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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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Hume receives Umbro Isotonic ‘Player of Month’ award

TRANMERE winger Iain Hume has been presented with the Umbro Isotonic Player of the Month award for March in The Football League Division Two.

The Canada international received the award from manager Brian Little after his wing wizardry put four goals in the net during the month.

Iain commented:- "It's great to win this award, I'd like to thank Umbro for recognising the achievements of players in the football league, and the rest of the lads for some great team performances in the month."

This all-new award for the 2003-4 seasons follow the adoption of Umbro Isotonic as the official sports drink of The Football League as well as the first national sponsor of the Youth Alliance competition, a breeding ground for Britain’s future footballing talent.

THRILLER MATCH LEAVES SANDGROUNDERS RUING ANOTHER SEASON DEFEAT
Report and Photographs by Sally Devine
 

SOUTHPORT aimed to avenge last Saturday from an early season defeat against Stalybridge after reeling from a close defeat in what was to be another thriller.

Stalybridge with a Conference North place in their sights began the game brightly after scoring from a set piece corner when Eastwood scored on the eleventh minute. But it was the Sandgrounders who were to return their compliment with an equalizer six minutes later after the home side took advantage of a fumble by the Stalytbridge goalkeeper who failed to hold on to Barry Jones’ freekick.

This was the impetus for Southport who took the lead in the 27 minute with seemingly the away sad keeper lacking in concentration and forcing defender Parr to commit a handball offence leading to a penalty with Baker finishing off Southport’s intent and putting the ball into the net.

Half time saw the Celtics with a different frame as they duly came out with guns blazing and were immediately gifted an equaliser shortly after the start. Earl Davis lost possession near gold and a shot ricochet bouncing off a Stalybridge player and was turned into goal by Nathan Wharton from close range who seized on the gift.

Worse was to follow for the home side as yet another mistake led to a simple goal being tapped in after Davis led to Eastwood gifting a goal to put the Celtics ahead.

Southport pressed forward introducing substitute Lee Mulvaney and the move almost paid off with a nutmeg pass to Carl Baker whose shot was beaten away by the Celtics Keeper.

A frantic last ten minutes ensued with the Sandgrounders bombarding the Brick End but the visitors held firm leaving the Sandgrounders regretting their early season defeat with the last few games of the season to go and only one point gained in their last three matches.

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