Southport's first Pre-Season game took them to Christopher Park in Standish to face a Wigan Under 23 side and resulted in a 2-1 defeat having lead 1-0 at half time thanks to a Jack Sampson goal after 27 minutes.

It was a strong Southport line up in the first period with just two trialists on show and the Port took a well deserved lead into the break.

Wholesale changes came at half time and two quick fire Wigan goals gave the home side the victory.

A game played in heavy rain at times on a perfect pitch and a good first game workout for the players.

Wigan 2 Southport 1

Southport are on the road again on Friday evening with a trip to Widnes and a 7.45pm Kick Off.