Rivals hold on for point at The Pure
2 Sep 2021
SOUTHPORT enjoyed another fine performance but once again were unable to turn the display into three deserved points which is becoming a familiar tale.
The afternoon started badly for the home side conceding a penalty after just six minutes through a handball decision. Ashley Hemmings confidently despatched the spot kick past Cam Mason.
Southport then created two golden chances with Niall Watson 16 minutes and Chris Doyle 21 minutes well placed to give the home side the advantage but both efforts were blocked by the visitors rear guard.
The game ebbed and flowed and Southport again went close in the 44th minute when Josh Hmami fired just wide.
Kidderminutester went close at the start of the second half rattling the bar but that was as close as they came in a second period dominated by the home side.
Watson went close again the the 48th minute from a superb Connor Woods cross and Woods himself fired just wide on 65 minutes with an excellent shot on the run that looked destined for the corner of the net but flew just wide.
Southport drew level on 71 minutes when another handball in the area saw the home side awarded a penalty. Marcus Carver stepped up once again to comfortably beat the ‘keeper.
It was all Southport now and chances came readily but Southport were unable to convert and the game ended 1-1.
The goal attempts of 13 to 7 in Southport’s favour told the story of the game.
Kidderminutester came into the match with maximum points and once again Southport showed they could live with a top side and with some better finishing could easily have turned one point into three.
Goalscorer Carver said after the game: “On a personal note, scoring three in three games is what a striker wants to do. I’m leading the way and helping the team out. I was happy we were able to get ourselves back in the game and get a point.
“We have a young squad and we’re still learning. We started very slow and the lads know that.
“We came in at half time and we were all disappointed. In the second half we went out and were a completely different team, we switched our mindsets and pressed from the start and penned them in for the last 45 minutes.
“We created enough chances to win and one day someone is going to get a drubbing.”
LINE UP: Mason, Doyle J, Anson (Capt). Tharme, Woods, Munro (Vassallo 72), Carver (Archer 86), Doyle C, Hmami, Watson (Buckley-Ricketts 79) Bainbridge. Unused Subs: Oliver and McMillan