MATCH REPORT | Port Defeated At York

MATCH REPORT | Port Defeated At York

If this turns out to be Southport’s last ever visit to Bootham Crescent, it is not one they will want to remember.

Over the years, the Port have been regular visitors to York City, who are due to move to new a new stadium next season, and Saturday’s trip to their current surroundings proved to be hugely disappointing.

Macauley Langstaff scored the deciding goal midway through the first half, meaning a frustrating run of form continues for Southport as the end of the campaign approaches.

In a game of few openings, the visitors struggled throughout to impose themselves, and as a result they never looked likely to find a way back after falling behind.

The one chance of note came in added time at the end of the first half, Jordan Archer breaking into the area after latching onto a through-ball, only for defender Sean Newton to slide in as the striker pulled the trigger with the angle opening up.

As manager Liam Watson reflected afterwards, this was a decidedly limp showing from Southport, whose play lacked any sort of urgency or rhythm.

With only four games remaining in the Vanarama National League North, the Port know the importance of finishing with some momentum as they look to lay the foundations for the next campaign.

This was the sort of game typically associated with the end of the season, the teams separated by two points in the middle of the table at the start of play and meaningful action was scarce throughout.

The only goal came on 32 minutes, Langstaff executing an angled finish into the top left-hand corner after finding space inside the Port area.

The visitors had actually started with intent, Dion Charles shooting over from the edge of the box, but it was York who enjoyed the better of the play.

Alex Kempster rattled a post before goalkeeper Dan Hanford produced an excellent save to deny Jake Wright from the rebound.

Paddy McLaughlin also went close before Langstaff struck and despite Archer’s chance at the end of the half there was to be no way back for Southport.

In an attempt to vary things, the visitors made three changes from the bench, including the introduction of Jack Sampson after a three-game lay-off, and although they saw more of the play, their possession lacked a threat.

Ryan Astles climbed highest to connect with a Morgan Homson-Smith corner but his header went wide, while Archer saw a shot blocked by defender Jasper Moon after a flick-on from Sampson.

Southport will hope they are able to find some sort of form during the final weeks of the season.


York City (4-4-2): Whitley, Griffiths, Moon, Newton, Ferguson, Kempster, McLaughlin, Burgess, Langstaff, Wright (York 71), Burrow.
Subs not used: Law, Bencherif, Harris, Parkin.

Southport (4-1-4-1): Hanford, Richards, Platt, Astles, Ogle, Edwards (Lacey 46), Charles (Homson-Smith 60), Morgan, Wood (Sampson 70), Green, Archer.
Subs not used: Tibbets, Davies.

Attendance: 2,174

Referee: Paul Brown

Report by Alan Jones

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