Report: Warrington Town 0-3 Southport

Southport gained revenge for their opening day defeat at home to Warrington Town with a 3-0 win at Cantilever Park.

The Yellows had opened up their debut season in the National League North with a 4-0 win in the reverse fixture, but it was a different story on Tuesday night as goals from Richie Bennett, Marcus Carver and Adam Anson earned the visitors a deserved three points.

Bennett brought down a long ball from Jack Doyle and slotted home to open the scoring after 12 minutes.

In-form Isaac Buckley-Ricketts had a chance immediately to equalise against his former club, Chris Renshaw doing enough to put him off, and later Matty McDonald drilled over the bar.

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Six minutes before half time Southport scored a clinical second, Carver spinning away from Hannigan and bearing down on goal and then clipping the ball over Dan Atherton.

That gave Warrington a bit of a mountain that they never looked like climbing.

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The closest they came was when Josh Amis, on as a substitute, headed down at the far post and a combination of Renshaw and the post kept the ball out, Renshaw staying down for treatment to a cut head sustained against the post.

From the corner, Renshaw shovelled away a header from Peter Clarke but moments later, the game was dead and buried as Southport netted a third.

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Josh Hmami’s corner wasn’t dealt with and Adam Anson, an earlier substitution for injured captain David Morgan, scrambled the ball home at the back post for 3-0.

Even nine minutes injury time following a succession of knocks wasn’t anywhere near enough for the Yellows, who have a Saturday off this weekend ahead of next Tuesday’s trip to Farsley Celtic.

Warrington Town: Atherton, Hannigan, Harris (Gumbs), Woods, Williams, McDonald, Pasiek (Walker), Buckley-Ricketts, Wisdom, Grivosti (Amis), Clarke. Unused subs: Goudie, Brooks.

Southport: Renshaw, Thomson, Doyle, Morgan (Anson), Carver, Quansah, Hmami, Arthur, Hockenhull, Philiskirk, Bennett (Russ). Unused subs: Flowers, Archer, McMillan.

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