A heart stopping last minute winner for Southport FC secured all three points with a 2-1 victory over Gloucester City, writes Jack Read at Haig Avenue.
The visitors made a positive start, winning a free kick on the edge of the Southport penalty box inside the first minute. Seconds later they had a penalty shout from the free kick, but referee Oliver Noonan was not interested.
The game died down after that with neither side really showing any signs of scoring a goal.
Southport created their first chance when Mickey O’Neil tiptoed his way into the Gloucester penalty area but dragged his shot wide of the visitors’ goal. With tensions high, Yellow Cards were shown to Gloucester’s skipper Joe Hanks and the Southport’s Keenan Quansah.
A net damage to the net brought a temporary halt to proceedings. Both teams had their chances to break the deadlock before half time.
The hosts flew out of the blocks from the restart. Brad Holmes scored with a powerful header just 37 seconds.
The lead though was short lived. 7 minutes later a long range effort was spilled by Southport keeper Chris Renshaw, presenting Harry Williams with the easiest of tap ins. It was end to end stuff after that but the home supporters and players began to get frustrated with refereeing decisions.
A head injury to Elliot Durell cut short his afternoon.
As full time approached it was looking like the points would be shared. Harry Flowers had other ideas as he leapt the highest to meet skipper David Morgan’s corner to win the game for the yellows.