MATCH REPORT | Torquay United 1 – 2 Southport

Southport’s recent resurgence continued under Steve Burr at Plainmoor.

A sensational nine-minute second-half spell saw the Sandgrounders score two goals from Callum Howe and James Caton to extend their unbeaten run and record their second away win of season.

Even more importantly the away three points took the Port out of the Vanarama National League drop zone.

An excellent Brett Williams 27th minute solo goal put the Gulls ahead somewhat against the play. Williams weaved in from the left beating two defenders before slotting across Magnus Norman into the bottom right-hand corner.

Steve Burr introduced winger James Caton at half-time to pep up the Port strike force and it worked superbly.

Marauding centre back Callum Howe equalised on 67 minutes. Howe found himself in space in the box and produced an audacious lob while Torquay’s defence and keeper stood transfixed.

Ex Wolverhampton Wanderers under 21 captain Declan Weeks created the winner with a brilliant diagonal 50 yard ball which found Caton on the left.

Caton was decisive, cutting inside, before beating Brendan Moore low down on his near post.

Southport asserted themselves with their only scare coming when an assistants flag rescued them on 81 minutes with Torquay’s celebrations proving premature.

Four minutes of stoppage saw Magnus Norman make a mid-air reflex save while the Port’s pace always threatened to counter, as the whistle saw the visitors record a thoroughly deserved victory.


Torquay United: Moore, Rowe-Turner, Gallifuoco, Richards, Young, Gerring, Blissett (Chamberlain 82), Williams, McGinty, Reid, Ward (Chaney 62). Subs (not used): Duke, Palfrey, Robba.

Southport: Norman, Ashton, Nolan, A Jones, Allen (Grimes 68), Thompson, Hynes, Weeks, Howe, Higgins, Ferguson (Caton 46). Subs (not used): Gray, Cofie, G Jones.

Attendance: 1,490

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