Southport FC. Photo by Julia UrwinSouthport FC. Photo by Julia Urwin

Southport FC 4 Bishop’s Stortford 1

Report By Matty Hurst

Just the sixth home league win for Southport FC against Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday night comes at a crucial time as ‘Port move up to 15th, 8 points above the relegation zone with just 5 games left.

The windy conditions played a part in the opening stages of the game with both sides struggling to create chances early on.

Bennett’s header in the 13th minute was the highlight of the early proceedings, resulting in a goal line clearance for the visitors, but it was Southport who opened the scoring after Hmami’s half-volley nestled into the corner in the 37th minute.

Port raised their tails after taking the lead adding two goals in quick succession, after clever thinking by Carver made it two before Bennett at the back post made it three on the stroke of half time.

The home side started the second half in the same manner as they ended the second, but a flurry of chances came and went before the visitors claimed what was merely a consolation goal with 15 minutes to play after a volley by Charles beat McMillan in goal.

With the clock ticking down Southport had one final chance in added time and as the ball landed at Philliskirk’s feet, the midfielder made no mistake in firing past the keeper scoring his first for the club and making it 4-1 on the night.

The attention turns to Friday now as an away trip to Farsley Celtic awaits, which has a kick off time of 3pm.

Line up: Mcmillan, Quansah, Arthur, Hockenhull, Anson (c), Doyle, Philliskirk, Lloyd (Burgess 79′), Hmami, Bennett (Russ 81′), Carver.

Unused subs: Flowers, Evans, Heath

Attendance: 607 (10 away)

The Southport Brewery Sponsored Man Of The Match chosen by our Match Sponsors and also receiving the Adam Le Roi Trophy was Josh Hmami.

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