Southport FC VS York City: Will Southport’s FA Cup victory inspire a turnaround in the National League North

Southport will be hoping to make it third time lucky for a victory against York City

It has been a difficult start to the season for Southport, sitting in 21st spot of the Vanarama National League North just one place and a point above bottom side FC United of Manchester.

Southport have only recorded one victory so far in the league this season, a blitzing performance saw them run away 4-1 winners away to Nuneaton Borough in August. However, since then then Liam Watson’s side have only taken four points.

Visitors

York City on the other hand are having a comfortable season so far and are on a good run of form unbeaten in the previous four matches with two of those being four points picked up in the league and progression to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

York City also go into this game on the back of a FA Cup victory as they comfortably eased past Saint Ives Town 3-0 with goals from Jake Wright and two from Jordan Burrow.

As far as their league form goes their previous two games have seen them draw to lowly Nuneaton Town and overcome Guiseley in a thrilling 4-2 victory.

The ministermen will be hoping that journeyman and former Fleetwood and Preston striker Jon Parkin will be able to add to his three goals currently scored in the league this season.

However it has been busy and turbulent times off the field for the Yorkshire side as their first team boss Martin Gray departed the club just five games into the season prompting the promotion of youth team coach Sam Collins who was originally promoted as caretaker boss, however in the past 24 hours was appointed as first team manger.

Last time out

Southport were frustrated by York City in both games last season. The first meeting at home for the Sandgrounders ended in a 1-1 draw.

In the reverse fixture at Bootham Crescent they were edged out by a resilient York City side 3-2.

Southport will hope to be on the winning side this time but will need to take their FA Cup momentum with them if they are to push themselves away from the rear of the table.