Having twice let slip a two-goal lead in the space of the past week, Southport travel to Guiseley on Tuesday looking to pick up an elusive win.

Despite a recent run of improved performances, the Sandgrounders still only have a single victory to their name after being forced to settle for a point against Tranmere Rovers and Halifax Town, even though both matches had promised more.

While most would agree that a draw against Tranmere was the correct result at the end of a riveting 90 minutes, Paul Carden’s side left the Shay on Saturday kicking themselves after registering a performance which would have deserved maximum points.

But despite their recent frustrations, the Sandgrounders will take heart from the overall quality of their recent displays, plus the fact that they now seem to have found a regular route to goal, having struggled for creativity in their opening matches.

Tuesday’s opponents, Guiseley, sit seven points above Southport in 15th position in their first season in the Vanarama National League after earning promotion through the play-offs last campaign.

All three of their wins so far have come at their Nethermoor home – a ground which the Sandgrounders have never before visited.

Guiseley’s visit to Dover Athletic on Saturday ended goalless and they have proved themselves to be one of the division’s draw specialists, also sharing eight goals at home to Woking last week.

Carden has confirmed that Dutch striker Alfons Fosu-Mensah is no longer part of his plans having not featured for Southport since pre-season. Mike Phenix, a scorer against Tranmere, serves the first part of a three-match ban on Tuesday following his dismissal at the weekend, while captain Luke Foster remains suspended.


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