February 17, 2024


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After a truly woeful start to the season for Port, Jim Bentley was announced as their new manager the day after Chorley’s 0-2 victory at Haig Avenue on August 28. It has been another tough season for Southport, having finished eighteenth last season and currently sitting nineteenth as they make their way to Victory Park this afternoon. But could fortunes have turned for Jim Bentley’s side?

With Brackley Town leading the at Haig Avenue going into the closing minutes of the contest last weekend, not many Port fans could have foresaw the sequence of events that would see the game turn on its head and give them a much needed three points. Harry Flowers got the home side on the way with a headed goal from a corner before Josh Hmami gave them the lead with the smallest of touches from a cross out wide. It was the icing on the cake – coming in added time – which was most welcome: a timely return for Jordan Archer after a period of absence and a goal to mark it.

For Chorley, there wasn’t long to dwell on their FA Trophy exit to Solihull Moors with the visit of Spennymoor Town on the Tuesday evening. A slow first half saw Chorley fall behind before rescuing the three points in a battling second period. Despite the two clubs respective positions, the Magpies will expect a game full of intrigue today, with a touch of added spice. Beyond the football, this afternoon is about so much more than the ninety minutes as we come together to support Jack and Hannah Sampson.


Southport’s playing record for 2022/23 in the National League North was:

18th. Played: 46. Won: 13. Draw: 11. Loss: 22. Goals For: 50. Goals Against: 62. Points: 50.


Head 2 Head:

Saturday 04th February 2023 – Chorley 1-2 Southport

Monday 28th August 2023 – Southport 0-2 Chorley



Matty Thomson – 23 years old, right back. Previously of Bamber Bridge.

Chris Renshaw – 25 years old, goalkeeper. Signed from Curzon Ashton. The Nash's Player's Player and Supporters' Player of the Year.

Harry Flowers – 27 years old, central defender. Signed for an undisclosed fee from AFC Telford United.

Marcus Carver – 29 years old, striker. Signed on a season long loan from Scunthorpe United.

Finlay Heath – 22 years old, defender. Spent time with the Sandgrounders on loan last season from AFC Liverpool.

Sam Billington – 21 years old, attacking midfielder. Joins from Witton Albion.

Luke Burgess – 24 years old, midfielder. Previously with Oldham Athletic.

Danny Philliskirk – 32 years old, midfielder. On loan from AFC Fylde.

Will Russ – 21 years old, forward. Previously with Fleetwood Town.

Richie Bennett – 32 years old, forward. On loan from Scunthorpe United.

Danny Lloyd– 32 years old, midfielder. Recently with Livingston.

Ben Hockenhull – 22 years old, defender. On loan from Tranmere Rovers, previously on loan at the Magpies this season as well as a spell at Spennymoor Town.

Stats and information compiled by Martin Ramsbotham are correct at the time of publishing.

Trust Matchday Information:

We are looking forward to welcoming the fans of Southport, and we hope they have a pleasant trip to Victory Park.

We have a comprehensive matchday Visitor Guide which can be consulted here.

At our matchday headquarters we sell:

  • Trust Membership - It's just £10 per year, or you can purchase online.
  • 50/50 tickets - These can also be purchased online here.
  • Golden Goal – Today’s Golden Goal sponsor is: The Black Horse, Chorley.
  • Pin Badges – Also available online here.

Visit our online store to see what else we can offer.

We’d like to express our gratitude to The Black Horse, Chorley, for sponsoring today’s Golden Goal draw. If you enjoy your match day experience, tell your friends and bring them next time. If you don’t, tell us and we will do our best to make sure your next visit is what you would have expected the first time.  

Part of our role is to ensure the supporters are happy around Chorley Football Club and Victory Park.

Enjoy the game.

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