MATCH REPORT | Southport 2-1 Alfreton Town

MATCH REPORT | Southport 2-1 Alfreton Town

Having been made to wait for a league win at home, it is a mark of the progress Southport continue to make that they should register two in the space of four days.

This victory against Alfreton Town extended the Port’s unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League North to eight games including six victories and the gathering sense of momentum keeps on growing.

Jason Gilchrist and Jack Sampson struck during a dominant first half and although there were moments when Southport had to dig deep once Reece Styche’s penalty had reduced their lead, this will go down as another conclusive all-round showing.

The contest was only 80 seconds old when Gilchrist opened the scoring and that gave the Port the platform to produce a first-half performance of confident, cohesive football.

The lead should have been greater at half-time such was the extent of Southport’s control and the number of chances created but in the end their two goals were enough.

During their current unbeaten sequence, Liam Watson’s team have found the target 20 times, registering some impressive wins to continue their climb up the table.

Southport could not have asked for a quicker start, Gilchrist steering the ball home from close range after Ryan Astles had touched on a free-kick from Dion Charles.

Having come straight out of the blocks, the Port controlled the opening period and they created chances at will.

David Morgan and Jordan Richards both went close before Marcus Wood shaved the crossbar with a shot from distance.

Sampson added the home team’s second shortly before half-time. The assist came from goalkeeper Dan Hanford, whose kick up field was read by Sampson before it bounced and the striker hooked the ball in.

Styche pulled a goal back for the visitors nine minutes after the interval, drilling home a penalty after Richard Peniket was tripped by Ryan Astles.

Dean Winnard shot over from inside the area, a dipping volley from Morgan went just wide, and having set up Southport’s second goal, goalkeeper Hanford went on to make two more decisive contributions.

He back-peddled to turn over Josh Wilde’s lofted free-kick before displaying his agility again in stoppage time to keep out a header from Peniket.

A busy festive period continues next week and on this form the Port will relish their next challenges.


Southport (4-2-3-1): Hanford, Richards, Edwards, Astles, Winnard, Morgan, Wood, Charles, Gilchrist (Parry 73), Bauress (Green 73), Sampson.
Subs not used: Homson-Smith, Archer, Mohammed.

Alfreton Town (4-1-4-1): Ramsbottom, Clifton, Shiels, Curry, Wilde, Collins (Sinnott 73), Bateson (Chettle 65), Platt, Allan, Styche, Peniket.
Subs not used: Hotte, Nicholson, Hobson.

Attendance: 1,021

Referee: Adam Williamson

Report by Alan Jones

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