Southport further eased their Conference Premier relegation fears at the expense of Forest Green Rovers' play-off hopes.

Karl Ledsham superbly headed home Blackburn loan man John O'Sullivan's cross to set the Sandgrounders on their way four minutes into the second half.

James Norwood was close to levelling when he hit the bar with a 12-yard lob.

But O'Sullivan secured the victory with a 20-yard right-foot shot into the bottom corner from Ledsham's pass.

And Rovers goalkeeper Sam Russell had to make a string of fine saves to keep the score down.

John Coleman's Southport are now seven points clear of danger, while Rovers' first defeat in four matches leaves them three points adrift of the play-off zone.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 07 Nsiala
  • 28 Daly
  • 20 Fitzpatrick Booked
  • 27 O'Sullivan (Joyce - 70' )
  • 18 George
  • 06 Brown (Dillon - 87' )
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 08 Mukendi
  • 21 Osawe
  • 15 Hattersley (Monthe - 68' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 16 Joyce
  • 12 Challoner
  • 29 Dillon
  • 23 Monthe
  • 11 Henry-Francis

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 05 Turley
  • 16 Racine
  • 22 Green
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 03 Stokes
  • 23 Barry (Klukowski - 64' )
  • 04 Bangura
  • 07 Norwood (Taylor - 74' Booked )
  • 29 Hughes
  • 26 Rodgers (Wright - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 21 White
  • 09 Wright
  • 08 Klukowski
  • 14 Taylor
Ref: Adrian Holmes

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

7 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southport 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southport 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

90:00 +0:04

Attempt missed. Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Stokes.

89:46

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

89:35

Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jamie Turley with a cross.

88:56

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Southport).

88:56

Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

88:13

Attempt saved. Yan Klukowski (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

87:42

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

87:07

Attempt missed. Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Stokes.

86:39

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

86:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. John Dillon replaces Scott Brown because of an injury.

84:17 Booking

Booking Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:07

Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

84:07

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

82:13

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

82:13

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

80:37 Booking

Booking Emmanuel Monthe (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:32

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Southport).

80:32

Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

75:59

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

75:59

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

74:05

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

74:05

Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

73:42

Attempt saved. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) header from the left side of the box is saved.

73:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces James Norwood.

73:00

Hand ball by Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers).

72:42

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

72:42

Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

72:01

Corner, Southport.

71:43

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

70:40

Corner, Southport.

70:14

Attempt blocked. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Charlie Joyce replaces John O'Sullivan because of an injury.

68:55

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

68:55

Vinny Mukendi (Southport) wins a free kick.

67:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Emmanuel Monthe replaces Danny Hattersley because of an injury.

67:27

Offside, Southport. Kellen Daly tries a through ball, but Kellen Daly is caught offside.

65:04

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

64:20

Corner, Southport.

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Daniel Wright replaces Luke Rodgers.

63:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Yan Klukowski replaces Anthony Barry.

61:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southport 2, Forest Green Rovers 0. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karl Ledsham.

59:56

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

59:56

Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

59:01

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

59:01

Aristote Nsiala (Southport) wins a free kick.

57:47

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

57:47

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

57:12

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

54:22

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

51:06

Attempt saved. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

49:46

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

49:46

David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

48:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southport 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Karl Ledsham (Southport) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by John O'Sullivan with a cross.

47:39

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Southport) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Osayamen Osawe with a cross.

46:02

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

46:02

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:34

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

45:00 +0:34

Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

44:29

Hand ball by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

39:15

Foul by Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers).

39:15

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

36:17

Foul by Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers).

36:17

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

35:53

Attempt blocked. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:13

Corner, Southport.

33:42

Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

33:23

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

33:23

Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

32:28

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

32:28

Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

29:34

Attempt blocked. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:42

Attempt missed. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

27:50

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

27:14

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

26:35

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

26:35

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

24:34

Attempt saved. Vinny Mukendi (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by David Fitzpatrick.

24:01

Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).

24:01

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

23:31

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

21:49

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

21:49

Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

20:35

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

19:29 Booking

Booking David Fitzpatrick (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:22

Foul by David Fitzpatrick (Southport).

19:22

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

17:46

Attempt saved. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

14:49

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

14:49

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

14:21

Offside, Southport. Danny Hattersley tries a through ball, but Danny Hattersley is caught offside.

13:53

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

13:53

Vinny Mukendi (Southport) wins a free kick.

13:04

Corner, Southport.

12:38

Attempt blocked. Danny Hattersley (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8:21

Attempt missed. Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Barry with a cross.

7:37

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

6:39

Corner, Southport.

6:23

Attempt blocked. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:08

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

1:08

Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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