MATCH REPORT | Southport 4 – 0 Boston United

MATCH REPORT | Southport 4 – 0 Boston United

After so many changes for Southport this summer, fans will have arrived for the opening match of the season with little idea of what to expect, but of all the things that could have transpired, no one would have anticipated this.

Playing in a different league under new management who have spent the past two months assembling a whole squad from scratch, this was very much a step into the unknown for the Sandgrounders, but as the goals flowed and supporters watched on, there was plenty of cause for encouragement.

This may only have been the start of the new campaign and there will be tougher challenges ahead, but as first impressions go, Southport could not have asked for a better way to begin, as they blitzed Boston United to get their season up and running in some style.

First matches can sometimes be misleading, but an opening day defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge last season set the tone for what was to follow, and fans will hope this is an indication that the current campaign can continue in a positive light.

After goals from Steven Schumacher and Liam Martin had set them on their way, Southport played the second half with a sense of expression, something that was summed up by a fantastic fourth goal from Gary Roberts.

With the home team coasting, Roberts found the target by curling a superb first-time drive past the dive of goalkeeper George Willis and inside the left-hand post from 25 yards.

Southport had been in control from the start, winning the physical battle during a scrappy opening, before Schumacher’s first goal on 14 minutes allowed them to settle the match down and play with increased fluency.

Schumacher was a key player until his withdrawal at half-time with an ankle ligament injury, while the impressive Brad Jackson, at right-wing back, was a regular attacking outlet, and Curtis Jones, the scorer of Southport’s third, turned in an unflappable performance in the centre of a three-man defence.

At 3-0 down, Boston were reduced to ten men, Gregg Smith seeing red after an aerial challenge with Jones.

After relegation last campaign, everything has changed for the Sandgrounders as they start out in the Vanarama National League North and it was their new captain, Schumacher, who opened the scoring, sending a free-kick into the top right of the goal.

By the time Schumacher was withdrawn, Southport’s lead had been increased by Martin, who capitalised on a mix-up between Willis, the Boston goalkeeper, and his defence after a long ball forward from Southport goalkeeper Iain Turner.

Martin brought energy to Southport’s forward line during the first half with his movement and willing running and Jack Sampson, his strike partner, came into the game as it went on.

There was an air of dominance about Southport’s second-half performance, Jones adding a third on 55 minutes with a stooping header from a Roberts free-kick.

And after chances for Martin and Sampson, Roberts put the icing on the cake to complete the scoring with an excellent strike.

For Southport, this was an ideal start, and supporters will be looking for more of the same as the season goes on.


Southport (3-5-2): Turner, Dugdale, C Jones, Smith, Jackson, Roberts, Schumacher (Fletcher 56), Kissock (Jennings 80), White, Sampson (Zama 78), Martin.
Subs not used: E Jones, Roache.

Boston United (4-2-3-1): Willis, Hare (Broadhead 60), Cowgill, Keane, Blatson, Chapman, McGuire, Clifton, Vince (Smith 60), Hemmings, Hawley (Tshimanga 60).
Subs not used: Warren, Waite.

Attendance: 886

Referee: Simon Mather

Report by Alan Jones

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