LOAN WATCH | Olly Makes His Southport Debut

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 26 Mar 2018

Wrexham First Team

Olly Marx at Southport: After last weeks postponement, Olly finally made his debut for Southport in the Vanarama National League North at Haig Avenue against visitors Alfreton Town on Saturday.

Southport were unbeaten in five matches coming in to the game against an Alfreton side who hadn't won in six outings. Manager Kevin Davies made a number of changes to the side and settled for a back three with Olly placed on the left hand side of the unit.

Southport are undergoing huge changes on and off the pitch with plans announced to redevelop their stadium prior to the match.

An effort is also underway to place the club as an integral part of the community under the banner of #OnePort branding. As part of this initiative the match against Alfreton was a family day with a healthy attendance of 1,614 (36 away).

Olly played well during the first half although his loan side found themselves surprisingly 0-2 down by half-time. Brandon Daniels' deep free-kick was headed home by Thomas Allen just two minutes in while Daniels whipped in a shot from 20-yards to extend the visitors lead in the 38th minute. 

Port boss Davies made a double change at half-time which saw his side revert back to a more familiar back four with Olly playing at left-back. 

Alfreton extended their lead through Nyal Bell in the 76th minute with a low volley past Port keeper Jon Worsnop. Bell latched on to a long ball over the top with the back four pushed up while Port were chasing the game somewhat.  

Southport did get one back through Jason Gilchrist in the 80th minute when the striker pounced on a loose ball folowing a cleared free-kick from just a few yards out. Port ended the game with 10-men as David Lynch was shown a straight red for a late challenge. 

Olly completed the full 90 minutes and his former Premier League and England star manager Davies said after the match: "Based on what we have seen in training we thought a back three was the way to go.

Adding: "Olly Marx has been fantastic since he's came and he deserved his chance."

Southport are back in action on Tuesday night having settled with York City on a date for the called off fixture. Then they'll travel to Darlington on Saturday.  

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