Alan Wright's managerial reign at Southport began with an impressive 1-0 victory against much-fancied Luton.

Midfielder Jamie Milligan, playing his first game for Southport, netted a 25-yard free-kick to seal the win.

The Sandgrounders were also indebted to goalkeeper and fellow debutant Danny Hurst, who kept out Shaun Whalley's penalty in the closing stages.

It compounded Luton's misery after Steve McNulty saw red for violent conduct just before the hour.

Earlier, Danny Hattersley and Matty Challoner almost doubled Southport's lead but Luton keeper Mark Tyler produced excellent saves to deny the pair.

And when Luke George fouled Andre Gray in the box, 10-man Luton were unable to capitalise as Hurst spectacularly prevented a Hatters equaliser.

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Southport manager Alan Wright told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I've been seen saying to the players all week that they had to believe they could beat Luton.

"To be fair, they've taken everything on board that we've been doing in pre-season and they put it into practice today.

"In the end, I think we came out worthy winners and it could have been by more.

"There were some fantastic individual performances, and as a team collectively we were fantastic."

Luton Town manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Post-match: Luton boss Still

"We were beaten and we deserved to be beaten, so I've got no issues with that. We didn't produce the sort of form I think we're capable of.

"[Southport's goal] was unfortunate for us. Having said that, I don't think we did enough to win the game. Did we do enough to get something from it? If the penalty goes in, we might look back and 'go 10 men, we've battled on, we've fought well' but we didn't.

On Steve McNulty's red card:

"He has a responsibility, not just because he was captain today but he has a responsibility as a person. We weren't playing great, and we wanted to get back into the game, and I felt he let his team-mates down."

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Conference Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Southport 1-0 Luton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Milligan 22

    Southport

    • 01 Hurst
    • 05 Flynn
    • 12 Matthew Challoner
    • 20 Fitzpatrick
    • 06 Brown
    • 07 Chalmers (Ledsham 81)
    • 08 Milligan
    • 14 Rutherford (Osawe 88)
    • 18 George yellow card
    • 11 Almond
    • 15 Hattersley (Tames 84)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Stevenson,
    • 04 Akrigg,
    • 10 Ledsham,
    • 09 Tames,
    • 21 Osawe

    Luton

    • 01 Tyler
    • 05 McNulty red card
    • 11 Howells (Gray 46)
    • 12 Griffiths
    • 30 Lacey
    • 04 Smith
    • 08 Taiwo yellow card (Parry 71)
    • 18 Martin (Charles 58)
    • 21 Guttridge
    • 22 Whalley
    • 13 Cullen

    Substitutes

    • 16 Elliot Justham,
    • 06 Charles,
    • 14 Parry,
    • 23 Robinson,
    • 27 Gray
    Ref: KavanaghAtt: 2,210
    SOUTHPORT
    LUTON

    Possession

    • Southport 51%
    • Luton 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Southport 6
    • Luton 1

