REPORT | Cup Exit

Southport suffered Emirates FA Cup elimination following a 3-1 defeat to Altrincham at the Pure Stadium.

Jordan Hulme was on target twice for the Robins, as Liam Watson’s side were denied a spot in the first round of the England’s oldest cup competition in front of a season high crowd of 1507.

Southport’s goal came in the final minutes of the game, as Zehn Mohammed’s goal came too late to change the flow of the afternoon.

The visitors had two very early chances to take the lead, with Thomas Hannigan and Josh Hancock both putting their efforts off target.#

Southport also tried their luck, as David Morgan and Brad Bauress produced easy saves from the Alty keeper, with attempts from outside the box.

Devarn Green also had an opportunity from a free kick, but once again it caused no concern for Anthony Thompson between the sticks, who easily collected.

A few minutes later, the winger felt he was entitled to a penalty, after he was clumsily pushed over in the box, but referee, Aaron Bannister, waved away the protests.

Down the other end, Charlie Albinson was called into action, stopping a good effort from Hancock with his fingertips.

Throughout the opening 45 minutes, the visitors looked the slicker in the final quarter, and finally broke the deadlock with three minutes of the half remaining, with Jordan Hulme firing a shot in the box past a helpless Albinson.

The Robins could’ve doubled their lead moments later, as the Port made hard of clearing a ball in the box.

Six minutes after the break, Altrincham did get their second, as Thomas Peers finished at the second time of asking after an initial save from Albinson.

Hulme had an opportunity to double his tally but could only put his effort wide of the target.

The striker didn’t have to wait too much longer to grab his second, as he made no mistake with his next chance, neatly tucking a shot into the right corner to make it 3-0 on the hour mark.

A minute later Hulme could’ve got a hat trick following a poor touch from the keeper.

Somehow Watson’s side survived as the striker tumbled over and the ref waved away calls for a penalty.
As the Port desperately looked for a goal of their own, Bauress put his effort from the edge of the box well wide of the target, as a consolation never looked like coming.

Morgan came a little closer in the 75th minute, but the ball was blocked in front of the keeper.

Down the other end, Peers nearly bagged another goal, with a speculative effort hitting the crossbar.

With two minutes remaining, Southport did pull one back, as substitute Zehn Mohammed headed in.

The Port could’ve narrowed the deficit further from a free kick on the edge of area, but Jack Doyle’s attempt was well stopped by Thompson as the game ended 3-1.

Southport FC: Charlie Albinson, Reagan Ogle, Jack Doyle, Dean Winnard (65’), Ryan Astles, David Morgan, Devarn Green (68’), Russell Benjamin, Raul Correia (60’), Jack Sampson, Brad Bauress.
Substitutes: Kieran Glynn (60’) , Zehn Mohammed (65’) Connor Woods (68’)
Unused subs: Andy Parry, Dan Hanford, Morgan Homson-Smith
Goal: Mohammed (88’)

Altrincham: Anthony Thompson, Shaun Densmore, Andrew White, James Jones, Thomas Hannigan, Jake Moult, John Johnstone, Sean Williams, Jordan Hulme (84’), Joshua Hancock, Thomas Peers.
Substitutes: Tobias Mullarkey (84’)
Unused subs: Max Harrop, Simon Richman, Connor Hampson, Joel Torrance.
Goals: Hulme (43,’ 60’), Peers (51’)

Attendance: 1,507

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