Southport make FA Cup date with Altrincham after Spennymoor win

Southport players celebrate

FA Cup progression at the expense of Spennymoor left Southport manager Liam Watson delighted.

The Port missed an early penalty from Marcus Carver but he atoned for his miss by scoring the winner as they came from behind to beat Tommy Miller’s 10-man.

They lead through Doug Tharme before Glen Taylor and Brad Abbott put the visitors in the lead but in the latter stages of the first half Southport were given a man advantage after Stephen Thompson was sent off for a high tackle.

It meant another home win for the Yellows after their last outing against Chorley, also in an FA Cup replay, swung in their favour.

But for the Sandgrounder’s manager, he felt it was more of the conditions that played a factor in the result than the decision from the official.

“I keep on saying our performances have been really good, when you’ve been performing really well and have a bit of bad luck like we all do, all teams will moan about that but reality if you look  at our fixtures they’ve been incredibly tough.

“No one’s given us a hiding, your first 10 games you’ve had Spennymoor three times, who will be there or there abouts, Chorley twice, who will be up there, you’ve had Brackley, Fylde, Kidderminster, Gateshead and Gloucester at home, so out the first 10 we’ve lost three and we’re sat at the bottom of the league.

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“Which is bizarre to say the least when you put it into perspective. 

“I think the wind had more of a bearing on the performance than the red card. We went against the wind first half, it was horrendous the wind, so they had the wind. If you would’ve asked me at the start if you come in 1-0 down at half time would you of been okay with that, I said yeah I would because we knew with the throw, set plays, I know we were going to cause them big, big problems with the wind and that what proved to be the case. 

“Another game with great following from the fans, I keep on saying it, I’ve been at Southport since 2003 and I’ve never witnessed this what’s going on at the minute, ever.

“Even when we were winning the league and having big cup games it’s been unreal. Everywhere we go they’re bouncing it’s like a party all the way through it. I don’t know where they’ve come from but it’s great. I think they’re buying into the lads as well.”

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