    Attempts off target

    • Southport 7
    • Luton 4

    Corners

    • Southport 4
    • Luton 9

    Fouls

    • Southport 12
    • Luton 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:10 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:44 Corner from the right by-line taken by Shaun Whalley. Header at goal by Alex Lacey goes right of the post.
    • 90:00+3:16 A cross is delivered by Luke Guttridge. Danny Hurst safely holds on.
    • 90:00+2:44 Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the right by-line. Danny Hurst punches the ball.
    • 90:00+0:23 Steven Tames takes a shot. Mark Tyler parries the effort to safety.
    • 89:55 Karl Ledsham has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 89:30 Anthony Charles takes a shot. Danny Hurst safely holds on.
    • 88:21 Shaun Whalley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Danny Hurst.
    • 87:28 Substitution Osayamen Osawe on for Paul Rutherford.
    • 86:54 Karl Ledsham is caught offside. Mark Tyler restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:41 Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.
    • 83:41 Substitution Steven Tames replaces Danny Hattersley.
    • 83:41 The assistant referee flags for offside against Karl Ledsham.
    • 82:33 Centre by Chris Almond. Alex Lacey manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Jamie Milligan. Mark Cullen manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Charles on Paul Rutherford. Jamie Milligan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:13 Substitution Aaron Chalmers leaves the field to be replaced by Karl Ledsham.
    • 79:52 The ball is crossed by Luke Guttridge. Danny Hurst gets a fist to the ball to punch .
    • 79:27 Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the right by-line. Jamie Milligan makes a clearance.
    • 76:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Flynn by Andre Gray. Matt Flynn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:09 Short corner worked by Luke Guttridge. Danny Hurst safely holds on.
    • 76:01 Power penalty taken by Shaun Whalley saved by Danny Hurst. Southport 1-0 Luton.
    • 75:11 Booking
    • 74:52 Andre Gray fouled by Luke George, the ref awards a Penalty. Booking for Luke George.
    • 74:32 Scott Brown takes a shot. Mark Tyler safely holds on.
    • 73:36 Andre Gray takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
    • 72:39 Chris Almond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith. Free kick taken by Luke Guttridge.
    • 71:57 The ball is crossed by Shaun Whalley. Clearance by Matt Flynn.
    • 70:59 Substitution Andy Parry is brought on as a substitute for Solomon Taiwo.
    • 69:54 A cross is delivered by Shaun Whalley. Danny Hurst catches the ball.
    • 69:29 Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the right by-line. Clearance by Danny Hattersley.
    • 66:35 The ball is swung over by Luke Guttridge. Clearance by Luke George.
    • 66:11 Mark Cullen fouled by Aaron Chalmers, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Guttridge.
    • 65:18 The official flags Chris Almond offside. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.
    • 65:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Shaun Whalley. Jamie Milligan takes the free kick.
    • 63:48 Chris Almond takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
    • 61:23 Aaron Chalmers decides to take the corner short. Mark Tyler safely holds on.
    • 60:14 Scott Griffiths decides to take a short corner. Clearance by Paul Rutherford.
    • 59:39 Paul Rutherford takes a shot. Mark Tyler safely holds on.
    • 58:40 The ball is swung over by Jamie Milligan. Clearance by Mark Cullen.
    • 57:42 Paul Rutherford concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Griffiths. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.
    • 57:05 Substitution Anthony Charles is brought on as a substitute for Dave Martin.
    • 55:35 Red card for Steve McNulty.
    • 55:35 Sent off
    • 54:12 Matt Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Andre Gray. Shaun Whalley crosses the ball in from the free kick. A parry by Danny Hurst prevents the goal. Corner from the right by-line taken by Dave Martin. David Fitzpatrick manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:56 Matthew Challoner takes a shot. Mark Tyler catches the ball.
    • 50:54 Paul Rutherford concedes a free kick for a foul on Solomon Taiwo. Shaun Whalley crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Matt Flynn.
    • 49:04 Danny Hattersley has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 48:05 Foul by Shaun Whalley on Jamie Milligan, free kick awarded. David Fitzpatrick takes the free kick.
    • 46:00 Alex Lacey fouled by Danny Hattersley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Luton) makes a substitution, with Andre Gray coming on for Jake Howells.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:04 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+2:22 Foul by Danny Hattersley on Scott Griffiths, free kick awarded. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:56 Scott Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Flynn. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke George by Mark Cullen. Shot comes in from Jamie Milligan from the free kick which clears the target.
    • 44:06 Short corner taken by Jamie Milligan from the right by-line.
    • 41:51 Scott Brown takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 41:17 Unfair challenge on Luke George by Mark Cullen results in a free kick. Danny Hurst restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:53 David Fitzpatrick fouled by Shaun Whalley, the ref awards a free kick. David Fitzpatrick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:03 A cross is delivered by Mark Cullen that goes out of play.
    • 36:50 Booking
    • 36:39 Unfair challenge on Chris Almond by Solomon Taiwo results in a free kick. Solomon Taiwo goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Milligan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick and misses the right post.
    • 35:20 Corner from the right by-line taken by Dave Martin. Header at goal by Mark Cullen to the left of the net.
    • 35:07 The ball is sent over by Shaun Whalley. Luke George manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:33 Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line. Danny Hattersley makes a clearance.
    • 34:21 Centre by Shaun Whalley. Luke George manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:49 A cross is delivered by Jake Howells. Shot by Mark Cullen went wide right of the net.
    • 32:16 Danny Hattersley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve McNulty. Mark Tyler takes the free kick.
    • 29:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke George by Mark Cullen. David Fitzpatrick takes the free kick.
    • 27:55 Jamie Milligan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Griffiths. Free kick taken by Mark Tyler.
    • 25:30 The ball is delivered by Chris Almond. Danny Hattersley takes a shot. Mark Tyler catches the ball.
    • 21:37 GOAL - Jamie MilliganSouthport 1 - 0 Luton Jamie Milligan finds the net with a shot from the free kick. Southport 1-0 Luton.
    • 20:49 Luke Guttridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Hattersley.
    • 19:38 Chris Almond crosses the ball dead.
    • 18:31 The ball is sent over by Shaun Whalley. Foul by Jake Howells on Matt Flynn, free kick awarded. Danny Hurst takes the free kick.
    • 18:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Cullen by Matt Flynn. Scott Griffiths restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:15 Solomon Taiwo sends in a cross.
    • 13:22 The ball is crossed by Jake Howells. Clearance made by Matt Flynn.
    • 11:02 Danny Hattersley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Lacey. Free kick taken by Solomon Taiwo.
    • 10:27 Centre by Shaun Whalley that comes to nothing.
    • 7:40 The ball is swung over by Chris Almond. Header by Danny Hattersley misses to the right of the target.
    • 4:43 Corner taken by Jamie Milligan from the right by-line. Luke Guttridge makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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