Manager Andy Bishop says he expects to have up to three new players at his disposal by the time Southport host Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Bishop has seen his team win one and lose four of their opening five matches of the season as the Sandgrounders have struggled during what was always going to be a southportdifficult first month.

A 4-0 defeat against Lincoln City at the weekend was Southport’s most disappointing result of the campaign so far and Bishop knows it is imperative that his team respond in the right fashion.

Tranmere will arrive at the Merseyrail Community Stadium boasting a 100 per cent record, underlining their promotion credentials with a flying start to the season.

“I spoke to the chairman last week and we’ll be looking to bring in two or three players to strengthen us,” Bishop said. “We’ll be bringing in a centre forward, who is big, strong and will score goals. We’re looking at a leader at the back and another in midfield with experience in this league.

“The forward has trained with us and we need him because we do lack that height and pace up front.”

On the defeat at Lincoln, Bishop added: “We set the team up to try to be more solid. We were in the game all through the first and second half but we were made to pay for our errors.

“We can’t prepare or organise the team any more than we have done. It’s down to individual errors and some of the players have got to take a good look at themselves”.


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