PREVIEW | Bucks Battle

PREVIEW | Bucks Battle

Southport travel to Telford this weekend as they look to continue their strong start to the season.

After Tuesday’s away victory against Kettering, Liam Watson’s side will be after another three points on the road. 

With three wins in their opening five Vanarama National League North games, and only one goal conceded, The Port have every reason to be confident. 


This weekend’s opponents, Telford, have endured a mixed start to the season. 

After getting the campaign underway with seven points in their opening three league games, they have failed to win their last two. 

A 3-2 defeat against Boston, followed by a 0-1 loss to Alfreton, leaves the Bucks eager to get back on track. 

The aim for Telford will be to improve upon last year’s 14th place finish, where they were one point behind the Port but with two more games played. 

The man in charge: 

Gavin Cowan has been at the helm at New Bucks Head since 2018, where he took on the role after ending his playing career in Shropshire.

The 39-year-olds playing career saw him turn out for clubs including Shrewsbury, Kidderminster and Fleetwood. 

His spell with Telford came in 2008, where he spent two years with the club playing at centre, before returning in 2016. 

Key men: 

The Bucks attacking partnership of Jason Oswell and Aaron Williams have proved to be deadly so far this season, with three goals each.

Former Stockport striker, Oswell, is certainly equipped to score goals at this level, having bagged 24 for The Hatters in the 2017/18 season. 

Meanwhile, Williams also has an eye for goal at this level and scored 22 for Brackley in the same campaign. 

Last meeting: 

The only meeting between the two sides last season was at The Pure Stadium. 

Telford came away victorious with a 0-1 win, courtesy of a Andre Brown penalty. 

Final thoughts:

The Port have started the season well defensively and if they can keep that up then there is no reason why they can’t secure another away victory. 

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