Southport lock horns with Altrincham as they seek FA Cup upset

Southport manager Liam Watson

Southport manager Liam Watson has pulled no punches ahead of their FA Cup clash with Altrincham.

The Yellows will be looking to cause an upset by beating the National League side on Saturday and reach the FA Cup First Round for the first team in nearly three years.

It has been a couple of years since the two last locked horns with Altrincham sealing promotion via the play-off’s in the season before the pandemic.

For the Sandgrounders and Watson, it isn’t new ground having faced a number of tough clashes on route to the Fourth Round Qualifying clash.

Chorley and Spennymoor have already fell to the sword of the Port. A win over Alty would see Southport in their first FA Cup First Round tie since 2019 where they were knocked out by rivals Tranmere Rovers.

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Despite their league position, there is belief in the Yellow camp.

“No better chance, it’s a shot to nothing, nobody gives us a chance on Saturday we firmly believe we can cause an upset. 

“It’s not the case of getting one over on them, it’s about the case of getting through to the next round of the cup. Again, they’ll be absolute favourites, the manager will fancy coming here and beating us. 

“Two contrasting styles, they’ll be looking to play through the thirds, we’ll try be positive, get into the forwards quickly and again try use our physicality. They’re not the biggest team but they’re a good footballing team so it depends which style can come out on top.”

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