An injury-hit Southport side put up a valiant fight against York City who were looking to keep their title challenge alive, the away side coming away with a 2-0 victory.
Both sides would have early chances. The first falling to York winger Alex Kempster he capitalised on a mistake from Charlie Oliver to force Southport keeper Charlie Albinson into making a save.
Southport’s first chance would come through Jack Sampson the striker’s effort stopped by York keeper Pete Jameson.
York would take the lead 34 minutes into the game, Kallum Griffiths corner was flicked in by Kieran Green. The goal had come against the run of play as Southport had grown into the game.
Following the goal York controlled the remainder of the first half and could have easily made it 2-0 before the half was out. After recovering the ball from a Southport attack the away side countered Kempster once again forcing a great save from Albinson.
The last action of the half also saw the first booking of the game, Sampson’s strong tackle on Griffiths deemed enough to go into the referees book.
Southport started the second half strongly, a ball from Brad Bauress finding Raul Correia who could not get enough contact on the ball to steer it home.
Minutes later York would double their lead Paddy McLaughlin released Jordan Burrow whose driven effort found the back of the net.
The home side wasted another golden chance to score when Reagan Ogle’s throw-in caused pandemonium in the York box with Devarn Green, Sampson and Ryan Astles all having efforts on goal within just seconds of each other and unbelievably not one finding the net.
Raul Correia was replaced by George Newell who had returned from a loan at Marine AFC earlier in the week.
York could have made it three when Green broke through but a last-ditch sliding tackle from Russell Benjamin denied the forward.
Substitute Newell came only inches from marking his return with a goal. His diving header from a Bauress free kick that was hooked into the danger area by Sampson had to be cleared off the line.
York substitute Macaulay Langstaff would have the last big chance of the game but was denied by Albinson, who made a number of good saves.
The game ended Southport 0-2 York City. The home side watched on by a crowd of 1,144 could be motivated by creating many chances throughout the game against such strong opposition but they were just missing that clinical edge to finish the chances.
Written by Josh Birch
Southport: Albinson, Oliver, Ogle, Mohammed, Astles, Morgan, Benjamin, Green, Corriea (Newell 59), Sampson, Bauress (Wood 79).
Subs not used: Hanford, Woods, Homson-Smith.
York City: Jameson, Griffiths, Ferguson, Newton, McNulty, Tait, Moke, McLaughlin, Burrow, Green, Kempster (Langstaff 76).
Subs not used: Bond, Durrell, King, Whitley.
Referee: David McNamara