On a pleasant autumn evening, Harriers made their way to Merseyside and the Merseyrail Community Stadium for this Vanarama Conference head to head. Whilst the crowd was paltry (a mere 700 or so) the turf was pristine by comparison.
Gary Whild made a notable change in leaving Nathan Blissett on the bench in favour of Reece Styche who hadn't featured in many starting line ups so far this season. Much to everyone's surprise there was no sign of Michael Gash who seems to be getting a bit of a raw deal from the Harriers management team in the 2014/2015 campaign. Was there a bust up or was it simply as Matt Wall put it 'Harriers have a very strong squad'? In any event it seemed strange that he didn't even travel to Southport with the team.
The game started well for the boys in all red. After just a few seconds Craig Reid had a great chance to open the scoring. A tremendous cross from Marvin Johnson found Reid inside the area and it needed a great save from Daniel Lloyd-Weston to keep the goal-ward header away from its target!
A couple of minutes later the Southport stopper again had to keep out a fierce strike. This time it came from Reece Styche. The Carpetmen kept up the assault on the Sandgrounders' goal with a great curled effort from Reid on ten minutes which was well blocked by the Southport defence on the goal line.
After that point the home team got more and more into the game. On fourteen minutes the infamous Richard Brodie drove a shot just wide of Danny Lewis' upright - the Harriers' keeper otherwise soundly beaten. Then followed wave after wave of attack on the Harriers goal - Southport winning numerous successive corners.
The deserved goal finally came on twenty five minutes when, following a corner with it bouncing around on the Harriers goal line, the ball was finally bundled into the visitors net. 1-0 Southport.
Harriers had a couple of decent chances towards the end of the first half with headers coming in from Reid and Styche but Southport hung on for what was clearly a deserved half time lead.