Southport make the long trip to Torquay this weekend for their final match before their televised Emirates FA Cup first round tie at home to old enemy Fleetwood Town next Monday
It is crucial that the Sandgrounders at least avoid defeat in order to preserve the momentum that has been built up in recent weeks, and to continue ascending the league table.
‘Port can move out of the relegation places by bettering the result of two of the three sides directly above them in the table, and a win would give the home side reason to be looking anxiously over their shoulders.
The Devon side are without a win in five games, their last victory coming courtesy of a surprise 1-0 win at home to high fliers Dagenham & Redbridge. Since then they have exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle and taken just one point from three league games.
The Gulls’ joint top scorer Nathan Blissett is well connected with the Sandgrounders. Four years ago he enjoyed a promotion push at Kidderminster Harriers under now ‘Port boss Steve Burr, and is also the nephew of 1994 loanee Luther Blissett, proud owner of fourteen England caps and more importantly two Southport goals.
The dominant performance against York City in midweek is further proof of how far this side is improving under the guidance of Burr, and it appears that the squad is becoming more settled.
Rather than the chopping and changing of early season, the starting eleven and bench against the Minstermen on Tuesday were exactly the same as three days earlier against Sutton United.
Continuity such as this is not only rare but also an indication that Burr likes what he sees, and with points now coming on a more regular basis who would disagree?
By Christy Byrne