A wonder goal from the in-form Marcus Carver just minutes after he had missed a penalty was the difference between Chorley and Southport as the Yellows progressed in the Emirates FA Cup last night.
The 1-0 win over Chorley earns Southport an away trip to Spennymoor.
A scrappy start to the game burst into life when Jordan Archer was bundled over in the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick. Marcus Carver stepped up but his penalty was well saved by Urwin in the Chorley goal.
That disappointment didn’t last long as Carver with his back to goal despatched a spectacular overhead kick beyond Urwin to send the ground into raptures. Some were suggesting we cancel the goal of the season already but we hope for more like that to come.
One fan described Carver’s effort as “goal of the decade”.
Southport created a few chances to extend the lead but it was Chorley who came closest to scoring when Adam Blakeman hit an excellent free kick against the bar. Blakeman trying to emulate Carver and score against his former club.
Chorley came out with all guns blazing in the second half and put the Southport defence under severe pressure but they stood firm and withstood all that was thrown at them.
Southport had several chances to increase the lead with Archer, Vassallo and substitute Woods all going close to extending the lead whilst at the other end Cameron Mason showed us again what a great ‘keeper he is with one stunning save from a close-range header.
Southport are in action again on Saturday when Chorley return to The Pure Stadium for a league fixture with a 3pm Kick Off.