PREVIEW | Season Finale

PREVIEW | Season Finale

Southport will looking to finish the campaign with a bang as they prepare to take on Colne at the University of Bolton Stadium in the Lancashire FA Partners Foundation Trophy Final.

A defeat on the final day of the league season will not dampen Port spirits too much as mid-table finish was already secured.

The 2-1 loss to Blyth Spartans means Liam Watson’s side finish the campaign in 14th place, with plenty to work on for next season.

Things can still end on a high as a win against Colne on Monday night will give Southport their second pece of silverware of the season, adding to the Liverpool Senior Cup title.

With this final taking place at the University of Bolton Stadium, it’s set to be a great occasion to end the season.

The road to the final began back in September, when Watson’s men comfortably brushed past Holker Old Boys 5-2.

Andy Hollins and Mike Phenix both scored twice, whilst Jason Gilchrist added another, in what was a rampant first-half performance.

The second round was more of the same, as Southport produced another huge score line, as they overcame Clitheroe 6-0. Jack Sampson was amongst the goal scorers in a superb showing.

The quarter-final tie against Garstang demanded a little more from the Port, as they needed two late goals from Dion Charles off the bench to continue their run with a 3-1 win.

The same scoreline was required for Southport to book their place this final, as they overcame Ashton Athletic with two goals from Paddy Lacey and a goal in stoppage time from Jordan Archer.

Meanwhile opponents Colne, have enjoyed a successful season, finishing fourth and a play-off position in the Northern Premier League Division One West.

They enter this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Skelmersdale United.

In the Lancashire FA Trophy, Colne’s cup run began with a high scoring clash against AFC Darwen.

Three goals in the first half, and two after the break helped the Lancashire side on their way to a 5-3 victory.

In the second round Steve Cunningham’s side came up against Longridge Town.

Two goals from Wood and one from Curran in the first half was enough to see the Reds come away 3-1 winners.

An early goal from Wood was enough in a 1-0 victory to steer Colne through their quarter-final tie against Charnock Richard.

In the semi-final The Red overcame Bamber Bridge, coming away 2-1 winners to book their place in the final.

For both sides this is an exciting occasion with plenty to fight for. With one set of silverware already in the cabinet this season, Liam Watson will hope his side can make it double delight.

Written by Amos Wynn

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