RESULT | Dover Athletic 3-0 Southport

Southport suffered another crushing defeat which clarified Conference North football for next season.

Southport were relegated from the National League after a dismal trip to Dover saw the home side prevail 3-0 and Ricky Modeste net twice.

Andy Preece’s men were late to arrive due to traffic problems, and matters worsened for the Sandgrounders once they took to the Crabble Athletic Ground pitch.

Modeste put the hosts ahead on the half-hour, scoring on the rebound after Chris Cheetham had saved his initial effort.

Thirty-five goal man Ricky Miller was quiet until the last 20 minutes, but burst into life when he slammed home after getting on the end of a Moses Emmanuel chip.

Modeste notched another seconds later with a fine lob as Southport got that sinking feeling again.

Supporters have had there say on OTS News facebook following relegation.

Southport supporter Nicky Greene said: “It seems that Charlie clapham’s revolving door system for managers and players has finally failed him.”

Charles Sumner said: “Southport will never ever be a good side whilst the present people are in charge. It needs a complete clear out of management and players. The last good team the Port had was when Billy Bingham was manager. Mainly due to the contacts he had back in those days. The Port need someone like him. It’s easy for everyone to say the Port are shite, I have  said that for many years, but nothing new ever gets done. If there’s anyone out there with money to invest in the Port do it now. Money unfortunately runs football now, that’s at any level.”

Earlier this week Southport fans voted to walk out in protest over Charlie Clapham’s ownership of the club.

The yellows play Lincoln at home on April 29 and fans have voted to stage a walk out ten minutes before time in a protest bid to unhinge Clapham from his role as chairman.

They have decided that enough is enough and as the Port face certain relegation, a meeting of the Trust in Yellows in the town last night led to the fans calling for a full stadium walkout as the only way Clapham would sit up and take notice. A Spokesperson for Southport FC said: “The Southport Football Club Board are aware that there is a meeting of Trust in Yellow supporters who have extended an invitation to all supporters to discuss the season we are concluding in a little over two weeks. The Board are of course aware that we have endured a horrible season.

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