Southport FC v Stevenage Borough FC
Report and photos by Sally Devine
THE match held on
Saturday 20 August 2005 witnessed Stevenage arriving late due to a
serious accident on the M6, kick off being delayed until 1530hrs.
Southport made one significant change to their line up, last seasons
top scorer Terry Fearns was replaced by Neil Robinson in attack.
The home side set out to thwart Stevenages usual fast flowing game
and collectively put up their best performance so far this
season.Neil Robinson was tackled by Gregory in the box and Carl
Baker scored his first goal of the campaign from the penalty spot
after 23 minutes.
The part timers from
Southport were rewarded for their efforts with a second goal on 35
minutes when Neil Robinson pounced on a loose ball after good work
by Leadbetter and duly dispatched it into the net from close range.
Stevenage for their part
had shots from Stamp and Berquez saved by Dickinson and Krief
cleared off the line to send the Sandgrounders into the interval 2-0
A further goal followed for Southport when Robinson again reacted
quickly to a loose ball and crashed home from 12 yards.
Anthony Elding redressed the balance for the visitors when he was
presented with an easy tap in from close range after a mistake by
Earl Davies.Then a controversial penalty was awarded when Kilbane
was adjudged to have committed hand ball in the area.Darryn Stamp
made it 2-3 to set up a nail biting finish but the Port held out and
were applauded off the pitch by the fans.
Score:- 3 - 2 to Southport
Southport FC:- Dickinson; Lane; Fitzgerald; Kilbane;
Davis; Baker; Krief; Pickford; Leadbetter; Daly; Robinson
Stevenage FC:- Julian; Warnock; Gregory; Goodliffe; Henry;
Weatherstone; Bulman; Berquez; Boyd; Elding; Stamp
Bookings:- Southport 5 Stevenage 4