Liam Watson lauds Connor Woods as Southport continue form with FA Trophy progression in sight

Southport manager Liam Watson

Southport manager Liam Watson has praised his side and reaffirmed his belief in the squad going into a busy schedule.

Port continued their upturn in form earning a hard-earned point before a win over an experienced Alfreton Town side thanks to Connor Woods’ double.

Watson still has hopes for the season with November coming to a close as they look to hack away at the points difference above them.

Tuesday’s match-winner was lauded for his development as he continues to go from strength to strength for the Yellows.

For the returning George Newell, the Southport boss confirmed that he would be going out on loan next week as he steps up his return from injury.

Watson told Off the Park: “The point at Leamington’s a good point but it becomes a great point if you follow it up with the win on Tuesday night which we did. We obviously made four changes, liven, brighten the starting XI up and everyone’s getting minutes, squads in a good book place. 

“I’ve been saying all along this season, we’ve been playing well but we’re getting the results at the start but now the wins are coming and the performances are staying good, bodes well going in. We can go into December with the league fixtures, it could put us in a good place at the turn of the year. 

“Niall’s [Watson] made both of them and Connor [Woods] has scored them, that’s the idea of freshening up, Isaac [Buckley-Ricketts] was really good as well. Them three came into the team, all good attacking players and I think we won because we were fresher than Alfreton. 

“He’s really kicked on this summer, his fitness were where they needed to be but unfortunately he’s missed six weeks through shin splints when he started the season well scored on the first day, it was a setback but it’s nice to have him in and around. He’s scored last week in the cup and scored two this week.”

Ahead of Darlington’s visit in the FA Trophy, he added: “We played them a few weeks ago and won comfortably but I don’t envisage it that type of game.

“We probably surprised them set piece-wise, we went 2-0 up early doors both off long throws so I think they’ll be aware of it now. Every game is the same for us, whoever we play, we’ve got to try and win and get through to the next round.”

[Featured image: Julia Urwin]

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