MATCH REPORT | Southport 0 – 3 Kidderminster Harriers
Sep 10, 2017 1131 Views

MATCH REPORT | Southport 0 – 3 Kidderminster Harriers

A week is a long time in football, as Southport will testify.

Seven days after they moved into third place in the Vanarama National League North by putting Darlington to the sword, the Sandgrounders left the Merseyrail Community Stadium having found themselves on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline for the second match running.

After the 6-0 loss at Stockport County in midweek came another rude awakening for Alan Lewer’s team, as they were taken apart by Kidderminster Harriers in a match that again made for distressing viewing.

By the end, victory for the visitors was all too easy, as they took advantage of a Southport team lacking energy and the resolve on which their good start to the season had been built.

The opening month of a Non-League season is always demanding, and having played their tenth match in the space of five weeks and seen a relatively small squad hit by injury, Southport will be pleased that there is only one more midweek match to play before the fixture schedule eases.

The bad news is that it comes against Harrogate Town, the early pace-setters.

Disappointing as their overall performance was, Southport will reflect on two moments which should have changed the outcome.

Having started the game with plenty of possession, Yves Zama missed a golden chance to have put the home team in front on eight minutes, being played clean through on goal after Steven Schumacher had exchanged passes with Steven Jennings, only for Zama to direct his shot at Brandon Hall with the Kidderminster goalkeeper to beat.

Southport fell behind midway through the first half, but shortly after the re-start Chris Sang was culpable of a similar miss after receiving a pass from Zama when unmarked in the Kidderminster area.

Within a minute, the visitors had added a second goal, and there was to be no way back for a jaded Southport who struggled for ideas and intensity.

Concentration was also a missing element from Southport’s performance.

Kidderminster took the lead in the 27th minute. As the ball rebounded around the Southport area from a Joshua Webb corner, Emanuel Sonupe’s shot was blocked and Dominic Smith sliced a clearance against his own crossbar, leaving Will Longbottom to prod home the loose ball at the far post.

The goal changed the course of the game and, with Kidderminster seeing more of the play, it was from another Webb corner that Longbottom almost scored again but he was denied by the legs of goalkeeper Mark Halstead.

Kidderminster added to their lead seven minutes after half-time. Curtis Jones tried to play his way out of trouble on his own by-line but was caught in possession by Longbottom, who squared for Andre Brown to stab home.

The ease with which Southport were exposed from open play for the second match running will be a real concern for Lewer.

For the first time this season, the manager had started with a different shape, swapping his preferred three-man defence for a 4-2-3-1, but it did little to remedy the problems that surfaced on Tuesday at Stockport.

Brown finished the afternoon by adding his second and Kidderminster’s third in style, finding the top right-hand corner with a 25-yard thunderbolt as Southport wilted.

 

Southport (4-2-3-1): Halstead, Smith, Dugdale, C Jones, White, Jennings, Schumacher, Jackson, Roberts (E Jones 77), Sang (Cockerline 54), Zama (Croft 54).
Subs not used: Fletcher, Kpohomouh.

Kidderminster Harriers (4-1-3-2): Hall, Webb, Williams, Horsfall, Taylor (Digie 90), Weeks, Austin, Longbottom (Finch 87), Ngwatala, Sonupe (Wright 72), Brown.
Sub not used: Bannister.

Attendance: 901

Referee: Sam Barrott

Report by Alan Jones

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