Recap | Southport 2 Chorley 1

July 31, 2023
Recap | Southport 2 Chorley 1
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Pete Tscherewik (words) & Stefan Willoughby (pics) at Haig Avenue

THE Magpies went down to two second half Jordan Archer goals as Southport took the points at Haig Avenue.

Chorley started the better of the two sides but had Scott Wilson to thank as he did well to clear Marcus Carver’s shot off the line during the early exchanges.

The Magpies’ pressure on the Port goal was eventually rewarded on 28 minutes when Jon Ustabaşı curled home a delicious strike past Tony McMillan from 25 yards.

Will Tomlinson forced a strong save out of McMillan and Mike Calveley had a header cleared off the line as the visitors exerted more pressure ahead of the interval, but it was Southport who came out firing after the restart.

A number of Josh Hmami set plays were dangerous without hitting the mark, before substitute Jordan Archer connected with a corner, heading home to level the scores with 17 minutes remaining.

The momentum remained with the hosts after the equaliser and Liam Watson’s side took full advantage with 10 minutes to go – Niall Watson’s cross headed home again by Archer, turning the game on it’s head.

There was still time for Calveley to work McMillan in the closing stages, but it just wasn’t to be for Andy Preece’s men.

Southport McMillan; C.Doyle (c) (J.Doyle, 70′), Evans, Munro (Archer, 61′), Carver, Walton (Anson, 46′), Quansah, Hmami, Watson, Bainbirdge, Carberry. Subs not used: Mason, Oliver.

Chorley Urwin; Henley (Nolan, 46′), Smith, Wilson, Whitehouse (Johnson, 77′), Calveley, Sampson, Tomlinson, Ustabaşı, Blakeman, Hall (Okome, 68′). Subs not used: Shenton, Owens.

We deserved something from the game and we’ve only ourselves to blame that we didn’t get at least a point  Andy Preece

HT 0-1

Goals (assists) Archer 73′ (Hmami), Archer 80′ (Watson) | Ustabaşı 28′ (Blakeman)

Cautions Munro 56′ | Urwin 65′

Dismissals None | None

Crowd 1,390 (269 away)

Officials Ben Wyatt | Jonathan Chadwick & Simon Robinson

Next Up

Back home for Vanarama National League North – Match Day 17 – Spennymoor Town the visitors on Tuesday evening (7:45pm). Tickets available online here or on the day – £15 Adults | £12 65+/Concessions | £7 17-20s | £5 12-16s | FREE accompanied u12s

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