John Coleman scored 4 on this day in 1986 as the Sandgrounders put 5 past bottom club Goole to climb to third in the table, leapfrogging rivals Marine and just a point behind leaders Gateshead and Morecambe.
Ron Naden had recovered well enough to start having, along with Rob Stugeon, missed the previous 2 games with flu and was amongst a number of changes as manager Bryan Griffiths experimented following the sale of Andy Mutch to Wolves.
GOOLE TOWN 1 – 5 SOUTHPORT
Southport Line-Up: Paul Evans, Shaun Teale, John Coleman, Kevin McCormack, John Brady , Graham Rowlands , Ged Parr, Mick Fagan , Ronnie Naden , George Carr , Andy Gray ,
Subs: Steve Rigby
Goals: John Coleman, John Coleman, John Coleman, John Coleman, Ged Parr