Lacklustre Lions Suffer First Defeat


In a game of complete contrasts, having not scored in their first two games the home side bagged three without reply against a Lions side that had not conceded so far this season.

The visitors failed to get to grips with a strong wind at their backs in the first half and were behind in the very first minute as a they failed to clear the ball leaving David Morgan to chip a ball into Raul Correia who laid in on for Jack Sampson to finish with a right foot volley.

My ball….

Fifteen minutes later the Sandgrounders extended their lead as Keiran Glynn’s low ball across the six-yard box was flicked home by Correia as the Guiseley defence once again failed to deal with the cross.

Kaine Felix brought a good stop from Dan Hanford as did Aram Soleman but the visitor’s energy and slick movementthat had been a haalmark of their first two emphatic wins  seemed strangely lacking.

Hanford pushes away Felix’s effort

Southport put the game beyond doubt as they scored a third six minutes into the second period after the Lions left Glynn unmarked and he lashed home a shot into the bottom left hand corner.

One that got away as the Lions ship a third

Jaime Spencer then gave referee Ben Atkinson no option but to brandish a second yellow for a late challenge after he had already been cautioned in the first half.

However, the Lions thought they had found their way back into the gamee in the 72nd minute as Aaron Martin rose highest from a corner to head beyond Dan Hanford but it was not to be as the referee awarded a free kick to the home side instead.

Martin heads home but the referee blows for an infringement

Attendance: 937


1 George Sykes-Kenworthy
2 Reiss McNally
3 Brad Nicholson
4 George Cantrill
5 Hamza Bencherif
6 Scott Garner
7 Kaine Felix (Barkers 72)
8 Jamie Spencer
9 Aaron Martin
10 Aram Soleman
11 Gabriel Johnson (Shaw 46)


12 Lee Shaw
13 Lloyd Allinson
14 Dylan Barkers
15 Kennedy Digie
16 Sam Scrivens