PREVIEW | Fourth Round Focus

After an extended break Southport are back in action for their first game of 2021.

Liam Watson’s side travel to Yorkshire in the FA Trophy, as they take on Halifax.

To get to this stage of the competition, the Port have overcome both Marine and Spennymoor, with their last tie taking place exactly a month ago.

Opposition

Tonight’s opponents Halifax, needed penalties to progress to tonight’s fourth round clash, after drawing 3-3 with Hartlepool.

Meanwhile in the Vanarama National League, The Shaymen currently sit in the playoff spots, but having played more games than those around them.

So far there only game in 2021 came against Kings Lynn Town, where they came from behind to draw 1-1.

Man in charge:

Former Oldham boss Pete Wild is currently at the helm at The Shay.

During his time at Boundary Park he had two stints as caretaker before taking over permanently after Paul Scholes short stint in charge.

Key men

Leading the way in goals for Halifax so far this season is Jake Hyde.

The former York man has scored four times in the league and could cause a threat to the Port backline.

Meanwhile, the club have also added Lewis Mansell to their squad on loan from Accrington, with the striker starting well, grabbing a goal on his debut.

Final thoughts:

Despite being in a poor run of form before the new year, Watson’s side would have benefited from a rest and can certainly use tonight as a platform to kick on.

 

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