Southport came within two minutes of pulling off a shock win at high flying Spennymoor but had to settle for a point after a late penalty saw the spoils shared.

In a game that saw the Port create 17 goal attempts to seven from the hosts, it was perhaps a bit disappointing to only come away with a point but before the game everyone would have settled for the draw, so it is testament to the progress Liam Watson and the team have made that we can go to Spennymoor and perform so brightly.

Dion Charles was in action as early as the second minute firing low but Gould in the Moors goal saved comfortably.

Southport continued to carve out the best chances restricting Spennymoor to just two clear attempts at goal.

We expected a charge from the hosts in the second period as they kicked up the significant slope at The Brewery Field which they prefer to do but it Southport who once again in control. Chances fell to Jack Sampson, Brad Bauress and David Morgan before the game sprang to life in the final ten minutes.

Sampson with a clever turn and controlled finish fired Southport into a lead their second half play deserved with just eight minutes to go and three points looked to be heading back to Lancashire.

Sadly with just two minutes remaining the referee awarded Spennymoor a penalty which the league’s leading scorer Glenn Taylor dispatched confidently low to Dan Hanford’s left and it was 1-1.

The dramatic ending wasn’t over as Sampson cheekily lobbed Gould only to see the ball drop inches wide of the post and seconds later Spennymoor had a confident claim for another penalty for handball waved away. There was still time for more added time action as Hanford could only palm away a rasping cross shot into the path of Moor’s sub Hall but thankfully he blasted the ball over the bar.

A hectic finish to a good game and a fine Southport performance enjoyed by the hardy band of travelling supporters who made the long midweek trip to the North East.

Watson was satisfied with the point after the game and like a lot of people he felt the penalty not given to Spennmoor was more of a penalty than the one given and the draw was probably a fair result over the 90 minutes.

Southport’s wait for our 7000th goal in all league games moves on to the home clash with Boston United this Saturday.


Spennymoor Town: Gould, Williams, Brogan, Chandler (Boyes 86), Harrison, Curtis, Anderson, Henry (Tuton 66), Taylor, Ramshaw, Johnson (Hall 58).
Subs not used: Thackray, Elliott.

Southport: Hanford, Platt, Ogle, Edwards, Astles, Parry (Lacey 79), Charles, Morgan, Archer (Green 75), Sampson, Bauress (Homson-Smith 90).
Subs not used: Tibbetts, Richards.

Attendance: 660

Referee: Michael Barlow

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