Port enjoy more home comforts
HAVING been made to wait for a league win at home, it is a mark of the progress Southport continue to make that they should register two in the space of four days.
Last Saturday’s victory against Alfreton Town extended the Port’s unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League North to eight games including six victories and the gathering sense of momentum keeps on growing.
Jason Gilchrist and Jack Sampson struck during a dominant first half and although there were moments when Southport had to dig deep once Reece Styche’s penalty had reduced their lead, this will go down as another conclusive all-round showing.
The contest was only 80 seconds old when Gilchrist opened the scoring and that gave the Port the platform to produce a firsthalf performance of confident, cohesive football. The lead should have been greater at halftime such was the extent of Southport’s control and the number of chances created but in the end their two goals were enough.
During their current unbeaten sequence, Liam Watson’s team have found the net 20 times, registering some impressive wins to continue their climb up the table.
Southport could not have asked for a quicker start, Gilchrist steering the ball home from close range after Ryan Astles had touched on a free-kick from teammate Dion Charles.
Having come straight out of the blocks, the Port controlled the opening period and they created chances at will.
David Morgan and Jordan Richards both went close before Marcus Wood shaved the crossbar with a shot from distance.
Man-of-the-match Sampson added the home team’s second goal shortly before half-time.
The assist came from goalkeeper Dan Hanford, whose kick up field was read by Sampson before it bounced and the striker hooked the ball in.
Styche pulled a goal back for the visitors nine minutes after the interval, drilling home a penalty after Richard Peniket was tripped by Astles.
Dean Winnard shot over from inside the area, a dipping volley from Morgan went just wide, and having set up Southport’s second goal, goalkeeper Hanford went on to make two more decisive contributions. He back-pedalled to turn over Josh Wilde’s lofted free-kick before displaying his agility again in stoppage-time to keep out a header from Peniket.
A busy festive period continues this week starting with a trip to Chester FC today (kick-off 3pm) and on this form the Sandgrounders will relish their next challenges.
Southport’s Jack Sampson (right) in action against Tranmere’s Connor Jennings during the teams’ FA Cup clash last month was the Sandgrounders’ man-of-the-match in last Saturday’s victory over Alfreton Town.