Southport host Ebbsfleet United on Saturday afternoon at the Haig Avenue with both sides hoping to widen the gap between them and the bottom five teams.

The Sandgrounders, 18th in the Blue Square Bet Premier standings with nine points, are just one position above the Fleet who have one point less, the latter on the same tally as Nuneaton Town in 20th spot.

Liam Daish’s men will, however, make the trip to Merseyside on a high having managed to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at Forest Green last Tuesday with a 3-1 win at home to Mansfield Town four days later.

The Yellows, though, were not so fortunate.

Coming from a goal down at strugglers Kidderminster last time out to take the score to 2-1, Liam Watson’s charges allowed the Harriers to sneak in at the death and salvage a share of the spoils.

In team news ahead this weekend’s clash, Southport’s Steve Akrigg and Chris Almond could feature for the hosts after the duo returned to training having being sidelined by shoulder and groin injuries respectively.

Alan Moogan will also be available for selection after serving a three-match suspension for his red card at Hyde FC on August 27.

Meanwhile, Daish expects Saturday’s encounter to be stern test to his side’s credentials, telling the News Shopper: “Southport had a great season last year and we’ll respect them.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we’ll go there after beating an in form Mansfield, so we can draw confidence from that and a bit of togetherness.”

The Fleet tactician is likely to field the same starting XI, with midfielder Ram Marwa having shown no ill-effects of his broken knee-cap against the Stags and should retain his place. (courtesy Blue Square Bet)

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