Guiseley AFC 0 v 1 Southport (Vanarama National League North)
Guiseley AFC returned to Nethermoor Park last weekend for a Vanarama National League North fixture against mid-table Southport. Having gone ten games without a win the Lions now find themselves just three points above the relegation zone. Joint managers Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill had to make a late change to the starting line-up following injury to defender Kennedy Digie during the warm-up.
It was a fairly quite opening to the match for both sides miss placing passes and a number of long balls out of defence. It was the home side that had the first real effort at goal on ten minutes, when a Niall Heaton’s corner leads to a scramble in the Southport box but the danger is cleared.
On twenty-two minutes, the visitors won a dangerous free-kick just outside the area which Dion Charles sent towards the Lions far post, however no one was able to connect with the ball which went pass Dewhurst’s post and out for a goal kick. The visitors went close again two minutes later as Charles found space cross but Sampson’s glancing header went wide.
Will Hatfield then broke into the visitors area around the half an hour mark and should have done better one on one with Hanford in the Southport goal, but his shot was well saved by the keeper and the ball went for a corner. Heaton sent in the corner and for the third time in the match it went to deep and out for a goal kick.
On thirty-eight minutes, the home side went close to taking the lead when a well worked free kick from the Lions that fell to Scott Garner in the box but his shot was tipped around the post by Hanford in the Southport goal who made an excellent one-handed save to make the half-time score 0-0.
The visitors started the second-half the stronger of the two sides and on fifty-two minutes they took the lead following a Jason Gilchrist’s square ball across the penalty area for top scorer Jack Sampson to tap the ball into an empty goal for his twentieth goal of the season.
On sixty-five minutes, following an excellent run Rowan Liburd hit a shot from the edge of the visitors area which was well blocked by Ryan Astles as it looked to be heading into the bottom corner of Hanford’s goal.
Will Hatfield became frustrated later in the match after being targeted for most of the game with a number of fouls made against him and the match running away from the home side, he went through Platt and received a yellow card before being taken off by the Guiseley management team.
The visitors went close to adding a second goal on eighty-eight minutes, when Jordan Archer cut the ball back for David Morgan who side-footed a shot just wide of Dewhurst’s goal when he should have score. As the final time whistle sounded there were a number of boo’s from the home supporters as Southport won on the game 1-0.
Speaking after the match Guiseley joint manager Russ O’Neill said, “I thought we did ok in the first-half, we looked more in control and passed the ball better than we did last week against Alfreton Town. However once Southport scored you could see how low we are on confidence, for me after the goal we stopped playing and never looked like scoring.
Guiseley – Dewhurst, Moyo, Garner, Thornton, Heaton, Purver, Hatfield, Halis, Felix, Odejayi, Liburd (Subs) Cantrill, Morrison, Dyche, Clayton, Francis
Southport – Hanford, Platt, Ogle, Edwards, Astles, Morgan, Charles, Lacey, Gilchrist, Sampson, Bauress (Subs) Richards, Green, Parry, Archer, Homson-Smith
Goals – (Southport) Sampson (52)
Attendance – 761