Match Report By Ben Haslam
Southport were unlucky to be dumped out the FA Trophy sixth round to National League leaders Torquay in a tight game at the PURE Stadium.
Torquay came out looking the team in form as the National League promotion hopefuls took the lead just eight minutes into the half. Randell took the ball down the right before hitting a low cross into Umerah who took a touch and hit a low shot past McMillan from the centre of the box.
Just short of ten minutes later saw a great chance as Doyle floats a cross into Woods at the far post who pulls it back for Archer, but the forward couldn’t quite get his head to the ball and was cleared out the box.
With the Port still very much alive and kicking, Torquay stepped up a gear and pushed for their second of the game with steady pressure. Shortly after Archer’s chance, the visitors went up the other end and were unlucky to get a second as their midfielder, Little, hit a hard shot but McMillan was there to push the ball away.
After 25 minutes of constant pressure from the Gulls, the Yellows managed to push Torquay with two consecutive chances. Following a great cross, the ball was pulled back to Bainbridge who slices the ball out to the nearside. The ball is then out back into the box for Bainbridge again but his effort from close range was blocked and put out for a corner.
Southport came out after the break with a bundle of energy. The Sandgrounders pushed Torquay. The home side managed consecutive corners but unable to force any clear-cut chances.
Just seven minutes into the second half Woods picked the ball up on the nearside of the box who played it to the unmarked Niall Watson at the far side of the box who hits it hard, but it is saved. The ball then fell to Archer who’s shot was saved off the line by former Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers left back Dean Moxey.
Less than five minutes later there were strong calls from the Southport camp for a penalty after Watson went down in the box. The referee waved away any calls and play continued.
Woods again creating chances, played in Archer who was one on one but Torquay captain, Cameron, recovered and made a great tackle to add to Archer’s frustrating day at the office.
After a back and forth second half, ten minutes before full time, Waters was through in the Southport box. The forward has a shot but was blocked by a sliding Mo Ali, his rebound effort was then pushed away by a stern McMillan.
With only seconds left of added time, Torquay were able to double their lead and seal thr game. Andrews played in Whitfield on the left. The winger then plays it across the box to Waters who had a simple tap in.
Southport were unlucky to not come back into the game, but National League leaders Torquay managed to squeeze out a win with a scoreline that doesn’t reflect the tight game that the Port gave them.
FINAL SCORE Southport 0 Torquay United 2
Match photos will be on Flickr in due course.