Morgan nets brace to help beat Ch­ester

Midweek Visiter - - Visiter Sport - SOUTH­PORT: Han­ford, Win­nard, Ed­wards, As­tles, Ogle, Morgan, Wood, Charles, Gilchrist (Green, 73), Bau­ress (Parry, 73), Archer (Samp­son, 78). Subs (not used): Hom­son-Smith, Mo­hammed. CH­ESTER FC: Shen­ton, Thom­son (Smal­ley, 73), Mo­ran, How­son, Grand, Mooney,

DAVID MORGAN scored twice as South­port claimed max­i­mum points on Box­ing Day against Ch­ester FC.

Morgan was on tar­get once in each half and Brad Buress net­ted just be­fore the in­ter­val as the Port con­tin­ued their climb up the Vanarama Na­tional League North ta­ble with a com­pre­hen­sive win.

There was an in­ten­sity about South­port’s play from the start and by the time Morgan put them in front six min­utes be­fore the break, they should have al­ready been com­fort­ably ahead, such was their dom­i­nance.

Bau­ress did well to en­gi­neer space for a cross be­fore de­liv­er­ing a pierc­ing ball into the cen­tre of the Ch­ester area. It fell kindly for Ja­son Gilchrist but he could only di­rect his div­ing header from a cen­tral po­si­tion over the cross­bar.

Ryan As­tles twice went close from cor­ners, as did Bau­ress, be­fore the Port’s pres­sure paid div­i­dends. Gilchrist turned clev­erly be­fore re­leas­ing Dion Charles, al­low­ing the on­com­ing Morgan seize pos­ses­sion be­fore sweep­ing a fine fin­ish into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

And by the in­ter­val, the home team were two goals to the good, Bau­ress ri­fling home a first-time ef­fort from in­side the area and South­port had the lead their pur­pose­ful play war­ranted.

The Port also set about the sec­ond half well but they had to with­stand a pe­riod of pres­sure as the vis­i­tors searched for a route back.

Ch­ester cre­ated one no­table chance, Craig Ma­hon break­ing free in­side the area be­fore how pow­er­ful drive drew a re­flex save from goal­keeper Dan Han­ford, who touched the ball over dur­ing a spell when the vis­i­tors had their tails up.

Dean Win­nard made an im­por­tant in­ter­cep­tion to di­vert Brad Jack­son’s drive away from goal but South­port re­mained in con­trol.

An­other drive from Morgan dipped over the cross­bar, be­fore sub­sti­tute Jack Samp­son went close and an an­gled shot from Charles whis­tled past an up­right.

Morgan did add the sheen in the fi­nal minute with an­other ex­cel­lent low shot, pro­vid­ing added fes­tive cheer for the home crowd.

Martin Rick­ett

South­port skip­per David Morgan net­ted a brace against Ch­ester FC on Box­ing Day.

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