The JCP View: Southport (away)

Southport 1-4 Wrexham
Blue Square Premier League
6th November, 2012
Haigh Avenue

If ever a game could be described as the archetypal game of two halves then this was it.

Andy and Billy made a few changes from the Alfreton debacle, some forced, some astute football know how, the master stroke, starting with the highly influential Joe Clarke in midfield.

Over 500 reds made the short trip north to face the bracing sea breeze and were greeted to a first half display which saw us barely move out of first gear, with the ball spending far too much time catching the thermals and both Andy and Danny leaving their Teflon boots at home.

Our wake up call occurred just before half time with the defence playing musical statues, Tames gratefully accepted this free gift from our back four to stroke the ball home.

A few half chances was all we could muster in the first half, the best effort of course coming from a Joe Clarke burst and shot from midfield. The half time Bovril tasted a little bitter as a tough second half looked on the cards as nobody saw the avalanche that followed.

We started far brighter in the second half and had already started to dominate possession, with our midfield trio starting our tiki taka passing game, when the game changed with a second lunge by Poku, this time on Ashton, which brought the inevitable second yellow to cries of “bye bye, bye bye, bye bye” from the now very vocal away support.

The ensuing free-kick brought about the deserved equaliser with a precision strike from Jay Harris, beautifully set up by the main man Joe Clarke.

With over half an hour still on the clock it looked a long way back for the home side, especially as we found space all over the pitch, which we used to great effect, the only surprise being it took us until the 77th minute to edge ahead.

A fine cross by Keates totally bypassed all our strikers and was gracefully flicked into his own net by Grand, a decent finish. Just before the goal, to the increased cries from the reds behind the goal, Cheesy was introduced and proved how effective he can be against a tired defence, as with our tails now up and them fading fast it was just whether we could put away anymore chances.

Two more goals followed in the Last ten minutes, both from crosses into the box, finished off by young Rob Ogleby and Chris Westwood.

All in all a very good day at the office, no injuries reported, only one yellow and a few goals added to the plus column, and another master performance from a certain Joe Clarke.

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