FEATURE | High’s & Low’s of Southport & Telford’s Seasons

FEATURE | High’s & Low’s of Southport & Telford’s Seasons

It’s been 175 days since AFC Telford United saw off Southport in the National League North curtain-raiser thanks to Amari-Morgan Smith’s goal.

250,000 minutes have passed and Port now welcome Gavin Cowan’s men to the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Our 12-match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend to the hands of Altrincham. The lads have since dusted themselves down and got back to winning ways thanks to Tuesday’s 2-0 win over local rivals Marine AFC in the Liverpool CFA Senior Cup.

A lot can happen during the course of the season, both the Bucks and Southport have experienced highs and lows in the months since the win on that sunny Saturday afternoon at the New Bucks Head.


High – Kidderminster (A)

Wins were few and far between with Port had just one win on the board in 14 NLN games. After a well-fought draw against Curzon Ashton, Liam Watson’s side faced an uphill task against high-flying Kidderminster Harriers.

Southport arrived at the Aggborough Stadium with the odds stacked against them, it seemed like that fuelled the performance and the result that was played out that day.

A Jack Sampson brace with Dion Charles and Jason Gilchrist chipping in with goals of their own, Port ran out 4-1 winners against the title-challengers.

The three points was a catalyst in the run that spanned till just last weekend, changing Southport from relegation battling to play-off contenders.

Low – Winless Run

After a promising pre-season, the dusk seemingly settled and a grey cloud was cast over Haig Avenue.

Following the 1-0 defeat at Telford, Port went on to lose their next three games against Altrincham, Stockport County and Chorley.

The murky mist has now long gone from the Merseyrail Community Stadium and the Yellows are back.

AFC Telford United

High – Unbeaten Start

Telford’s win over former manager Liam Watson set the club in good stead for the next run of fixtures.

Following the opening day, they went out an eight-match unbeaten run. Overcoming Brackley Town, Spennymoor, Chester and Ashton United in that period.

Daniel Udoh was the man firing the Bucks on with two crucial brace’s against Spennymoor and Chester.

Low – Dominant Darlington

The run had to come to an end eventually, it came crashing down when they travelled to Darlington.

A September afternoon hosted by the Quakers was a sobering day for Cowan’s side.

Three different scorers brought the visitors back to reality after a glistening beginning to the season.

Written by Stephen Killen (@SteKillenBL)

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