thing asked of them in the first half with­out con­ced­ing many chances.

Richie Allen crashed a shot onto the South­port cross­bar but the vis­i­tors de­fended well.

Jack Samp­son missed a golden chance to ex­tend South­port’s lead at the start of the sec­ond half, meet­ing a Steven Schu­macher free-kick with his shoul­der, rather than his head, when in front of goal.

Mani Dieseru­vwe drew Sal­ford level in the 63rd minute with a low an­gled fin­ish af­ter re­ceiv­ing a cross­field pass, and the tide then be­gan to turn.

Kpo­ho­mouh was in­tro­duced to give the South­port de­fence more pro­tec­tion and he saw a header from Schu­macher’s cor­ner blocked on the goal-line by Michael Not­ting­ham.

But with Sal­ford press­ing for­ward and South­port tir­ing, sub­sti­tute goal­keeper Mark Hal­stead pro­duced an ac­ro­batic stop fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble be­fore Kpo­ho­mouh sliced Allen’s right-wing cross into his own goal as the Sand­grounders left Moor Lane on the end of a de­feat.

Steven Jen­nings’ smart fin­ish leaves the Sal­ford City keeper stranded

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