PREVIEW | Marine Mission

Southport will make the short trip to Marine this evening as they get their FA Trophy run underway against Marine.

The Port will be hoping the start of a cup run can be the change in form that they need. 

With only four points in their last seven games, Liam Watson’s side need to turn things around. 

Opposition:

Surprisingly enough, tonight’s match will not be the biggest cup game for Marine in the next month, with a Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur being the slightly more appetising fixture. 

A late goal in extra time from Niall Cummins against Havant & Waterlooville, secured their place in the 3rd round of the prestigious competition. 

In the last round of the FA Trophy, Neil Young’s side overcame Hyde United by a singular goal. 

Prior to that, they overcame Tadcaster Albion, Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic. 

Match action has been scarce for the Crosby club, due to Covid-19 restrictions stopping play in the league. 

The man in charge: 

Neil Young has been at the helm of the Lilywhites since 2018. 

During his coaching career he has spent time with teams including Stockport, Altrincham and Chester.

During his time at the Deva Stadium he won three consecutive promotions. 

Key players: 

Cummings is certainly the biggest threat amongst the Mariners attack, with nine goals in 16 games, with five of them coming in this competition. 

Josh Hmami has also been good form, with seven strikes of his own in all competitions. 

Final thoughts:

This will be a tough test for the Port, due to a mixture of poor current form and Marine’s current taste for cup success. 

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