Forest Green cruised to victory against 10-man promotion-chasing Southport.

The visitors went ahead when Jamie Turley poked home after Yan Klukowski headed on Jake Thomson's corner.

Southport's Karl Ledsham was sent off for tripping Jake Thomson in the box, allowing Klukowski to score from the penalty spot.

Klukowski cut inside and rifled home a third from 12 yards, before Andy Owens slotted home a consolation for the Sandgrounders from inside the area.

The majority of Forest Green fans were unable to see their team's victory first hand, as their coach broke down on the motorway, meaning the official away attendance stood at six supporters.

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Southport manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We might not have made many mistakes in the last 10 games, but we made as many in first 45 minutes as we did in all of those matches.

"But they've given me everything in the second 45 minutes, they've worked their socks off and they've got a goal.

"You wouldn't have dreamt we had 10 men in the second half, although we've had enough practice with 10 men."

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"It was a strange game but we've got three points and we've got to be happy with that.

"In the first half we carved them to shreds and it was three but it could have been more without playing great football.

"We've come here and done a job and we're delighted."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Southport

  • 01 McMillan
  • 03 Lever
  • 04 Akrigg
  • 06 Grand
  • 14 Smith (Parry - 66' )
  • 15 Owens Booked
  • 08 Moogan
  • 17 Ledsham Dismissed
  • 19 Poku
  • 09 Guthrie Booked (Carden - 78' )
  • 12 Brown (Benjamin - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nemes
  • 05 Davis
  • 11 Parry
  • 20 Benjamin
  • 23 Carden

Forest Green

  • 30 Bond
  • 02 Hodgkiss (Rowe - 46' )
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Turley
  • 22 Oshodi Booked
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 20 Bangura
  • 21 Thomson (Graham - 84' )
  • 07 Norwood
  • 14 Taylor
  • 24 Henderson (Griffin - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bittner
  • 16 Graham
  • 19 Rowe
  • 10 Griffin
  • 23 Uwezu
Ref: Wigglesworth
Att: 978

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

5 3

Corners

11 4

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:48

Alan Moogan produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

90:00 +1:52

Luke Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Owens. Direct free kick taken by Alan Moogan.

90:00 +1:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Norwood. Tony McMillan takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:28

Corner from right by-line taken by Alan Moogan.

90:00 +0:07

Russell Benjamin takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Bond.

89:32

Matty Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Moogan. Tony McMillan takes the free kick.

88:34

Godfrey Poku challenges Chris Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Rowe restarts play with the free kick.

87:56

Long range shot by Eddie Oshodi goes wide right of the goal.

83:40

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Carden.

83:40 Substitution

Substitution Jake Thomson leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Graham.

82:10

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Carden.

81:44

Alan Moogan takes a shot. James Norwood gets a block in.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Liam Henderson goes off and Charlie Griffin comes on.

79:15

Godfrey Poku fouled by Chris Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Parry restarts play with the free kick.

77:01

The offside flag is raised against Matty Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMillan.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution (Southport) makes a substitution, with Russell Benjamin coming on for Jonathan Brown.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Kurtis Guthrie leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Carden.

72:16

Kurtis Guthrie takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Bond.

71:35

Centre by Andy Owens, save by Jonathan Bond.

70:05

Unfair challenge on Alhassan Bangura by Andy Owens results in a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the free kick.

69:32

Godfrey Poku fouled by Liam Henderson, the ref awards a free kick. Godfrey Poku restarts play with the free kick.

67:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alhassan Bangura by Godfrey Poku. Direct free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

66:28

Corner taken by James Rowe from the left by-line, Steve Akrigg manages to make a clearance.

65:45

Foul by Andy Owens on Jake Thomson, free kick awarded. Yan Klukowski restarts play with the free kick.

65:45 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Parry comes on in place of James Smith.

64:57

Kurtis Guthrie fouled by Jamie Turley, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Moogan takes the free kick.

63:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Owens - Southport 1 - 3 Forest Grn A goal is scored by Andy Owens from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southport 1-3 Forest Green.

60:52

James Norwood is ruled offside. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

60:37

Handball by Alan Moogan. Jake Thomson takes the free kick.

60:02

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Brown played to the near post, Jake Thomson manages to make a clearance.

59:55

The ball is crossed by Andy Owens, Jake Thomson gets a block in.

59:28

Matty Taylor challenges Godfrey Poku unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Moogan restarts play with the free kick.

56:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alan Moogan, clearance made by Alhassan Bangura.

56:38

Corner taken by Alan Moogan, Jonathan Bond makes a save.

56:25

Kurtis Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Alhassan Bangura.

54:37

James Rowe delivers the ball in from the corner.

53:45

Kurtis Guthrie fouled by Jamie Turley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Moogan.

52:32

Jonathan Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Rowe. James Rowe delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

50:31

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Matty Taylor misses to the left of the goal.

49:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Henderson by Simon Grand. James Rowe takes the free kick.

47:34

The official flags James Norwood offside. Simon Grand takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Rowe replaces Jared Hodgkiss.

45:00 +3:32 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:18

Foul by Liam Henderson on James Smith, free kick awarded. Tony McMillan restarts play with the free kick.

42:03

Inswinging corner taken by Jonathan Brown from the left by-line.

41:16

Unfair challenge on Kurtis Guthrie by Eddie Oshodi results in a free kick. Alan Moogan restarts play with the free kick.

41:16 Booking

Booking Eddie Oshodi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

40:03

Unfair challenge on Alan Moogan by Yan Klukowski results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Godfrey Poku.

38:11

Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Brown to the near post, Alhassan Bangura makes a clearance.

37:03

Corner taken by Alan Moogan, save by Jonathan Bond.

33:12

Andy Owens is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

31:57

Yan Klukowski concedes a free kick for a foul on Godfrey Poku. Simon Grand restarts play with the free kick.

30:28

The assist for the goal came from Matty Taylor.

30:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Southport 0 - 3 Forest Grn Yan Klukowski finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southport 0-3 Forest Green.

29:02

Long distance shot from Liam Henderson misses to the left of the goal.

27:29

Andy Owens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Turley. Jared Hodgkiss restarts play with the free kick.

27:29 Booking

Booking Andy Owens receives a caution.

24:29

Kurtis Guthrie challenges Eddie Oshodi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Bond takes the direct free kick.

24:29 Booking

Booking Kurtis Guthrie booked.

21:37

James Norwood fouled by Steve Akrigg, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Thomson.

19:41

James Norwood provided the assist for the goal.

19:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Yan Klukowski - Southport 0 - 2 Forest Grn Yan Klukowski scores a placed penalty. Southport 0-2 Forest Green.

18:23

Jake Thomson fouled by Karl Ledsham, the ref awards a Penalty.

18:23 Dismissal

Dismissal Karl Ledsham dismissed for professional foul.

14:32

Effort on goal by Jake Thomson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

13:51

Corner taken right-footed by Jake Thomson to the near post, clearance by Karl Ledsham.

13:12

The ball is delivered by Liam Henderson, James Norwood has an effort at goal. Save by Tony McMillan.

11:45

Corner taken by Jonathan Brown, Eddie Oshodi makes a clearance.

7:45

Inswinging corner taken by Karl Ledsham, Simon Grand concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Turley. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bond.

6:34

Assist by Eddie Oshodi.

6:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Turley - Southport 0 - 1 Forest Grn Jamie Turley grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southport 0-1 Forest Green.

6:08

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jake Thomson,

3:59

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Steve Akrigg goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

1:54

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Brown, save by Jonathan Bond.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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