I should really count to 10 before I begin writing (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – that’s better) otherwise there will be more expletives in this report than there was muttered on the terraces after the 4th goal went in.
Notts deserved everything they got (absolutely nothing) and I can say that Southport probably wouldn’t look out of place in division 3 on that showing, although Notts did help them look good.
Notts had chances before they finally went in front on 8 minutes through a strike by Danny Allsopp when a Stone cross couldn’t be cleared by the Port defence and it fell to Super Dan to fire home.
The Pies were quite comfortable at 1-0 although the Sandgrounder’s attacks were looking increasingly dangerous as they identified Stone as Notts’ weak link. Time after time they came down the right hand side and got a cross in.
Garden made some good saves to stop Southport equalising.
Then came one of the big talking points. Caskey made a strong challenge on a Port player who then retaliated.
Shortly after, Allsopp got his second of the game, which kicked off chants of "We’ve only got 10 men" from the Notts fans. After that it just went down hill very steeply!
Then just about on half time another error from Notts ‘Weakest Link’ gave Port the chance to pull one back – they took it. Steve Pickford put it in the net.
Well it was, just 15 minutes after the restart Southport were rewarded for their pressure.
Notts never got back in the game. We kept lumping the ball up for someone who we were hoping would be there on the end of it – but they weren’t.
16 minutes from the end, the Sandgrounders took a deserved lead when substitute Peter Thomson fired past Garden from 6 yards.
I for one won’t be stopping up until 1 am to watch Notts make a fool of them selves on NATIONAL TV. At least when the circus is looking for some new clowns, they’ll
Ah well, at least we can concentrate on the league – and we’ll need to if we keep playing like that every week.
Just one more (positive) thing before I go and throw myself off Trent Bridge; when Duncan Jupp came on for Danny Stone he looked like he could be a good signing, putting some nice attacking ball through for Allsopp.