Southport 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 4th January 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Danny Hattersley’s goal two minutes from time was enough to sink ten-man Boro.
The visitors had skipper Gareth Dean sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half – their first red card of the season.
Despite their lowly league position, the home side were intent on getting the ball down, with Jamie Milligan at the heart of most of their forays forward, and Boro were almost undone when Richard Brodie headed just over.
But the visitors were moving it around even better and looked the more likely.
In the 16th minute David Hibbert slipped as he tried to bring down a ball from Louis Moult and the ball was scrambled for a corner.
James Armson took it and Dean had two bites of the cherry before the ball was gratefully grabbed by keeper Danny Hurst.
Still the chances came.
Moult fired straight at Hurst, then Adam Walker, ghosting in at the far post, steered his shot off target from Theo Streete’s cross.
Kelle Roos had to come to Boro’s rescue, tipping over a powerful Brodie header from Milligan’s ball into the area.
Southport threatened again when Brodie pounced as Delroy Gordon was unable to clear, but his shot from a narrow angle was deflected for a corner by Streete, when he really should have done better.
Boro’s task, though, became harder early in the second period when skipper Dean collected a yellow card for ending a Southport break with a foul on Hattersley and then, four minutes later in the 55th minute, picked up another and subsequently a red for a foul just outside the box.
Brodie tested Roos with a low shot as the hosts tried to take advantage of the situation.
Boro were forced to sacrifice Hibbert, bringing on Gavin Cowan for his first game since October and he almost made an instant impact, heading wide from Walker’s cross.
Despite their man advantage, Southport were far from on top, although Steve Akrigg headed over from another Milligan ball into the box and substitute Steven Tames shot wide.
Brodie curled a late free-kick over the wall and straight at Roos.
Then, two minutes from time, substitute Osayamen Osawe found Hattersley at the far post who added the finishing touch from barely a yard.
Andy Brown hit a shot straight at Hurst on the turn from a Danny Sleath cross as Boro looked for a way back, but it was not to be.