Report from the Merseyrail Community Stadium
Attendance 514 including 164 visiting supporters
August 2014 nd Saturday 2
At The Merseyrail Community Stadium
Southport v Port Vale
The home side started well, knocking the ball about confidently and matching Vale in every department, with the visitors struggling to make their mark on the game.
It wasn’t too surprising when the home side edged in front after 13 minutes when Richard Brodie was on hand to apply the finishing touches to a low left wing cross from close range.
minute when Steve Jennings threaded a perfect through ball for Louis Dodds to latch on to.thVale’s first shot on goal came in the 20
Dodds cut inside and attempted to put the ball beyond the reach of former Vale goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd Weston, but the Southport stopper got down well to make the save, palming the ball away.
header. Winger Mark Marshall did the spadework, beating his man before chipping into the box for Pope.stLloyd Weston did well again to keep out Tom Pope’s 31
The home side extended their lead six minutes into the second half when Paul Rutherford was brought down in the box by Adam Yates.
The resulting spot kick was blasted beyond the reach of Neal by Steve Brogan and although the Vale ‘keeper went the right way, he had no chance of getting a hand to the ball.
minute, bringing on Ben Williamson, Colin Daniel, Chris Birchall, Carl Dickinson, Michael O’Connor, Ryan Lloyd and Chris Robertson coming off the bench. Micky Adams made wholesale changes in the
Adam Yates, Ryan McGivern, Louis Dodds, Tom Pope, Steve Jennings, Richard Duffy and Michael Brown were the ones to make way.
Within a minute, Vale fell further behind when a Southport free kick was headed home from six yards by Southport defender Luke Foster.
Four minutes later Foster turned a right wing cross from Chris Birchall into his own goal to make the scoreline a little more respectable from a Vale perspective.
A further four minutes on and Vale got their second, when the ball bobbled around inside the penalty area before falling to the feet on Ben Williamson, fired home confidently.
Without trying to take anything away from the players who had gone off, Vale were looking more of a threat since the substitutions.
However, the home side added a fourth goal in stoppage time when a speculative 25 yard effort from substitute Charlie Joyce
Beat Chris Neal.
SOUTHPORT: Joe Connor, Matty Challoner, Jonny Lynch, Danny Hattersley, Paul Smith, Chris Lynch, Charlie Joyce, Danny WhitehallSUBS: Daniel Lloyd-Weston, Andy Mitchell, Daminic Collins, Luke Foster, David Fitzpatrick, Paul Rutherford, Luke George, Scott Kay, John Marsden, Richard Brodie, Steve Brogan.
PORT VALE: Sam Johnson, Carl Dickinson, Chris Robertson, Chris Birchall, Ben Williamson, Michael O’Connor, Ryan Lloyd, Nathan Smith, Ryan Boot, Colin DanielSUBS:Chris Neal, Frederic Veseli, Richard Duffy, Ryan McGivern, Adam Yates, Steven Jennings, Michael Brown, Chris Lines, Louis Dodds, Mark Marshall, Tom Pope.
Southport: Brodie, 13. Brogan, 51 (pen). Foster, 60. Joyce, 90.
Vale: Foster o.g., 64. Williamson, 68.
Hit the woodwork