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
Southport Line-Up: John Routledge, Derek Goulding, Mark Schofield, Ian Baines, Alan McDonald, Dave Fuller, Kevin Mooney, David Gamble, Steve Haw, Peter Withers, Chris 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.