Southport take on Boston this afternoon in top of table clash

Southport will be looking to continue their winning run as they welcome Boston United to The Pure Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Last time out, Liam Watson’s side bagged a 0-3 victory over Blyth Spartans at Croft Park, with goals coming from George Newell, Dylan Vassallo and Marcus Carver.

With a 0-0 draw against Hereford and a 1-0 win over Chorley prior to that, The Port remain unbeaten in the Vanarama National League.

Opposition:

 Saturday’s opponents, Boston, have won two of their three league games so far this season.

They started the season with a comprehensive 0-4 away victory against Leamington, with four different scorers.

Jordan Thewlis and Scott Garner were both on the scoresheet in their second match, which was a much tighter affair, but the Pilgrims still came away 3-2 winners.

They dropped points for the first time this campaign on Tuesday night, as a late Guiseley equaliser cancelled Terry Hawkbridge’s goal.

The man in charge:

Craig Elliot has been in charge of The Pilgrims since 2017.

He was given the role after achieving three promotions in four seasons with Barnsley based club, Shaw Lane.

After retiring early from his playing career, he has also been in charge of Glasshoughton Welfare and Ossett Town.

Key Men:

The Pilgrims have plenty of players who can cause a threat to The Port defence, as shown with the eight goals they have netted already in the league this season.

Thewlis will be looking to add more goals to his tally, whilst new signing, Jordan Burrow, will be aiming to build on the goal he scored against Telford.

The former York forward was at the double on his last trip to Haig Avenue, as the Minstermen came away with a 0-2 victory back in January.

Previous Meetings:

Southport will be hoping to improve last season’s meetings with the Lincolnshire side.

The away trip to the Boston Community Stadium ended in a 2-0 defeat for Watson’s side.

Meanwhile, a Newell goal was nothing more than a consolation in a 1-3 loss in the reverse fixture at Haig Avenue.

Final Thoughts:

This will be the toughest test for Liam Watson’s side so far, with Boston looking very strong.

With no wins against them in the last three meetings, The Port will need to be at their best to change their fortunes.

Written by Amos Wynn

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