We turn the focus on Tuesday night’s National League North action with a full and in-depth preview of Moors’ trip to Haig Avenue.
Southport v Spennymoor Town
Tuesday 21st February 2023, 7.45pm
National League North
A superb run of form during the closing months of 2022 saw Southport taste defeat just once in 15 National League North outings as they emerged as one of the dark horses for a play-off spot.
However, three consecutive defeats in January dented confidence and The Sandgrounders have slipped below Moors in the table ahead of the two sides’ meeting at Haig Avenue.
Liam Watson’s men won impressively at Chorley at the beginning of the month, but a testing run of six away games in a row ended with back-to-back defeats at Hereford last Tuesday and Buxton at the weekend.
With five of their next seven fixtures on home soil, Southport fans will be hoping the team can rediscover their best form and enjoy a strong run-in.
One To Watch
Adam Anson wears the captain’s armband at Southport and is a dominant presence at the heart of the The Sandgrounders’ defence.
A former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers defender, Anson has won promotion from National League North before when he wore the colours of Chorley.
He’s a reliable presence at the back and missed just one game in all competitions for the club last season.
Head To Head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 11th competitive encounter between the two clubs and Moors have the edge historically having won five of those previous meetings.
However, Southport claimed all three points with their first-ever win over Moors when they made the trip to The Brewery Field back in October.
The last time the sides clashed at Haig Avenue the game finished 1-1 after Rob Ramshaw’s goal was cancelled out by an equaliser from Connor Woods.
On The Whistle
Michael Crusham is the man in the middle for Tuesday’s National League North action at Haig Avenue, and he will be assisted by Peter Brown and Adewunmi Soneye.
Moors fans are advised to buy their tickets online in advance where possible as there will be no cash turnstiles in operation at Southport on Tuesday evening.
If you can’t get to Southport on Tuesday night then you can still stay bang up-to-date with the latest from Haig Avenue by joining Mark Simpson and Billy Shackleton for live commentary on Durham OnAir.
We’ll be live from 7.35pm on Tuesday, with supporters able to access the live coverage online, via the Durham OnAir app, on DAB radio or on Freeview Channel 277.
Southport are rated 13/10 favourites for victory on Tuesday night, with Moors out at 7/4 to bring home three points, while the draw is priced up at 85/40.