Macclesfield Town fell to defeat at Haig Avenue in the Vanarama National League despite being the stronger of the two sides throughout the game.
Controversial decisions in the game seemed to go against the Silkmen during the game against Southport and Macc weren’t able to come away with the result their performance deserved.
John Askey’s side were in control throughout the game, but were unable to deny the home side taking all three points, with two goals from Louis Almond and one for Josh Thompson, despite Danny Whitaker equalising just before half-time.
It was Macclesfield who started the better of the two sides and had Southport on the back foot, with shots from Danny Rowe and Danny Whitehead the two big chances in the opening fifteen minutes.
The Sandgrounders had their first effort of the game in the sixteenth minute as Mike Phenix laid the ball into Louis Almond, whose effort was cleared by Neill Byrne, after looking to have been heading for the back of the net.
Minutes later controversy struck as Neill Byrne and Southport’s Andy Bishop were both shown red, for what was unclear, as a standard corner was waiting to be taken and then suddenly the players began to crowd the referee and then the reds were shown.
George Pilkington then came on to sure up the defence, with Danny Rowe making way and Macc seemingly changing to a 4-3-2 formation, with Holroyd joining Jack Sampson upfront.
Then in the 27th minute Southport broke the deadlock through Louis Almond, after the striker picked up the ball and peeled away, making space to get his shot away, which Shwan Jalal couldn’t keep out and Port were 1-0 in front.
The Silkmen looked to get an instant reply and piled the pressure on the home sides defence and came closest through a fantastic effort from around 25-yards out by Tony Diagne, as his effort curled just wide of the post.
Macc did however get their equaliser just before half-time and it was from the penalty spot by Danny Whitaker, following great play from Chris Holroyd which saw the striker brought down in the box.
After the half-time break the Silkmen came out and instantly took control of the game and a great run down the right-hand side by Dan Cowan, who plays the ball across the box, but nobody Is on the end of it and the ball comes out to Fitzpatrick whose shot is cleared.
In the 56th minute, Macc came agonisingly close to taking the lead, following another fantastic run from Holroyd, the striker found Whitaker in the box, but the midfielder was denied by a great save.
Fitzpatrick was next to try his luck again and this time a bursting run into the box goes unchallenged and the left-back lets rip with a thunderous effort which goes just over.
As the game broke into the final 20 minutes, the referee adjudged that Dan Cowan and Danny Whitehead had brought down Mike Phenix after the striker seemed to have been squashed between the two, according to the referee, and Louis Almond converted to make it 2-1.
Moments later Southport scored a third and this time it was Josh Thompson who was on the end of a ball played across the box.
As the Silkmen looked to get back into the game, the Sandgrounders caught Macc on the break and almost made it 4-1 through Jack Ryan, but Jalal made superb save as the game ended 3-1 to the home side.