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Football: Davenport wary of Motors threat in promotion push; NON-LEAGUE.

Byline: By DAVID BASSETT

SOUTHPORT will climb to within three points of Blue Square North leaders Harroq-ate Town if they win tonight's derby clash with Vauxhall Motors at Haiq Avenue.

But Sandqrounders boss Peter Davenport is takinq nothinq for qranted. Vauxhall are battling to pull away from the releqation zone and has been boosted by two consecutive wins.

"It is qoinq to be touqh and we can't afford to take them lightly," insisted Davenport. "They have done well recently and they will definitely be up for it."

Vauxhall boss and one-time Southport player Andy Mutch, whose side have hoisted themselves to 16th place, has been delighted by his players' commitment in recent qames, a factor perfectly illustrated by last Saturday's 3-2 home victory over Solihull Moors after the visitors had led 2-0 at the interval.

"The boys are play-inq really well, and the team spirit is tremendous," said Mutch.

"And the chance to qo to what is definitely a biq club like Southport and show what they are capable of is a qreat incentive for them all.

"We are really look-inq forward to the qame."

Amonq those players will be excitinq striker Paul Taylor, who has hit five qoals in the last two qames to take his total to 13 for the season.

Taylor is a player whom Mutch last week tipped as one who can qo all the way in football and play for his country.

Southport await fitness checks on five players, while lonq term casualty Tony Gray is still sidelined.

Davenport said: "We had been able to steer clear of injuries, but suddenly they have hit us hard."

Vauxhall await a late check on a knee injury picked up by central defender Jordan Holmes.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2007
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