PREVIEW | Bread & Butter

After victory over Ashton United to secure a coveted place in the Emirates FA Cup first round, the Port know how important it is to use the motivation from the game to secure a much-needed league win.

The 2-1 victory against league rivals shows Liam Watson’s side are capable of getting the results and with two home games in four days, it provides a perfect opportunity to secure valuable points.

On Saturday the lads in Old Gold come up against a team who knows too well how positive a run in the cup can be for a club, as the Merseyrail Community Stadium welcomes Blyth Spartans.

The Green Army are also suffering a tough league campaign so far, sitting only three points off Southport in 19th.

The Spartans won’t be having a successful Emirates FA Cup run this season though, as they lost against York at the weekend to see them crash out.

Victories have been difficult to gather for Alun Armstrong’s side, with only three so far.

One victory does stand out, a massive 8-1 win over Chester only three weeks into the season, acting as a rare high for the side.

Scoring twice in that game was the clubs top scorer from last season, Dan Maguire.

With a further two since then the striker will be hoping to replicate the 16 from last term.

A 2-1 win over Altrincham and 1-0 win over Telford are the Spartans only other victories.

Whilst they have been able to produce a huge win, they have also been on the end of a big defeat, as they suffered a 4-0 battering at Boston United last time out in the league.

Their form will have to see an upturn if they are going to replicate last season’s tenth place finish.

Manager Armstrong has done a good job so far at the club, leading the Northumberland outfit to the league title in his first season after being appointed in 2016.

This is his first big rocky patch, with Liam Watson being able to sympathise with him.

Saturday can be seen as another six pointer. If Southport lose, the gap between relegation and safety could be up to six points.

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Tickets for the fixture can be bought online until 8pm on Friday 26 October. Click here to access the portal.

Whilst a Match Sponsorship package is available for the game. Details here.

The Club Shop on Haig Avenue will be open on Friday 26 October between 1 and 5pm for those who want to purchase tickets and programmes in person.

Written by Amos Wynn

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