MATCH REPORT | Southport 0-0 FC United of Manchester
Feb 24, 2019 687 Views

MATCH REPORT | Southport 0-0 FC United of Manchester

A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for Southport, as they shared the spoils with FC United of Manchester.

Port thought they were in front when Mathew Platt’s effort was ruled out for a handball from the right-back, with centre-half Ryan Astles seeing his header rattle the crossbar earlier in the half.

Both teams were knocking on the door in the opening 45. Southport forced the Reds shot-stopper, Andrew Fisher, into a number of saves with Astles and Jason Gilchrist springing the 21-year-old into action.

The best chance of the first half fell to the visitors on the stroke of half time. Thomas Peers connected with Steve O’Halloran’s searching delivery, but the FC United attacker blazed his header over from close range.

Liam Watson’s side came out fighting in the second half with Neil Reynolds side hanging on, in stages.

Former-Reds striker Jason Gilchrist and Jack Sampson came within inches of the opener in the midst of the goal-mouth scramble, but neither forward could poke home in front of the awaiting Jack Carr Stand.

Port came within inches of the lead when Sponsors man-of-the-match, Dion Charles’, delivery was met by Astles, the towering central defender rose highest meeting the cross only to be denied by the woodwork.

The ex-Chester defender was involved in the action when he and Charles combined once again, this time Astles failed to direct his header on target seeing his head whistle past the post.

However, neither side could find the breakthrough and the game ended, Southport 0-0 FC United of Manchester.

 

Southport: Hanford, Platt, Edwards, Astles, Ogle, Morgan, Wood (Lacey 76), Green (Homson-Smith74), Gilchrist (Archer 74 5), Charles, Sampson.
Subs not used: Tibbetts, Parry.

FC United of Manchester: Fisher, Lynch, Harris, Sass-Davies, Morton, Whitham, Wallan, O’Halloran, Donohue (Banister 72), Willoughby, Peers.
Subs not used: Allison, Sharp, Mohammed, Winter.

Attendance: 1,665

Referee: Matt Corlett

Report by Stephen Killen

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