1 October 2016

Report: Southport 1-2 Bromley

  • Men's

Neil Smith’s side headed up to Southport on Saturday to face a side firmly in the relegation fight this season. The Sandgrounders have struggled to pick up wins this season only managing two since the start of the season, but have picked up 4 points over their last two fixtures beating North Ferriby United most recently.

Southport started on the front foot, Alan Julian was forced into an early save from Andrai Jones who would prove to be one of the standout performers for the home side. Tobi Sho-Silva had the first chance for the Ravens, he hit a powerful strike low and hard to the bottom left but Magnus Norman was equal to it.

Bromley then did something that they have fallen vain to so much this season, score an early goal. Adam Cunnington prodded home a header after a Joe Anderson cross to put Bromley one up just after 11 minutes. Southport were straight back at it though and Liam Nolan produced a fantastic strike but, with Alan Julian rooted to the spot, the post was there to deny the Southport midfielder.

Sho-Silva then went close on two occasions, the first being a header tipped onto the cross bar by Norman in the Southport goal. Then, after being one on one with the goalkeeper, Callum Howe produced a dramatic last ditch tackle to put the ball wide for a corner. Bromley doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Jordan Higgs headed home after a corner. There was still time left in the half for Alan Julian to save from point blank range but Bromley went in at Half-Time two goals up.

Southport were a changed side in the second half showing an increased intensity in their play. And the change helped as Jordan Lussey scored a wonder goal on 57 minutes. There was nothing Alan Julian could do on this occasion as he had to watch the ball fly into the top corner. Southport looked dangerous in the minutes after the goal but chances became hard to come by until Dave Martin struck the post after a mazy run through the midfield. The final few minutes turned into a scrappy affair with bookings being brandished to a number of players but Bromley ended the game as 2-1 winners. The Ravens now face Woking on Tuesday night at Hayes Lane.

Bromley XI: Julian, Howe, Johnson, Holland ©, Martin, Cunnington, Anderson, Higgs, Prestedge, Turgott, Sho-Silva

Subs: Minshull, Dymond, Goldberg, Ajakaiye, Stanic-Stewart

Southport XI: Norman, Higgins. O’Brien, Howe, Ashton, A. Jones, Nolan, Lussey, Caton, Allen, Gray

Subs: G. Jones, Weeks, Moseley, Cofie, White.