Southport eased their relegation worries as Chris Stokes' own goal gave them victory at faltering Forest Green.

Rovers, who have missed out on the play-offs on the back of a run of four games without a win, enjoyed the better of the first half.

But the Sandgrounders, who had won one of their last 10, stole the points when Stokes headed Karl Ledsham's cross into his own net.

The victory leaves Southport five points clear of danger.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday tells BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I know we can't make the play-offs now so we had a look at players that we need to have a look at. We were a little bit tight numbers wise.

"It's frustrating as we've become the victims of our own success if you like. We passed and passed but now we've actually lost the point that the idea is to put the ball in the back of the net.

"The game gave me a chance to look at some people, and obviously I've got to decide now whether we keep those people or we look for others.

"I thought the fans were brilliant today and I think they know we're now looking at people and trying a few things but at the end of the day I want to win every game."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Forest Green

  • 23 Russell
  • 03 Stokes (Hodgkiss - 90' )
  • 05 Turley
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 16 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 04 Bangura
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 11 Forbes
  • 27 Odubade (Williams - 78' )
  • 29 Burns (Vieira - 80' )
  • 30 Connolly

Substitutes

  • 01 Bulman
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 06 Bennett
  • 10 Vieira
  • 25 Williams

Southport

  • 01 Hedge
  • 02 Smith
  • 06 Grand
  • 09 Owens
  • 05 Parry
  • 07 Whalley
  • 08 Ledsham Booked
  • 15 Chalmers
  • 21 Kay (Poku - 60' )
  • 11 Almond
  • 19 Hattersley

Substitutes

  • 13 Hibbert
  • 23 Willis
  • 10 Clancy
  • 16 Moogan
  • 22 Poku
Ref: Bromley
Att: 1,496

Match Stats

Shots

7 2

On target

4 1

Corners

7 6

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eddie Oshodi on Danny Hattersley. Shaun Whalley takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:17 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Jared Hodgkiss coming on for Chris Stokes.

90:00 +1:06

Unfair challenge on Shaun Whalley by Al Bangura results in a free kick. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:42

The ball is sent over by Shaun Whalley, clearance by Kieron Forbes.

87:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Oshodi by Chris Almond. Sam Russell restarts play with the free kick.

86:32

The offside flag is raised against Chris Stokes. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

85:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Hattersley on Jamie Turley. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

83:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham, clearance made by Jamie Turley.

83:49

Shaun Whalley produces a cross, Ed Asafu-Adjaye makes a clearance.

79:02 Substitution

Substitution (Forest Green) makes a substitution, with Magno Vieira coming on for Wes Burns.

77:56 Substitution

Substitution Saul Williams comes on in place of Yemi Odubade.

76:35

Karl Ledsham provided the assist for the goal.

76:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Stokes - Forest Grn 0 - 1 Southport Own goal by Chris Stokes. Forest Green 0-1 Southport.

75:38

Corner taken left-footed by Karl Ledsham to the near post, Chris Stokes manages to make a clearance.

74:39

Yemi Odubade challenges Shaun Whalley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shaun Whalley has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Sam Russell.

74:12

Corner taken by Shaun Whalley from the left by-line played to the near post, Jamie Turley manages to make a clearance.

74:00

Danny Hattersley crosses the ball, Ed Asafu-Adjaye gets a block in.

71:18

Effort on goal by Shaun Whalley from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

70:17

Foul by Godfrey Poku on Yan Klukowski, free kick awarded. Chris Stokes crosses the ball in from the free kick.

69:51

The ball is delivered by Jamie Turley, Jonathan Hedge makes a save.

69:29

Wes Burns takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Parry.

69:09

The ball is delivered by Aaron Chalmers, Ed Asafu-Adjaye makes a clearance.

64:02

Centre by Chris Almond, Chris Stokes manages to make a clearance.

61:11

The referee blows for offside against Shaun Whalley. Sam Russell takes the free kick.

