Southport 3 Imps 3 It Rains Goals as Hamza sees Red
Southport FC under manager Gary Brabin are going to battle to the end. The Mighty Imps under Simmo will do the same. What transpired was a fantastic game at the Merseyrail Community stadium. For the benefit of the Sandgounders fans, first the Teams & Schemes, then the match report and finally the table and more stats than you can shake an Imp or Sandgrounder at. No wonder Simmo was passionate at the end of it
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Scorers Sam-Yorke 11′ Tomlinson 17′ Joyce 33′ Brodie OG 36′ Brodie 38′ Marsden 86′
Attendance 746 (620 Boro 126 Imps )
Ref Mr Hussin
Teams & schemes
Gary Brabin goes 5-3-2
15 Rutherford 23 MacDonald (Y) 6 Foster 5 Collins 3 Fitzpatrick
14 Joyce 8 George (Y) 12 Lynch
10 Brodie 17 Dyer
11 Tomlinson 5 Bencherif 22 Marshall
10 Ledsham 12 Mendy (R)
3 Newton 6 Diagne 5 Brown 2 Miller
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1
Subs & substitutions
The Port Bench: 1 Weston, 20 Smith, 15 Connor, 2 Challoner, 18 Marsden (Y)
Substitutions: 75 Marsden on for Dyer 83′ Connor on for Joyce 87′ Challoner on for Fitzpatrick.
The Imps Bench: 31 Preece, 17 Caprice,14 Nolan, 8 Power, 4 Jordan
To the game fellow football fans to the game…………
A scrappy start bursting with nervous energy, understandable given the stakes, leads to a Southport corner. Its land of the giants in the box with all their big lads up, but Brown heads away. Fitzpatrick is looking dangerous, feeding Collins, but, his left-foot drive goes wide. Tomlinson is battling away but he is completely out numbered and the ball from Marshall is poor. George and Fitzpatrick conjure a great piece of football but Miller clears. A great corner from Fitzpatrick finds the head of MacDonald who cannot believe Townsend’s fantastic reaction save.
Miller on the overlap, exchanges with Marshall, then drives over a low cross for Sam-Yorke to sweetly sweep the ball home for a vital Lincoln lead. Against the run of play, perhaps, but if you have lost your last five away games on the trot any break is well overdue and deserved. A howitzer from Fitzpatrick fizzes past the post. Newton gets forward sends in a beauty but Ledsham can’t quite get his head to it, or it would have been a second. The game is end to end with Lynch firing in a cross that Brown scrambles clear, then at the other Tomlinson beats two and fails to find Sam-Yorke, when a dig himself might have got a goal.
Brabin certainly has his team fired up, although Brodie seems slow, brooding and well off the pace. It’s two nil as Tomlinson lets the ball bounce then hits a glorious left foot half-volley home. Southport are eager, then again an unhappy Gary Brabin is not best pleased as Tomlinson lashes another Newton cross over the bar and out of the ground. Tomlinson is back supporting Newton. He robs Rutherford and is really showing that engine and desire tonight. Quality player we need to get a new contract in front of our twenty goal a season hero quick.
George, Collins Mendy and Hamza are really trying to play it about, indeed it is a good job Hamza was ruled fit. Fitzpatrick gets forward again but Miller beats Brodie to it, with the ref missing a little bit of afters between two competitive charming cherubs. Fitzpatrick floats in a free-kick, the Imps fail to clear. The ball drops to Joyce who strokes goalwards and it loops into the top left for 2-1. Almost immediately another goal as Newton fires in a low set-piece. Miller and Brodie go for it with the ball finishing in the back of the net. Miller claims it, it is awarded as an own goal to Brodie and you just know that is going to add spice to their growing lovers tiff.
The whirlwind affair continues. Lynch puts in a peach and Brodie heads home a towering header into the top corner for 3-2. Brodie and Miller are at it again with the ref calming things down. Rutherford cuts in and sends a bullet against the post with Townsend clutching fresh air. The ball eludes Townsend but fortunately Foster fires over. Joyce goes in strong on Marshall, firm but fair, yet this time the referee decides to draw the line and brandish a card. Brilliant first half and the players do still look up for it as Sam-Yorke, MacDonald, Brodie and Miller continue the discussions as they go down the tunnel.
Ledsham – clearly they are pleased he is back – takes one in the face, the ref waves play on and Marshall sends Tomlinson who hits a bullet only for Raya to make a magnificent save. The referee gives MacDonald a card for that earlier offence. The Imps appear to have gone to 5-3-2 ‘park the bus’ with Hamza helping to deal with Brodie and thus hopefully ensuring that Miller remains on the pitch. His mate Brodie is on fire, nodding on to Dyer, then taking a return, only to be crowded out by two of the three centre-backs. There are some choice challenges going on with the ref all for letting the game and the blood and guts ‘gonzo’ football flow.
The pace is relentless although Southport do appear to be enjoying the lions share as the five man rear-guard phalanx take it in turns to dive in to negate any final ball. There is almost a scrum at one point with the Imps getting a free kick. Newton delivers to the far post Tomlinson heads downwards at the far post. A corner is given which Newton delivers, the keeper misses but Collins thunders away. Foster goes long and in two bounces it is in Townsend’s gloves. Gary Brabin is into the referee for time-wasting you just have to love the Liverpudlian lad.
Both sides appear to be going long with, what purports to be the press box, reaching for the Ralgex spray for those stiff necks. Fitzpatrick fires in a free-kick, Brown heads clear and Marshall runs the ball out. Southport get another corner but this time the ball is cleared by Hamza who is clearly driving that parked bus. The Imps need the points and clearly the fans have had value for money enough. Brabin makes a substitution with Marsden on for Dyer to support the warrior Brodie. Newton gets Tomlinson away but his shot is wide. Raya is out smartly after Sam-Yorke just pushes the ball too far after a promising run.
Another Fitzpatrick finds the head of Brodie but thankfully Townsend denies him with a fine save. Brodie twists, turns beats two then checks back onto his left and hits a hay-maker for the top corner. Townsend brilliantly palms the ball behind. The corner sees pinball in the penalty box and somehow the ball is cleared off the line and over the bar from Diagne. Joyce is replaced by Connor. A one two between Sam-Yorke and Marshall feeds Ledsham who shoots wastefully wide. It is costly. A ‘ worldie’ on the half-volley from Marsden – all of 30-yards – flies into the top corner for 3-3.
Brabin wants a win then as Fitzpatrick is replaced by Challoner – after a terrific game it must be said. Five minutes go up on the board to the delight of some and the consternation of others. The inspirational language from both benches is uplifting – I wont use the word spiritual – but it is definitely lifting the fallen. Miller gets Tomlinson away who lets fly to ease the relentless pressure. Diagne puts in a brilliant challenge on Challoner who appears just as spritely as Fitzpatrick was. Brodie leaves two in his wake and Brown slides in perfectly to take it off his toe for a corner at the last. Then Hamza gets a red card for saying something to the referee on the whistle.
The Stats & League Table
Note: shots on includes goals plus all blocks and saves includes crosses claimed
50 % Ball 50 %
8 Shots on 8
5 Misses 6
3 Saves 5
8 Corners 5
3 Offside 3
10 Fouls 11
3 Yellows 0
0 Reds 1
|3||FC Halifax Town||15||8||4||3||27||14||+13||28|
|7||Forest Green Rovers||15||7||5||3||20||14||+6||26|
|24||AFC Telford United||15||1||4||10||19||37||-18||7|
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