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Southport return to Emirates FA Cup action this weekend as they take on Altrincham with a place in the First Round at stake.

Last week’s 1-0 victory over Brackley Town will give Liam Watson’s side momentum heading into this game, as they look to build a strong cup run.

To reach this stage of the competition, the Port have already overcome Scarborough Athletic 5-2 and Farsley Celtic 5-0, in two solid performances.

Meanwhile this weekend’s opponents, Altrincham, needed a replay in their second qualifying round tie against Chester, before beating Halesowen Town 2-0.

In the league, Phil Parkinson’s side have experienced a slow start and currently sit in 18th place winning three games.

Their most conclusive victory came in a huge 5-0 win over Leamington at the start of September, Josh Hancock getting two.

Meanwhile the Robins have also been on the receiving end of a heavy defeat too, suffering a 5-0 loss at the hands of Boston.

The dangerman the Port will have to keep their eye on is Jordan Hulme, who is currently the clubs top scorer with five goals.

One of those strikes came against Watson’s side when the pair met last month, but it was not enough for Alty to come away with anything.

The 2-1 victory will be best remembered for a superb strike from Kieran Glynn to get Southport’s second goal.

However, on the two meetings last season, it was Parkinson’s side whjo were victorious on both occasions with a 3-1 win at the Pure Stadium and 1-0 victory at Moss Lane.

Southport know how important an FA Cup run can be after the exploits last season and will be looking to make it into the competition proper again.

Written by Amos Wynn

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