Southport exited the Liverpool Senior Cup at the first hurdle after a disappointing 5-1 defeat against Widnes on Monday evening.
Southport were under the cosh from the second minute and only a fine save by Matty Lavelle stopped the home side from taking the lead. Curtis Jones was then on hand to make a goal line clearance in the seventh minute to keep the scores level.
It took until the 33rd minute for The Sandgrounders to have a shot on target with a Nathan Lowe effort being comfortably saved.
Widnes took the lead in the 4oth minute with Kev Towey coolly finishing from close range and it got worse for Southport two minutes later when Towey was on hand to convert a penalty to make it 2-0.
Southport did pull a goal back in added time with Josh Hine getting on the scoresheet and taking the honour of scoring our 1000th Non League Cup goal in all competitions. The referee is not celebrating the goal but he had played a good advantage.
Goals in the 56th and 58th minute put the home side in command at 4-1 and Sam Sheen capped a very impressive display with a fine individual effort on 79 minutes to make the final score Widnes 5 Southport 1.
With eight players starting who had first team experience it was a disappointing performance and the winless run in all competitions is extended to 17 games. Lewis Doyle who made the bench for the FA Trophy replay against Stockport last week was the pick of the Southport players and looks a good young prospect.
Southport Line Up: Lavelle, Roberts, White, Doyle, Tabone, C Jones, Kissock, Lowe, Hine, Croft and Anderson
Subs 23 Fagan replaces White and 60 De Andrade replaces Croft
Unused subs:E Jones, Jewell and Foster.
Report By Rob Urwin
Many thanks to John Rooney, Widnes FC for the photo of our goal.