Southport’s first chance to atone for Saturday’s loss to Braintree Town comes on Tuesday evening, as Solihull Moors make the trip north.
The defeat on Saturday sent the Sandgrounders back into the Vanarama National League relegation zone, and Steve Burr will be eager for his side to rectify the situation at the first time of asking.
Three points would take Southport to within two points of their opponents, serving the dual purpose of bolstering the Sandgrounders’ survival hopes, whilst also dragging the Moors into the basement battle.
One of the positives from Saturday is the continued hot streak of ‘Port forward Jamie Allen. His penalty on Saturday means that his recent form reads six goals in six National League matches, a run that if continued will stand Southport in good stead to preserve their position in Non-League’s top division.
At the other end of the pitch, however, Saturday was not quite so rosy. Following the draw at Chester last week Burr indicated he was on the lookout for a new centre half, but in the meantime the latest pairing of Josh Thompson and Jack Higgins must put in a more commanding performance in order to make up for the disappointment of Callum Howe’s departure.
The hope must be that the early leakages in the new look defence are just teething problems, and the rear-guard will be more secure in the near future.
Victory on Tuesday could lift Southport as high as 17th in the table, demonstrating that while being in the relegation zone is far from ideal, the Yellows are nowhere near being cut adrift as was the danger earlier in the season.
A victory on Tuesday night and Saturday’s emotional rollercoaster will be forgiven, albeit certainly not forgotten.
By Christy Byrne