59:39 Substitution

Substitution Godfrey Poku joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Kay.

56:58

Eddie Oshodi takes a shot. Andy Owens gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, save by Jonathan Hedge.

56:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Yan Klukowski, clearance by Karl Ledsham.

55:51

Inswinging corner taken by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line, Danny Hattersley manages to make a clearance.

55:40

Jamie Turley delivers the ball, clearance by Aaron Chalmers.

54:37

The ball is swung over by Chris Stokes, Andy Parry makes a clearance.

54:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski played to the near post, clearance by Karl Ledsham.

53:56

Ed Asafu-Adjaye sends in a cross, blocked by Andy Owens.

53:27

Handball by Karl Ledsham. Free kick taken by Ed Asafu-Adjaye.

52:27

Unfair challenge on James Smith by Reece Connolly results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

52:09

Chris Almond produces a cross, clearance by Eddie Oshodi.

51:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Chalmers by Al Bangura. Shaun Whalley crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Ed Asafu-Adjaye.

49:51

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Hattersley.

47:34

Chris Stokes crosses the ball, save by Jonathan Hedge.

45:26 Booking

Booking Karl Ledsham is given a yellow card.

45:07

Karl Ledsham challenges Kieron Forbes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Russell.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

44:09

Inswinging corner taken by Karl Ledsham, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

43:57

Karl Ledsham sends in a cross, blocked by Yan Klukowski.

41:31

Karl Ledsham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieron Forbes. Chris Stokes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Simon Grand makes a clearance.

41:03

Yemi Odubade produces a cross, clearance by James Smith.

39:42

Al Bangura has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

38:47

Reece Connolly is caught offside. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

37:16

A cross is delivered by Shaun Whalley, Jamie Turley makes a clearance.

34:03

Reece Connolly is caught offside. Jonathan Hedge restarts play with the free kick.

33:44

The ball is swung over by Ed Asafu-Adjaye, clearance by Simon Grand.

32:36

A cross is delivered by Aaron Chalmers, save by Sam Russell.

31:29

Karl Ledsham takes a inswinging corner.

30:50

Andy Owens produces a cross.

29:51

Centre by Andy Owens, clearance by Eddie Oshodi.

29:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Wes Burns. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

27:00

Yan Klukowski crosses the ball, Andy Owens manages to make a clearance.

25:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Chalmers by Wes Burns. Jonathan Hedge takes the free kick.

25:08

Reece Connolly crosses the ball, comfortable save by Jonathan Hedge.

24:33

Corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the left by-line, Danny Hattersley makes a clearance.

23:54

Effort on goal by Eddie Oshodi from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

21:56

Wes Burns is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

20:47

Effort on goal by Yan Klukowski from 18 yards. Andy Owens gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Karl Ledsham, clearance by Jamie Turley.

20:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Burns on Andy Owens. Free kick taken by Andy Owens.

17:58

Ed Asafu-Adjaye delivers the ball, Scott Kay gets a block in. Floated corner taken right-footed by Yan Klukowski from the right by-line, Headed effort on goal by Eddie Oshodi from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal. Foul by Wes Burns on Andy Owens, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Shaun Whalley from left wing, save made by Jonathan Hedge.

14:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Reece Connolly. Free kick taken by Jonathan Hedge.

14:21

Jamie Turley sends in a cross, clearance made by Aaron Chalmers.

13:46

Aaron Chalmers challenges Yemi Odubade unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Stokes.

11:07

Eddie Oshodi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Hattersley. Karl Ledsham crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

10:46

Reece Connolly takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Hedge.

8:57

The ball is delivered by Shaun Whalley, Ed Asafu-Adjaye manages to make a clearance.

7:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Hattersley by Kieron Forbes. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Karl Ledsham from right wing.

5:38

The ball is swung over by Andy Owens, save by Sam Russell.

2:20

The ball is delivered by Jamie Turley, comfortable save by Jonathan Hedge.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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