Southport FC. Photo by Julie Urwin

Southport FC 2 Blyth Spartans 3

Southport FC’s poor home record was exposed once again, going down to a 3-2 defeat to Blyth Spartans who over the 90 minutes fully deserved the win.

They will be hoping for better fortune with a great crowd behind them this coming Saturday (23rd March 2024) when they play Buxton on Non League Day.

Yesterday’s first half was one to forget for the Sandgrounders going into the break 3-1 down.

The proud run of clean sheets lasted until the 7th minute when JJ Hooper opened the scoring after poor defensive work by the Southport backline.

Great work by Richie Bennett and Danny Lloyd ended with Lloyd finishing from close range to draw the scores level.

Hooper added a second with a fine shot from 25 yards that sailed into the goal and it got worse in the 43rd minute when Bodenham scored from a corner to give the home side a mountain to climb in the second period.

It was 3-1 at half time in the home fixture and hopes were raised that there could be a repeat when Marcus Carver’s persistence saw him cross for Bennett to head home from close range.

Southport huffed and puffed but never really posed any serious goal threat after that and Blyth were able to see the game out fairly comfortably on a very disappointing home afternoon for the fans.

Line Up : Renshaw, Quansah, Doyle (Russ 86), Hockenhull, Arthur (Heath 64) Anson, Philliskirk, Burgess, Lloyd, Carver & Bennett#

Subs Not Used Flowers, Evans & McMillan

Attendance 977 54 Away

The Southport Brewery Man Of The Match judged by our match sponsor Frank Sells and also receiving the Adam Le Roi Trophy was Danny Lloyd

Media MOTM went to Richie Bennett.

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