We turn the focus on the midweek action with a full and in-depth preview of Moors’ National League North trip to Haig Avenue.
Southport v Spennymoor Town
Tuesday 18th April 2023, 7.45pm
National League North
Southport will be keen to halt a tricky run of form which has seen them taste defeat in each of their last five outings in National League North and fail to win in any of their last six games on home soil.
With back-to-back games on their own patch to come this week, boss Liam Watson will be hoping they can turn things around and put further distance between themselves and the bottom four.
They currently lie five points above the drop zone but know they may need another result to make absolutely sure, especially when they face a potentially pivotal trip to Leamington on the final day.
One To Watch
Adam Anson wears the captain’s armband at Southport these days and is a dominant presence at the heart of the The Sandgrounders’ defence.
A former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers centre-back, Anson has won promotion from National League North in the past when he wore the colours of Chorley.
He’s a reliable presence at the back for Liam Watson’s side and his leadership on and off the pitch will be a key factor as Southport look to turn around their form in the closing weeks of the 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
Darius Bradley will be the man in the middle for Tuesday night’s encounter with Southport, and he will be assisted by Adewunmi Soneye and Mark Bates.
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 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.
Moors have been installed as narrow favourites for victory at odds of 29/20, while Southport are rated a 13/8 shot for three points and the draw is priced up at 12/5.