The National League North’s in-form teams meet at The Brewery Field as Moors host Southport on Armed Forces Day.
A goalless draw at Brackley on Tuesday evening, featuring a resolute and gritty second half defensive display, means Moors currently sit in 8th place, just outside the play-off places.
Opponents Southport are smarting from a fantastic month of form which has seen them rocket up the league table into 4th position. A 4-1 hammering of Leamington last weekend, featuring a hat-trick from David Morgan, put them on 28 points, five ahead of Spennymoor.
It’s now 66 days since Jason Ainsley’s side suffered a league defeat – a 1-0 loss at Gateshead – as the season continues to gather serious momentum. A 2-0 win over Alfreton Town last weekend, seen by many as the most accomplished performance of the campaign to date, proved that Moors have well and truly put their early season disappointment behind them.
With leaders York City and fellow play-off contenders Brackley Town not playing due to FA Cup commitments, Saturday represents a chance for Moors to climb into the top seven and have a platform to build on ahead of Boston on Tuesday evening.
Southport, under the guidance of Liam Watson, will be no pushovers, with The Sandgrounders looking the real deal after a season of mediocrity in 2018/19.
We got the views of Southport Programme Writer, Rob Urwin, ahead of today’s game. The full interview is in this week’s edition of ‘The Moors’!
Four consecutive wins have catapulted you up the league table and into top four ahead of today’s game. What do you put your recent run down to?
Confidence! The arrival of Marcus Wood who was with us on loan last season but not kept has freed up David Morgan to push forward and he now has nine goals to his credit from midfield and has been a revelation. We had a bad performance in the FA Cup at home to Altrincham and it seems to have spurred everyone on in the league.
In terms of the players brought in over the summer, who has made an impact in the first few months?
We have generally kept the same squad together. We have a young lad called Connor Woods brought in from local football and of whom great things are expected and he is slowly being nurtured into this level of football but is one we all want to do well, and he has started really well.
Favourite moment of the season so far?
Scoring our first ever goal against Brackley and winning the game…they are a real bogey side to us.
Who should we keep an eye on?
That would be telling! Seriously, if Connor starts or comes on, he is well worth keeping an eye on.