MATCH PREVIEW | Tranmere Rovers v Southport

MATCH PREVIEW | Tranmere Rovers v Southport

Southport’s last away trip before the drop down to regional football is, ironically, a local derby with Tranmere Rovers.

To the credit of Andy Preece’s side they showed no loss of motivation or pride on Easter Monday, as they swept aside promotion chasing Forest Green Rovers with rather surprising ease.

On Saturday, they aim to put another promotion party on hold at Prenton Park.

Micky Mellon’s Rovers absolutely must win if they are to keep an outside chance of automatic promotion, but even that will not be enough if Lincoln City beat Macclesfield Town in the day’s early kick-off.

In reality the play-offs are the Wirral side’s most likely destination, and they need just two more points to ensure that they will face the side who finish fifth in the Vanarama National League.

Louis Almond, regardless of fitness, will be unavailable against his parent club, whilst fellow loanee Jim Stevenson has been recalled by Dover Athletic.

This serves to demonstrate the problems faced by relying on the loan market as much as the Sandgrounders have in recent years.

One of the many tasks faced next season must be to actually contract players of quality, and build a squad that the fans can recognise and build an affinity with.

By Christy Byrne