Southport FC lose at Altrincham
Report and photos by Sally Devine
ON Saturday 15
October 2005 Southport travelled over to Cheshire last Saturday for
the Conference league game against Altrincham, both teams having
gained promotion last season. It was the away side which set the
early pace, Southport being encouraged by a good travelling support
of around 300 fans.
The Sandgrounders pressed forward, Lane and Lynch both having shots
saved but Coburn. Kevin Leadbetter missed a glit edged chance to put
the Port ahead but failed to find the target in a one on one
situation. Altrincham looked the more jittery of the two teams and
misplaced passes meant Southport enjoyed 75% of the possession in
the first half.
After the interval
the Robins took the game to Southport and became the dominant force.
Dickinson was forced into making a good save from Peter Band and the
pace of Lutel James gave Southport's defence a torrid time.
Altrinchams goal arrived on 70 minutes. Little and Hawes combined to
provide Potts with the opportunity to fire into the top corner of
the net. This gave impetus to the home side and Southport looked a
pale shadow of their former selves and faded badly in the last
quarter. Only shots from Baker, who had a quiet match by his
standards, and Leadbetter troubled Coburn who picked up the man of
the match award presumably for his heroics in the first half.
Score:- 1-0 Altrincham
Southport:- Dickinson; Lane; Fitzgerald; Kilbane; Fitzhenry;
Baker; Morley; Lynch; McGinn; Daly; Leadbetter
Coburn; Munroe; Band; Talbot; Adams; Potts; Hawes; Owen; Scott;
Goal:- Altrincham's Colin Potts