Southport were defeated 1-0 by Forest Green Rovers in their opening Conference Premier game of the season.
With strong financial backing, Rovers are the bookies’ favourites to top the table at the end of the season and certainly The Sandgrounders were no match for a team that looked at least a league above them in class.
The game itself, played on a dry pitch, was scrappy and the result was decided by a 47th-minute Lee Hughes header from a David Pipe cross.
Port never really got in the game, being out-muscled and crowded out by their opponents, and their only real shot at goal came in added time when Dom Collins effort was saved by Sam Russell
With a game on Tuesday at Halifax Town followed by a long trek to newly relegated Torquay United on Saturday, it is a difficult start to the season for Martin Foyle’s men.
But the team spirit is good and the return of the injured Richard Brodie and Micah Evans could help kick-start their season.