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Edition No. 222

Date:- 10 October 2005

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Southport FC v Cambridge Utd FC
Report and photos by Sally Devine
Sat 1st October 2005

THE points were shared in a pulsating game last Saturday at Haig Avenue. Southport hosting Cambridge Utd, relegated from Football League Div 2 last season. The game had an explosive start, Carl Baker netting after only nine seconds. Kevin Leadbetters shot on goal was only parried by Howie in the Cambridge goal and Baker followed it up by scoring from 15 yards out.

Cambridge were soon level after 5 minutes. Westcarr provided the cross for Fola Onibuje to head past Dickinson in goal. The first half produced several chances for both sides as the game moved from end to end.

Baker in prodigious form, scored his second early in the second half with a sweet volley past Scott Howie to make it 2-1 for the Sandgrounders. An opportunity to complete his hat trick was squandered in the 59th minute when the home side were awarded a penalty, but Baker placed his shot too near Howie and the ball was comfortably palmed away.

Cambridge made several substitutions, applied pressure and were rewarded 7 minutes from time when Atkins provided a pass through to Craig Westcarr who managed to elude the heavy Southport presence and fire home from close range to be engulfed by his team mates in wild celebration.

Southport will learn who their opponents are in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round in the next few days and will be hoping to avoid the other teams in the Conference.

Final Score:- 2-2
Attendance:- 1297

Southport FC:- Dickinson; Lane; Fitzgerald; Kilbane; Powell; Baker; Lynch; Morley; McGinn; Daly; Leadbetter

Cambridge Utd FC:- Howie; Robbins; Peter; Davies; Bridges; Hanlon; Okai; Smith; Onibuje;
Westcarr; Pitt

Goals:- Southport = Baker [2] Cambridge = Onibuje[1] and Westcarr [1]

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