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Preview: Southport (A)

25 July 2016

Non-League outfit next up for Town

Fleetwood Town will travel to the Merseyrail Community Stadium on Tuesday evening, as they tackle Southport in their first domestic pre-season fixture following their return from the three game tour of Holland, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Cod Army will visit the home of the Conference National League side who concluded last term in 16th position within the standings of the division.

Southport, who are managed by player-manager Andy Bishop, will provide another test for FTFC, prior to the start of their third season in the EFL League One, which commences against Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday, 6th August.

During a prolonged career in the Football League, Cannock-born Bishop, now aged 33, is most known for his seven year stint at Bury, where he scored 69 goals in 236 club appearances between 2006-2013.

Bishop began his career in the youth set-up at Walsall, as well as also turning out for Kidderminster, Rochdale, Yeovil Town, York City, Wrexham, FC Halifax Town, prior to signing for Southport last August, initially in a playing capacity at the club.

Bishop, who turned out 23 times for Southport last term, was appointed caretaker manager in Match, prior to taking up a permanent role as player-manager a month later.

His side open up their season with a trip to recently relegated Dagenham and Redbridge on 6th August.

Fleetwood Town and Southport last played each other during the 2011/12 season, as the Fylde Coast side gained a historic promotion up the Football League.

The last meeting took place at tomorrow's venue on New Years' Day 2012, as Town's trip to Merseyside concluded in fruitful fashion, coming away with a 6-0 victory.

Jamie Vardy and Richard Brodie both netted braces in the triumph. Their goals were accompanied by strikes from Jamie Milligan and  Andy Mangan.

If you want to make the journey to cheer on Fleetwood on Tuesday, the admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £8
Concessions: £5

The venue for the game is: Merseyrail Community Stadium, Haig Avenue, Southport, PR8 6JZ.

Live text coverage of the pre-season friendly at Southport will be available via our social media platforms, while a match report and reaction will be up on the website after the full-time whistle.

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