Southport Fc v Burton Albion Fc
Report and photos by Sally Devine
ON Monday 29
August 2005, Southport returned to Haig Avenue after securing a draw
at Kidderminster last Saturday. They again left out Terry
Fearns and retained Neil Robinson and Steve Daly up front. The
home side, in front of a disappointing attendance of under 1700,
started at a brisk pace with Burton being penned back in their own
half as Southport swept forward. Robinson opened the scoring on 18
minutes after good work by Fitzgerald on the left, giving him an
opening to stroke the ball into the net from 6 yards out.
Burton with former Liverpool man Nigel Clough in their side as
player/manager pressed hard for the equaliser, Dickinson being
forced into making a point blank save from him at close quarters.
Southport increased their lead in the second half after Robinson
turned provider from the right to give Leadbetter the opportunity to
beat Crane with a low shot from 5 yards. A second goal from
Robinson with a powerfull header gave the Sandgrounders what should
have been a comfortable lead, but as in previous games the
concentration lapsed and Burton fought their way back. Krief
gave away an own goal as the shot richochetted off him and Chris
Hall a Burton sub scored the second for the visiters.
A tense finish was set
up as Southport faced a siege in their goalmouth, Burton claiming
several corners in succession as they looked for an equaliser.
But the Sandgrounders held firm and the final whistel was greeted
with relief by fans and players alike.
Final Score:- 3-2 Southport Attendance:- 1660
Southport:- Dickinson; Lane; Fitzgerald; KilbaneDavis; Krief;
Baker; Pickford; Daly; Leadbetter; Robinson
Burton:- Crane; Henshaw; Webster; Corbett; Tinson'Stride;
Anderson; Gilroy; Harrad; Graves; Clough