On Saturday 14th placed Southport hosted FC United of Manchester, who currently sit second from bottom, at Haig Avenue in a North West derby. The reds sit in 21st and are currently 7 points adrift of safety. After last weekend’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Guiseley, Neil Reynolds was hoping that the strong team performance they showed against The Lions in a match that, at one point they were trailing 3-1 would reflect in Merseyside and hopefully grab an overdue 3 points.
The men in red showed a strong defensive performance throughout the match which gave them only their fourth league clean sheet of the season. Stand out performances from the defensive back three and loanee keeper Andy Fisher from Blackburn Rovers, were all pivotal in ensuring United could use this in an attempt to kick on in the remaining ten matches left of the 2018/19 season – which could save the reds from their first ever relegation in their short footballing history.
Reynolds will be hoping his strike force can be more clinical in front of goal in the remaining fixtures and, the key to this will be better decision making in the final third with better execution of the final ball. In his post-match interview on Saturday with FCUM Radio, Reynolds stated he firmly believes that the Red Rebels will be able to avoid the drop.
Although The Reds are on a bad run and could be facing relegation, their loyal fan base once again turned out in their numbers as 541 of the 1665 fans at Haig Avenue were cheering on the men from Broadhurst Park. The home and away support could be crucial in keeping FC in the National League North for another season, as the 12th man could have an important impact on the reds upcoming performances.