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On This Day: February 16th

On This Day in 1993 Southport booked their third semi-final appearance of the season with a 1-0 extra time victory over Marine in the third round of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy (Lancashire Junior Cup) at Haig Avenue.

Whilst the crowd came expecting a goal-fest with both sides having already scored a remarkable 206 goals between them and 11 weeks of the season still left, the game was actually a much more cagey affair. Marine goalkeeper Kevin O’Brien had turned in a man of the match performance, making several outstanding saves, before Peter Withers scored Southport’s winning goal two minutes into extra time.

SOUTHPORT 1 – 0 MARINE

Stadium: Haig Avenue
Competition: Lancashire Junior Cup / 2
Date: 16/02/1993
Attendance: 1018

Southport Line-Up: John RoutledgeDerek GouldingMark SchofieldIan BainesAlan McDonaldDave FullerKevin MooneyDavid GambleSteve HawPeter WithersChris Walmesley,  
Subs: Mark Brennan (Mark Schofield), Stuart Mellish (David Gamble), 
Goals: Peter Withers

Manager Brian Kettle had shuffled the side to give a run out to players who hadn’t been able to win a place in recent games. Stuart Mellish was drafted into the midfield, John Routledge gave Paul Moore a rest by taking the goalkeeper spot and the Sandgrounders welcomed back Derek Goulding for his first full game since his knee operation.

Liverpool Echo – Saturday 20 February 1993

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