MATCH PREVIEW | Southport v Forest Green Rovers

MATCH PREVIEW | Southport v Forest Green Rovers

Southport begin life with the unenviable title of officially relegated by welcoming Forest Green Rovers to the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Easter Monday.

Rovers are certain of a spot in the play-offs, but nothing but a win will do to keep any faint hopes of automatic promotion alive.

With Lincoln facing a trip to Gateshead on Monday, the title race may well take a late twist.

Tranmere face Guiseley, for whom safety is no certainty, and therefore both Tranmere and Forest Green will be confident of gaining three points.

By the end of the long weekend there could be just four points separating the top three. As Southport play all three teams in contention for top spot, at least they will have the best view as events unfold.

Realistically those sides chasing the title will look at the chance to take on the Sandgrounders as three points there for the taking. If any of them slip up however, it may well prove costly.

To not take full advantage of facing a side with nothing but pride to play for is unforgivable at this stage of the season, and if any such mistake plays a part in missing out on the championship by one point then the victims will look no further than Southport as the team that cost them the league.

Kevin de Veiga Monteiro became the 49th player to pull on a Southport shirt this season when he stepped off the bench at Dover.

Still sat there were Tom Grimshaw and Ben Foulds, and it will be interesting to see if Andy Preece brings up Southport’s fifty and allows them to demonstrate their ability and present their cases to be part of the planning for next season in the National League North.

By Christy Byrne