"Bucks seeking third home win in a row"
Match Date : February 8th, 2022 7:45 pm
Competition : National League North
Ground : New Bucks Head
Kick Off : 19:45
The Bucks entertain promotion-chasing Southport at the New Bucks Head this Tuesday evening.
Southport are of course led by the Bucks’ former title-winning boss, Liam Watson. Watson, who also won the Conference North title with Port in 2005 and 2010, returned to Haig Avenue for third spell as permanent manager in May 2018, and after three seasons of mid-table finishes the Yellows are now showing significant improvements under Watson’s leadership.
Port had found themselves bottom of the league after six games, picking up just three points in that time. Since then, however, the Sandgrounders’ form has been nothing short of spectacular. Although they’ve fallen to back-to-back defeats in their last two outings, the Merseyside club had previously not lost at all since they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Altrincham on 16 October – a run of 14 matches during which they won 11 times and kept eight clean sheets. The Yellows currently sit well-place in 6th with a game in hand on many of their promotion rivals.
Another former title-winning Buck, Russell Benjamin, skippers the Sandgrounders, while former Telford loanee Douglas Tharme also features. 17-goal top scorer Marcus Carver left for Hartlepool in January, but the Bucks will have to keep the close eye on Jordan Archer, who has 15 goals in all competitions.
The Bucks are unbeaten in four against Southport and are unbeaten against the Yellows in the last four fixtures at the New Bucks Head too – a run stretching back to 2013. And after back-to-back wins at the New Bucks Head, Bucks boss, Paul Carden, who knows Liam Watson well, will want to keep that run going on Tuesday.
Tickets for Tuesday’s fixture will remain on sale up until kick-off and are available for purchase online here.
Last match: Curzon Ashton 0-0 AFC Telford United
Top scorer: Jason Oswell (7)
Last match: Chester 5-0 Southport
Top scorer: Jordan Archer (15)