SOUTHPORT F.C. VS ASHTON UNITED
DATE: SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018
VENUE: Haig Avenue, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 6JZ
Ashton suffered a disappointing 5-1 loss at the weekend against visitors Brackley Town. Craig Hobson scored his first goal of his Ashton career and the only goal for the Robins in the dying minutes of the game. Jody Banim and the team will be hoping to bounce back with a more positive result at the weekend, as they are on the road to 20th placed Southport F.C.
Southport come into the game on the back of their first win of the season, a 4-1 victory over Nuneaton Town. Both Jack Sampson and Dion Charles scored braces for the Yellows in their bid to put their poor start to the season behind them, meaning the Robins will have to be at their best to bounce back against this driven team.
ONE TO WATCH:
This week, the one to watch for Southport is forward Jack Sampson. Sampson scored 2 goals against Nuneaton last weekend and will be hoping to carry his form into the game on Saturday against the Robins.
Sampson began his senior career with Bolton and has also played for teams like Morecambe, Southend United, Accrington Stanley, Macclesfield Town and current National League North league leaders Chorley, where he scored 6 goals on loan in the 2016/17 season, before moving permanently to Southport in 2017.
One of Sampson’s biggest achievements will undoubtably be his call up to the England under 19s in 2011. The Robins will have to be wary of the 25-year-old forward’s ability on Saturday.
LAST TIME WE MET:
On Saturday, it will be just over 14 years since Ashton last played Southport, with the previous meeting being on the 24th August 2004. The Robins came out victorious in the match winning 2-1, Josh Mitten scoring the first goal early in the first half and Paul Garvey scoring the second. Southport’s only goal was an own goal from Ashton’s Colin Alcide on the 55th minute.
However, the result came in a season to forget for Ashton United, as this was one of only 8 wins and the Robins were relegated at the end of the season. For Southport on the other hand, this loss was only a blip and they quickly returned to form and went on to win the title and promotion with 84 points.
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Updated 13:44 - 23 Aug 2018 by George Clayton
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