PREVIEW | Next Stop, Nethermoor

PREVIEW | Next Stop, Nethermoor

Following on from the midweek Semi-Final cup success Southport return to league action as they travel to Guiseley.

Reaching the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy final with victory over Ashton Athletic will be a great motivator for Liam Watson’s side.

With that date at the University of Bolton Stadium in the dairy, the Port must turn their attention to the league with a visit to Nethermoor Park this weekend as they look to build on last week’s draw against FC United of Manchester.

Just like the Reds, Guiseley find themselves in a relegation battle, sitting in 19th place, just three points above the drop.

Only bottom-placed Nuneaton Town have won less games than the side jointly managed by Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill, with the Lions managing six victories.

The last of those wins came on New Year’s Day, when they earned a fine win against (Bradford Park Avenue).

Since then they’ve lost four and drawn six of their last ten, with the side unable to find that winning edge.

One of those defeats came up against the Port, in the first meeting between the pair this season. A fine goal from Jack Sampson was enough to give Watson’s side three points.

Guiseley have also been unable to stem the flow of goals conceded during their current run, with a 3-0 loss to Chorley and a 5-4 defeat to Boston United.

Goals conceded has been a theme for the Lions, with their last clean sheet coming back in November in a 0-0 draw to Darlington.

Last time out for Guiseley, they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Alfreton Town, with a first-half Jordan Sinnott goal being the difference.

The player who will help the Lions turn things around is their current top scorer Rowan Liburd.

The former Reading striker was last on target a couple of weeks ago in a 3-3 draw against FC United, and will be eager to grab himself another this weekend.

Just like Southport’s Dion Charles, the 26-year-old is currently on 11 league goals this campaign.

Southport will look to use this game as a chance to move them up the table and secure a highest possible league finish, meanwhile for Guiseley it’s all about securing survival and moving away from the bottom three places.

Written by Amos Wynn


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