Southport  1-0  Brackley Town    12 Oct 2019

Penalty settles it for ‘Port

Southport recorded a first ever win over Saints but are still yet to score from open play in the five meetings between the sides.  Southport captain David Morgan neatly tucked away his 64th minute penalty kick after Ellis Myles handled, the easiest decision of the afternoon for the referee.

“To lose the game off the moment we did was disappointing,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “There was no lack of effort in the performance but a bit of a lack of quality and sometimes understanding in that final third.  We had some good moments but when you come to places like Southport there are going to be times when you are under the cosh.  We have been on the right side of the fine line before but today we weren’t.”

Gaz Dean headed against the cross-bar in the first half and nobody was able to apply the finishing touch from the rebound.  Shane Byrne brought the save of the match from keeper Charles Albinson moments before the Sandgrounders went ahead and in added time late substitute Jimmy Armson headed over from Glenn Walker’s cross when Saints’ top scorer seemed odds on to secure the draw.

The game overall however was stop-start and low on clear cut chances with neither side convincing and it needed the penalty award for an obvious but inexplicable handball to break the deadlock.  The home side shot close through Ryan Astles and centre forward Raul Correia but rarely called Danny Lewis into action on what became a frustrating afternoon for Kevin Wilkin’s side.

Brackley Town:  Lewis, Myles, Franklin (Armson 79), Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Baker, Ndlovu (Daire 79), Fairlamb (York 72), Walker.    Subs unused:  Langmead, Holman.

Southport:   Albinson, Ogle, Parry, Winnard, Astles, Morgan, Green, Doyle (Benjamin 46), Correia (Newell 73 (Woods 85)), Sampson, Bauress.   Subs unused:  Mohammed, Hanford.

Referee:  David McNamara       Assistants:  Anthony Ball and Mathew McQuillan

Attendance:  1047