First win for John

Southport manager John Coleman

Southport manager John Coleman

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Southport gained their first victory since November 2 when they beat Nuneaton Town 1-0 at home.

The victory – the first of new manager John Coleman’s reign – took them up to 19th in the Conference Premier table.

The visitors started the brightest but Danny Hurst was in good form and saved a fine effort from Louis Moult whilst a header at the other end by hard-working Richard Brodie only just failed to hit the net.

Nuneaton played with 10 men for the last 36 minutes after Gareth Dean was sent off but it was not until the 88th minute that the Sandgrounders made the breakthrough when Danny Hattersley converted Oseyamen Osawe’s headed cross.

In the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge dropped to fifth in the table as they suffered only their second defeat in 19 games on Saturday.

Neil Crowe’s men were narrowly beaten 1-0 by league leaders and overwhelming title favourites Curzon Ashton 1-0 at Irongate.

Luke Horrocks scored the all important goal in the 26th minute of the contest.

Lancaster City moved level on points with Brig thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Harrogate Railway Athletic at Giant Axe.

Tom Kilifin opened the scoring five minutes before the interval for the home side only for Nathan Cartman to equalise on the stroke of half-time.

Jordan Connerton hit City’s winner in the 58th minute.

Elsewhere, Kendal Town three away a three-goal advantage to settle for a point away at lowly Wakefield.

Warren Beattie (8) , William Bell (22) and Daniel Coid (48) had looked to have made the game safe for Kendal, but the home side hit back with three goals in the final 18 minutes.

Clitheroe suffered a drubbing at the hands of Darlington 1883 in the North East. The Blues were 3-0 down after 25 minutes and conceded a further three goals after the break.

Burscough were beaten 2-1 at home by Ossett Town.

James Eyles put the visitors in front inside the opening 10 minutes, but Michael Brown equalised for the Linnets immediately after the interval.

Town sealed all three points when Luke Sharry scored in the 65th minute.