MATCH REPORT | Southport 0-0 Brackley Town

It was a stalemate at the Merseyrail Community Stadium as Brackley Town came close to stealing all three points late on, when Lee Ndlovu hit the bar after his audacious chip over Southport goalkeeper Dan Hanford.

The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession and greater quantity of chances in the game with Jordan Archer coming close in the first half before Dion Charles blazed over in the second half.

Southport started the brighter of the two teams, Archer came agonisingly close to poking home Jordan Richards’ teasing free-kick but Danny Lewis was on hand to scoop up the danger.

Jordan Richards brings fr ball forward. Photo by Julia Urwin

After half an hour, Archer and Richards combined again. The full-back’s deep delivery was met by the unmarked striker but he blazed his header over the bar from eight yards out.

The Yellows right-back offered a creative outlet in the first half, he found on-loan defender Matthew Platt, despite rising the highest, he failed to steer his effort goalwards.

At the other end, Southport breathed a sigh of relief after the linesman ruled out Carl Baker’s goal for offside, on his return to Haig Avenue, after he stabbed home Shane Byrne’s delivery at the back post.

Promotion chasing Brackley entered the field for the second half looking to silence the home crowd. They came close in the opening minutes of the half, firstly through Connor Hall who didn’t quite realise how much space he had until he fired at Hanford, fortunately for the Sandgrounders it was straight at the Yellows shot-stopper.

Byrne tried his luck with a promising volley but Hanford was equal to the danger.

With top-scorer Jack Sampson still sidelined through injury, Dion Charles was given the chance to lead the line, he created the best chance of the game for the home side, beating two men before he drilled his effort only to be denied by a strong right-hand by Lewis.

But the best chance of the game fell to the Saints in the final minutes, Ndlovu spearheading the counter-attack, caught Hanford in no man’s land. The forward chipped Hanford only to be denied by the bar after the dry Haig Avenue pitch took the ball onto the woodwork.

Southport: Hanford; Richards, Ogle, Platt, Astles; Parry, Morgan ©, Wood; Charles, Archer, Green.

Subs not used: Davies, Homson-Smith, Winnard, Lacey, Tibbetts.

Bookings: 50′ Archer, 53′ Charles, 59′ Platt.

Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Murombedezi (60’ G.Walker), Byrne, Hall; Dean (c), Lowe (80’ Nti), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (70’ Fairlamb), Adam Walker.

Subs not used: Prosses, Jackson.

Bookings: 67′ Walker, 85′ Ndlovu.

Report by Stephen Killen

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