WARRINGTON Town’s third consecutive home fixture this evening could see them take a significant step.

Yellows welcome Southport to Cantilever Park fresh from having come from behind to beat Bishop’s Stortford – the National League North’s bottom club – on Saturday.

Another relegation-threatened side provide tonight’s opposition with the Sandgrounders two places and two points clear of the drop zone – the kind of position many thought Town would be occupying with 10 games of the season to go.

However, Mark Beesley’s side have defied all expectations to the point that a win tonight would take them into the play-off places.

Yellows currently sit ninth two points adrift of the top seven but with Boston United and Curzon Ashton – the team currently sat in the final play-off spot – not in action, three points would lift them into the shake-up and could see them end the night as high as sixth.

At the very least, Town will be looking to extend their excellent record on home soil – their only defeat in their last 10 league matches at Cantilever Park came against runaway league leaders Tamworth back in January – against a Southport side they memorably thrashed 4-0 on the opening day of the season back in August.

Since then, tonight’s visitors have struggled to move away from the relegation zone but have recorded victories over play-off chasers Brackley Town and Scarborough Athletic in the recent past.

Tonight’s game - a rearranged fixture after the original date of January 20 fell victim to a frozen pitch - kicks off at 7.45pm.

Warrington Guardian: Town thrashed tonight's opponents Southport 4-0 on the opening day of the seasonTown thrashed tonight's opponents Southport 4-0 on the opening day of the season (Image: Sean Walsh)

Warrington Town's new stand open for Southport fixture

Yellows have confirmed the new seated stand at the Wash Lane end of Cantilever Park will be open to all fans for tonight's game.

The 184-seat stand is the centrepiece of the ongoing ground improvement works and while the roof is still to be added, supporters will be able to use it this evening.

With a larger-than-usual number of travelling supporters expected, Town have confirmed "soft segregation" will be in place for the game, monitored and directed by police and stewards.

Warrington Guardian: Warrington Town's new stand will be open for the first time this eveningWarrington Town's new stand will be open for the first time this evening (Image: Sean Walsh)