MATCH REPORT | Brackley Town 2-0 Southport

MATCH REPORT | Brackley Town 2-0 Southport

Two goals in the space of eight first-half minutes saw Southport slip to defeat against Brackley Town at St James Park.

Having shown signs of progress during a run of one defeat from their previous seven games, this was a disappointing setback for the Sandgrounders as the home team secured the points in convincing fashion.

Defensive lapses cost Southport both goals and, after creating plenty of chances during their recent games, the 90 minutes passed without the Sandgrounders being able to make a mark as an attacking force.

Brackley are one of the stronger teams in the Vanarama National League North, contesting the final of last season’s play-offs and lifting the FA Trophy, and manager Liam Watson reflected afterwards that these games highlight where the Sandgrounders need to improve.

It could have been different for Southport had David Morgan’s second-minute shot landed a few inches lower instead scraping the crossbar. Dion Charles was on hand to turn home the rebound, only to be judged off-side, and that was as good as things would get for the visitors.

Take an early lead and the visitors would no doubt have fancied their chances of extending their improved run, but instead Brackley were allowed to take a hold of the game.

Clear chances were always at a premium, but by the time Ellis Myles scored the opening goal on 24 minutes, the home team were in the ascendancy.

A cross from Matt Lowe had earlier drifted onto the Southport crossbar, before Lee Ndlouv hooked a shot wide from Luke Fairlamb’s low centre, and Myles put Brackley in front, bringing the ball in from the right and curling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Defender Gareth Dean headed wide from a Shane Byrne free-kick as Brackley looked to reinforce their level of control, and James Armson extended the lead shortly after with a sweeping shot from Ndlouv’s low ball into the box.

The Sandgrounders changed shape in the second half, introducing debutant Bouwe Bosma and Mike Phenix shortly after the re-start, and while it brought about an improvement in the performance, the visitors never seemed likely to find a way back.

Jordan Richards sent a fine cross into the area after good approach work only for Myles to intervene, while David Lynch released Phenix, who cut inside before his shot was blocked.

Southport goalkeeper Dan Hanford saved well after Matt Lowe had worked his way into the area, and the Sandgrounders will look to bounce back quickly for the visit to Curzon Ashton in the Emirates FA Cup next week.


Brackley Town (4-2-3-1): Lewis, Myles, Dean, Hall, Franklin, Byrne, Walker, Lowe (Nti 88), Armson (Murombezdi 84), Fairlamb, Ndlouv (Jeffers 78).
Subs not used: Noon, Staff.
Goals: Myles 24, Armson 32.

Southport (4-4-2): Hanford, Richards, Winnard, Astles, Ogle, Green, Morgan, Lynch, Bauress (Bosma 61), Charles (Gilchrist 87), Sampson (Phenix 66).
Subs not used: Mueller, Langley.

Attendance: 590

Referee: Dean Watson

Report by Alan Jones

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