Liam Watson makes Southport demand after ending winless run vs Leamington

Niall Watson celebrates Southport goal

Southport manager Liam Watson hopes that their win over Leamington is the starting point for a home run as they picked up just their third win of the season.

The Yellows followed their emphatic Lancashire Challenge Cup win over Longridge Town with a win over the Brakes.

Niall Watson scored the all-important goal at Haig Avenue as he continued his goalscoring form, extending it to three matches after goals against Darlington and the Ridge.

Port still remain two points above the relegation zone after 10 games but Watson has reiterated that the performances haven’t matched their league position in recent weeks which coincided with injury issues.

“Really good to get the win but the performance dictated we would win the game. If we put that performance in we would win most games,” he told Off The Park.

They host Bradford Park Avenue this weekend as they look to put together a run of form at home.

Last season, Port suffered a similar bad run of form in the opening months of the season before they hit their stride and put on a magnanimous run.

Which is something, with the help of returnees, the Port boss hopes can be emulated. He continued: “That’s what happened last year, you get a bit of confidence.

“Tyler’s [Walton], Niall [Watson], Josh Hmami back in the team, Carver’s back at the club, Jordan [Archer] missed a game, Declan [Evans], Cam’s [Mason] is back in the team so all over the pitch we’re stronger than what we have been in certain parts of the season. Long may that continue.

“It should’ve been more than one, 100 per cent,” he continued. “The fact that we’ve got to a little bit more clinical, when we haven’t been scoring that happens. I’m sure Marcus and Jordan just need a goal each then they’ll go on a run.

“Tyler and Niall have both scored at Darlo, Longridge, Tyler’s made the goal for Niall on Saturday, they’re getting goals.

“We’ve got goalscorers all over the pitch and in the team. We always think back-to-back wins are massive, you can always go two, three, four weeks without picking up six points, if you can do it in week it doesn’t half shoot you up the table.”

Marcus Carver made his comeback to Port after leaving for the Football League in January.

As he bids to refind his fitness, following a recurring thigh problem, and form. Watson was delighted to have him back and lauded his impact.

He said: “Massive, he starts the tempo because of the way he plays, he gets our forward players at it. It becomes a very aggressive front four, there’s pace down the side, there’s size and stature then pace and movement up top as well.”

Bradford Park Avenue sit bottom of the National League North table after picking up three points in their opening games but they are still searching for their first win.

Experienced at this level, Watson is under no illusions that it will be a walk over and has praised Mark Bower.

“They’ve got a good manager who’s been in the league a long time, he’s took his team out the league, he knows his way around the football pitch.

“He’d never get anything other than respect from me. We’ve got to play how we did, play on the front foot, work our socks off, if you can do that you’ll create chances.

Watson called on his side to build upon their recent performances and continue their winning form. He concluded: “Let’s get this run really moving, with Longridge, Leamington, you want to get three wins on the bounce and looking forward to the next game. 

“Our home record was very good last year, if we can get anything like it was last year, we’ll be a tough nut to crack.”

[Featured image: Julia Urwin – Southport FC]

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