Cambridge won to strengthen their position in the play-off places and worsen Southport's relegation fears.

Jason Walker had the Conference Premier strugglers in front, heading in Steven Boothman's cross.

But the U's replied from the spot when Toto Nsiala brought down Luke Berry, who converted from 12 yards.

And Richard Money's side went ahead as Luke Chadwick finished from an Andy Pugh pass, with the latter completing the scoring with a superb finish.

With league leaders Luton Town beating Aldershot, the U's remain 13 points adrift of automatic promotion, but are 10 points above the play-off cut-off point.

The Shots' defeat and a loss for Hereford means Southport are still four points above the relegation zone.

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"Well it was a win and as I said on a number of occasions, when you don't play particularly well it's important that you win and thankfully we've done that.

"We came out at the start of the first half thinking that we were still on the pitch from Tuesday night and forgot that we've got to earn the right to play. But we do show a good resilience and an ability to get back into it.

"Sometimes you need people to force you to play it in behind and force you to play forward and those two (Pugh and Ashley Chambers) came on and played with some real urgency. They were a real threat and a real problem for Southport."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge United

  • 13 Norris
  • 04 Coulson
  • 05 Bonner
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Donaldson
  • 22 Chadwick
  • 18 Berry (Hughes - 61' )
  • 08 Champion
  • 39 Barnes-Homer (Chambers - 61' )
  • 19 Sam-Yorke Booked (Pugh - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Arnold
  • 14 Tait
  • 23 Chambers
  • 17 Hughes
  • 15 Pugh

Southport

  • 01 Hurst
  • 07 Nsiala
  • 20 Fitzpatrick
  • 23 Monthe
  • 12 Challoner
  • 06 Brown Booked
  • 10 Ledsham
  • 27 O'Sullivan
  • 24 Boothman Booked (Osawe - 62' Booked )
  • 09 Walker
  • 15 Hattersley (Mukendi - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Dillon
  • 08 Mukendi
  • 28 Daly
  • 14 Rutherford
  • 21 Osawe
Ref: Daniel Cook
Att: 2,717

Match Stats

Shots

11 16

On target

3 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

7 20

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.

90:00 +3:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.

90:00 +3:15

Corner, Cambridge United.

90:00 +2:58

Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:59

Vinny Mukendi (Southport) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

88:15

Corner, Southport.

87:46

Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

87:29

Attempt blocked. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

86:37

Attempt missed. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

86:10

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

83:07 Booking

Booking Osayamen Osawe (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:01

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

83:01

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

81:58

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

81:58

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

81:14

Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

81:14

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

80:08

Hand ball by David Fitzpatrick (Southport).

79:31

Corner, Southport.

79:05

Corner, Southport.

78:13

Attempt missed. Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

76:53

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Southport) header from the centre of the box is too high.

75:44 Booking

Booking Scott Brown (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:30

Foul by Scott Brown (Southport).

75:30

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

75:01

Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

75:01

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

74:03

Attempt missed. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

72:49

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

72:05

Corner, Southport.

69:32

Corner, Cambridge United.

68:07

Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

67:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 3, Southport 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

63:21

Attempt missed. Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

62:19

Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

62:19

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

61:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Vinny Mukendi replaces Danny Hattersley.

61:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Osayamen Osawe replaces Steven Boothman.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam Hughes replaces Luke Berry.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Ashley Chambers replaces Matthew Barnes-Homer.

58:35

Corner, Southport.

57:22

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

55:52

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United).

55:52

Aristote Nsiala (Southport) wins a free kick.

55:20

Foul by Jason Walker (Southport).

55:20

Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

52:21

Attempt missed. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

50:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, Southport 1. Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

50:05

Hand ball by Steven Boothman (Southport).

48:33

Foul by Tom Bonner (Cambridge United).

48:33

Aristote Nsiala (Southport) wins a free kick.

48:03

Corner, Cambridge United.

45:37

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Southport).

45:37

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Andy Pugh replaces Delano Sam-Yorke because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 1, Southport 1.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Southport 1.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

45:00 +0:15

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

44:39 Booking

Booking Steven Boothman (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:25

Foul by Steven Boothman (Southport).

44:25

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

43:28

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

42:59

Attempt blocked. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:11

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

40:11 Booking

Booking Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:55

Hand ball by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

37:59

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

35:24

Attempt blocked. Greg Taylor (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

34:22

Offside, Cambridge United. Ryan Donaldson tries a through ball, but Ryan Donaldson is caught offside.

32:39

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

32:39

Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

32:00

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

32:00

Emmanuel Monthe (Southport) wins a free kick.

29:09

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

29:09

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

28:15

Corner, Southport.

27:55

Attempt blocked. Karl Ledsham (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Southport 1. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

24:15

Penalty conceded by Aristote Nsiala (Southport) after a foul in the penalty area.

24:15

Penalty Cambridge United. Luke Berry draws a foul in the penalty area.

23:07

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Southport).

23:07

Luke Chadwick (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

20:28

Corner, Cambridge United.

19:30

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

19:30

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

18:53

Foul by Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United).

18:53

Emmanuel Monthe (Southport) wins a free kick.

15:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 0, Southport 1. Jason Walker (Southport) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Boothman with a cross.

11:27

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

11:27

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

9:04

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

9:04

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

8:11

Attempt missed. Karl Ledsham (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:27

Attempt blocked. Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

6:27

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Southport).

6:27

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

5:43

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

4:25

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

4:25

Tom Champion (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

2:22

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United).

2:22

Scott Brown (Southport) wins a free kick.

0:02

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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