On This day in 1973 came what was probably the biggest test of the season for promotion chasing Southport. For both teams involved in this top of the table clash, they knew that the winners would be considered odds on for the championship. The pressure was mounting at Haig Avenue as the past 3 home games had seen two defeats and a draw whereas Mansfield on the other hand had spent a week a Lilleshall to prepare for the match having thrashed Crewe 5-1 in their last outing.
SOUTHPORT 3 – 1 MANSFIELD TOWN
Stadium: Haig Avenue
Southport Line-Up: Alan Taylor, Bobby Sibbald, Chris Dunleavy, John McPhee, Norrie Lloyd, David Hughes, Alex Russell, Frank Lee, Jim Fryatt, Andy Provan, Derek Ryder,
Goals: Alex Russell, Andy Provan, Andy Provan