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Southport FC

Fri 19 Apr 2019 | National League North | Home

Stadium

Tamside Stadium

Attendance

380

Referee

John Matthews

Kick-Off

15:00

On a beautiful Good Friday afternoon with both Curzon and Southport, lying mid-table and on the same points (49pts) this was a game of pride and the chance to finish as high as they can before the final two games of the season and the re-building for next season. 

It was a bright start to the game with Curzon’s Ryan Brooke linking up with Oliver Crankshaw inside the Southport’s box to find an opening but ending up winning a corner and at the other end the pacey Devan Green broke down the right into the Curzon box and flashed his shot across the box and wide of the far post.

 

On 6 minutes Southport keeper Daniel Hanford was called into action as he had to get down low to stop an effort from fullback Oliver Thornley

On 11 minutes the exciting Crankshaw cutting in from the right nearly played in Brooke with a delightful through ball but it was cut out by Dean Winnard.

On 14 minutes Marcus Wood tried his 2nd long range effort from around 20 yards but like his 1st it went high over the Curzon’s crossbar.

With 20 minutes gone Southport were just getting on top of the game with the corner count being 5 to 1 in their favour.

On 23 minutes a poor touch by Curzon’s Jonathon Hunt allowed in Dion Charles but Charles lost his footing and the chance for an opening goal went by.

 

With the heat belting down on the Tameside Stadium the referee Mr. John Matthews stopped play for a few minutes to allow both set of players to take on some water.  2 minutes after the restart Green hit an effort form just outside the Curzon box but saw his effort go inches wide of the far post.

 

At the other end on 34 minutes John McAtee hit an effort from just inside the Southport half on the volley which had Hanford scrambling across to palm it away for a corner and the crowd on their feet.

 

With 5 minutes left to play in the half both sides were playing some good football without creating a chance until on 42 minutes Danny Shaw hesitated with his clearance which allowed Southport’s captain Jack Sampson to hit a powerful effort from the edge of the box which stung the hands of Mason Cameron in the Curzon goal.

In added time of the 1st half Curzon were awarded a free kick which Luke Wall delivered into the box, it was cleared by Southport but only to Louis Wardle who hit his effort high over the crossbar. At the other end Southport won a free kick but this effort missed everyone and out for a goal kick.

 

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It took a minute into the 2nd half for Southport to open the scoring, straight from the kick off Dion Charles was set free by Sampson to run at the Curzon defence and smash it home past Mason from just inside the Curzon box

 

Southport were now creating the best openings as Curzon were for all their efforts struggling to create a good chance to get back in the game, on 56 minutes Sampson inside the Curzon box pulled the ball back for Patrick Lacey but he could only hit his effort straight at Mason.

Sampson on 61 minutes was found in acres of space inside the Curzon box but his shot was deflected away for a corner as Southport continued to put the pressure on Curzon with Curzon struggling to get a hold of their game.

 

On 72 minutes Southport were inches away from grabbing a second as Green was picked out as he ran across the Curzon box, he managed to get his shot away on target but a slight deflection from Mason diverted it across the goal line and out for a corner.

3 minutes later from the following corner with Curzon unable to clear after Mason saved the first effort and the ball found Charles who turned and smashed it home from 6 yards as Southport took full control of the game.

 

It took only 3 minutes for Southport to grab a third when Marcus Wood from distance superbly beat Mason to make sure that all three points went back up the M57 with Southport.

On 88 minutes an short corner played by Jordan Richards to Bradley Bauress saw Richards receive the return ball and hit an effort goal-wards which forced Mason into a great save and to keep the score down.

What promised to be a even encounter between the two side saw Southport take control of the game in the second half and deservedly take all 3 points.

Match Report by David Jones

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