First & Last: Southport

A look back at the history between Harriers and Southport…

Southport v Harriers in September 2017. (c) Julia Urwin

HARRIERS have arguably locked horns with no foe as regularly as Southport in the last 30 or so years.

The Sangrounders and the Reds have met 35 times since a first meeting in 1986, a date on which Kim Casey’s penalty helped secure the Reds a point at Haig Avenue in the FA Trophy.

That set up a replay which took place back here at Aggborough, and the home side were far more emphatic on that occasion – Casey’s hat-trick and a brace from Paul Davies helping them on their way to a 6-1 success.

A first league meeting was nine years in coming after that, a Conference clash that again ended all-square at 1-1 with Davies on target.

The fixture would then become a regular one in the 1990s until Harriers achieved promotion to the Football League, the Aggborough meeting in that season ending in an emphatic win 19 years ago when a Mark Druce hat-trick contributed to a 5-1 romp.

After the foray in the EFL came to an end five years later, these two rivals were reunited early in the 2005/06 Conference season that saw Wayne Hatswell’s header earn Harriers a share of the spoils at Aggborough.

The Reds have far from had it all their own way – Southport won 4-3 at Aggborough nine years ago, while the Sangrounders won three straight meetings, all by a 1-0 scoreline, over the course of 2014 and 2015.

The most recent meeting between the two saw Fraser Horsfall among the goals in a 3-0 victory in front of 1,968 at Aggborough back in January 2018.

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