Port boss Burr admits failings as Southport FC Continue to Struggle.

Despite having only taken over at Haig Avenue a little over a month ago, manager Steve Burr has already seen a number of things that have contributed to his new team sitting rock bottom of the Vanarama National League. The Sandgrounders have the worst goal-scoring record in the division, and a recent away defeat at Guiseley meant that they are now three points from safety. Although events on the field are perhaps seen as the priority for Southport supporters, Burr has set about rejuvenating his back room set-up, with former Stalybridge manager Keith Briggs taking over from the recently departed Mark Creighton. With just nine points from their opening fifteen matches, including ten defeats, the duo certainly have their work cut out as they bid to inject some confidence into the Southport squad.

Briggs himself is no stranger to Burr having been his former captain at Stalybridge Celtic and Kidderminster Harriers, and having already got underway in his new role throughout this week, will be hoping to get things off to a winning start this weekend against Chester in their FA Cup Qualifying clash. With the North-West based club sitting in mid-table following seven wins from their opening set of fixtures, it is little surprise that bookmakers Betway have the away side as favourites in their football betting market. However, for those of you looking to back Southport to progress to the next stage, odds of 3/1 certainly look favourable.

Meanwhile, when the two sides face-off against each other on Saturday, it will not only be Burr who has had a foot in both camps. Chester FC Captain Luke George signed for the cub from Southport when Burr was still in charge at the Deva Stadium, and will hoping to get one over on his old boss this weekend. George spent just under two years at Haig Avenue, and has promised that his new team will go all out for the win on Saturday.

While Southport have been recovering from their poor start under Andy Bishop, Chester have won five of their last seven games, failing to concede a single goal in the process. If that does not tell you the mountain in front of the Southport players, nothing will. Betway offer Chester as the 11/10 favourites, with a draw at 12/5 in the football betting odds, although it is unlikely that either manager will want a further fixture added to their already congested list.


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