PREVIEW | Minstermen Await

Southport head into the weekend on the back of midweek glory as they prepare for a clash against York City.

The win on penalties against Prescot Cables saw Liam Watson’s side lift the Liverpool CFA Senior Cup.

Focus now turns back to the league for the Port, with a trip to Bootham Crescent to take on York.

It will be Southport’s last visit to this ground, with the Minstermen due to play at a new stadium next season.

The Minstermen currently sit two points ahead of Southport, occupying 13th place in the Vanarama National League North.

They head into this game on the back three draws in a row, scoring six and conceding six showing they will provide a threat at both ends.

Last time out they travelled to Guiseley, but despite taking an early lead they were pegged back as the game ended 1-1.

2019 has been mixed for Steve Watson’s side with six wins, five defeats and three draws.

The year began well with a 4-0 win over Darlington but was followed three back to back defeats, with form being up and down all through the season.

When Southport met York earlier on this season it was the visitors who were victorious at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Despite Dion Charles opening the scoring from the spot in the seventh minute, goals from Burrow and Heslop helped York come from behind to get the three points.

One of the standout players for York was Joe Ironside, who scored 11 for the club whilst on loan from Kidderminster.

Since the forward went back to his parent club other players have needed to step up, with Macaulay Langstaff being the most recent to do so having scored three in his last three.

This game is nothing more than a mid-table battle, as both sides look to finish in a similar position to last season, none the less it’s a game both will be eager to win to finish as high as possible.

Written by Amos Wynn


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