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Edition No. 91

Date:- 21 March 2003

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SOUTHPORT FAIL TO CAPITALISE
Report & Photographs by Sally Devine.

LAST weekends football saw Southport starting off the better of the 2 sides with both Wheatcroft and Mulvaney going close with shots going narrowly wide. Dagenham weathered the early pressure and a minute before the interval Southport failed to clear a John McGrath corner and Lee Mathews headed in almost on the line to give the Daggers the lead.

Southport came out for the second half looking for the equaliser and within a minute of the star Lee Ashcroft managed to nutmeg two defenders to score from 20 yards out.

Southport Yellows proceeded to take the lead after 54minutes, Lee Mulvaney’s shot was punched away by Dagenham’s keeper, but Dean Howell from close range fired the ball into the net.

Both sides were now providing an entertaining match despite having a strong wind to contend with. Dagenham continued to apply the pressure and Danny Hill trying a speculative shot from at least 30 yards out was as surprised as Dickinson in the Southport goal when the ball bounced over the keeper to make it 2-2.

With the Conference record of 11 straight wins now firmly in their sights, the Daggers came forward relentlessly and were rewarded with the winner on 73 minutes. Tarkan Mustafa received the ball on the right wing, cutting inside and unleashed a low drive to send the Essex contingent home happy.

Southport could not be faulted for effort, the crowd encouraging the team on, but 5 points stands between them and third from the bottom of the table. 

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