After finally ending a run of ten league games without a win against Boreham Wood, Southport must build on the long awaited three points if they are to breathe new life into their season.

Whilst results on Tuesday did not go the Sandgrounders’ way they are just about still alive in the National League, however defeat on Saturday would surely extinguish any remaining hopes.

The table looks bleak, but heart can be taken from last week’s victory. Goalkeeper Craig King made a couple of outstanding saves, but that is not to say that he was kept too busy by a Boreham Wood attack that had registered five goals at home to play off hopefuls Dover eleven days earlier

Credit must therefore be given to a defence bolstered by the returning Jack Higgins, whilst Ryan Higgins and Euan Murray were also impressive.

In attack Louis Almond caused problems alongside Richard Brodie who, despite being short of match fitness, put in a typically industrious performance upon his return to the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

It remains to be seen whether Almond will be available for Saturday as his loan ran out after last week’s game – he did make a Liverpool County Cup appearance on Tuesday against Litherland which indicates an agreement may have been reached to extend his stay.

Guiseley enjoyed a strong spell between the end of February and the start of March which saw them peel away from the relegation zone by picking up unexpected wins against Dagenham & Redbridge, Barrow and Aldershot, as well as a crucial win against fellow strugglers Torquay. They find themselves five points clear of the bottom four, favourably placed to maintain their National League status.

By Christy Byrne

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