MATCH REPORT | Sutton United 2 – 2 Southport
Southport staged a dramatic, spirited second-half two-goal comeback at Gander Green Lane.
But Roarie Deacon rescued a point for Sutton United, scoring the home side’s second goal deep into the four minutes of stoppage time to leave the Sandgrounders frustrated.
In a high tempo opening exchange on the highly impressive 3G pitch both goalkeepers were exceptional.
Southport keeper Chris Cheetham made a tremendous second-minute save to push away Kieron Cadogan’s central, 20 yard free kick. Meanwhile, Will Puddy was fully extended by Declan Weeks.
Cheetham was outstanding again on just his second Port performance.
Just as the Sandgrounders looked to have settled and stifled a lively Sutton they struck.
A Cadogan coolly-taken, predatory goal put Sutton ahead after the Port’s defence fatally hesitated. Cadogan exploited Southport’s lack of awareness, back-heeling an initial shot from Roarie Deacon after a cross from Bedsente Gomis had been met by the head of Jamie Collins.
Two Southport goals midway through the second half appeared to have set up a Sandgrounders victory.
Andrai Jones went to contest a Ryan Higgins 68th-minute deep right-wing centre that the home defence failed to cut out, with Dan Spence getting the final touch to turn the ball into his own goal.
Then on 75 minutes skipper Neil Ashton produced an audacious, dinked free-kick from 22 yards that totally bamboozled the home wall and wrong footed goalkeeper Puddy.
But this season has been cruel on Southport and again the match ended in disappointment.
Deep into the four minutes of stoppage time, with Sutton’s last sortie, poacher Deacon found space in the box and delivered an explosive finish to share the points somewhat harshly on the 90-minute Port performance.
Southport: Cheetham, R Higgins, White, Cundy, Ashton, McKeown, Nolan, Stevenson, Weeks, Allen (Brodie 84), Jones.
Subs not used: Foulds, Hynes, Coly, Myres.
Referee: Andrian Quelch