Rovers can keep up their promotion push at Haig Avenue.
Southport is famous for its pier, beach and botanical gardens, and as a home of the Open at nearby Royal Birkdale. Perhaps not as well known is the British Lawnmower Museum or Haig Avenue, home of Southport FC. But the Sandgrounders did once win the old Fourth Division and, after financial problems, have re-established themselves back in the Conference National, though have skirted with relegation twice since winning the Conference North in 2010.
John Coleman is currently the man in the hot seat, taking over from Alan Wright in December. The former Accrington Stanley manager has been unable to instill any consistency in his team’s performances, however, though they have won three of their last five to put a bit of daylight between themselves and the bottom four.
They were good value for a point at high-flying Kidderminster last Saturday and are much better at home as a rule which suggests they could be a trifle over-priced to beat Forest Green Rovers at 23/10, though won’t be able to play striker Jason Walker against his parent club.
Rovers are one of the non-league success stories and are usually involved in the play-off picture, though are still striving to get over the finishing line. That is the case again this season but the Green Army generally bases its foundation on a sound record at the New Lawn and they’ve already lost nine times on the road this term, despite having two of the most experienced strikers in the league. Luke Rodgers scored 65 goals in 176 appearances for Shrewsbury Town and compliments veteran Lee Hughes.
Rovers are among a host of clubs chasing a top five spot and there are usually goals involved in their games. But Southport have developed a bit of a backbone lately and it might not be as easy for the visitors as the odds suggest. However, an away win has to be the call at 21/20. Adrian Pennock’s side were held by Welling last week but dominated possession and had won three of their previous four. These are the games they have to win if they are to keep up their promotion push and they are 29/10 to win by a one-goal margin.
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Kick off is at 7.45pm tonight, it should be a cracker from Haig Avenue.