Southport entertain fellow strugglers North Ferriby United at the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Saturday, and will be aiming to put last week’s nightmare to bed.
The combination of the loss against lower league opposition and, more significantly, a sickening injury to influential defender Josh Thompson left ‘Port fans deflated and hoping to quickly forget about what can best be described as a quintessential bad day at the office.
Three points in this weekend’s relegation six-pointer will go some way to lifting the mood around the club that was, by contrast, so positive after the win at Barrow that left Southport four points outside the relegation zone and level on points with 17th placed Torquay.
The Sandgrounders’ league position is arguably as promising as it has been all season, and a victory on Saturday will either see Steve Burr’s side move past Torquay or further away from the bottom four as Maidstone welcome the Gulls in the weekend’s other basement battle.
Whilst disappointing to exit the Buildbase FA Trophy, the real dismay of last weekend centred around the loss of Thompson. Since his arrival in the summer of 2015, a run of impressive form for Southport has generally gone hand in hand with good performances from the centre back. His importance to the side was further demonstrated when Burr handed him the captain’s armband, and we can only wish him all the best with his recovery.
In the meantime, loanee Robbie Cundy will have to back up his impressive display at Barrow and provide defensive solidarity on his first outing at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Delial Brewster will also hope to be fit after missing the Wealdstone debacle with a groin injury. If he can provide further goals in front of his home crowd to go with his heroics against Wrexham then the Sandgrounders will have a good chance of claiming three points against a North Ferriby side who have only managed one goal in their last four games, and are by a distance the lowest scoring side in the division.
By Christy Byrne