Lee Hughes gave Forest Green Rovers a winning start to their Conference campaign against Southport.

The former Premier League striker headed in at the near post in the second half, after some good play from debutant David Pipe.

Southport had few clear-cut chances and had keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston to thank for keeping out efforts from Elliott Frear and Jon Parkin.

The best chance for the hosts fell to Stephen Brogan, but he fired over.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"This is a tough place to come, so it was a good three points, I'm very pleased.

Post-match: Forest Green boss Pennock

"We showed that we can roll our sleeves up and have a good old battle with everybody, as well as playing some nice football at the same time.

"It's going to be a very good league again, a very exciting league, we've got some big clubs in there.

"It's going to be a really interesting season, but more than anything else I'm worried about what we do than other people."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Southport

  • 01 Lloyd-Weston
  • 03 Fitzpatrick
  • 05 Collins
  • 06 Foster
  • 22 Mitchell Booked
  • 16 Rutherford (Whitehall - 68' Booked )
  • 04 Kay
  • 11 Brogan (Lynch - 75' )
  • 08 George (Joyce - 80' )
  • 09 Hattersley
  • 18 Marsden

Substitutes

  • 02 Challoner
  • 12 Lynch
  • 14 Joyce
  • 15 Connor
  • 21 Whitehall

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 26 Coles
  • 02 Pipe
  • 03 Stokes
  • 05 Oliver
  • 12 Kamdjo
  • 19 Sinclair
  • 18 Frear (Kelly - 79' )
  • 08 Wedgbury Booked
  • 20 Parkin Booked (Rodgers - 75' )
  • 11 Hughes (Norwood - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Norwood
  • 10 Kelly
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 17 Guthrie
  • 25 Rodgers
Ref: Robert Jones
Att: 1,023

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

1 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 17

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:57

Attempt saved. Dom Collins (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

90:00 +4:21 Booking

Booking Daniel Whitehall (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Daniel Whitehall (Southport).

90:00 +3:59

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:31

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

89:29

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

88:01

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

88:01

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

86:28

Corner, Southport.

84:52

Corner, Southport.

84:24

Corner, Southport.

83:38

Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

83:38

Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

82:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood replaces Lee Hughes.

80:07

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

80:07

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

79:42

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

79:42

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

79:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Charlie Joyce replaces Luke George.

78:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Marcus Kelly replaces Elliott Frear.

74:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Jonny Lynch replaces Stephen Brogan.

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Jon Parkin.

74:22

Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

72:45 Booking

Booking Andrew Mitchell (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:25

Foul by Andrew Mitchell (Southport).

72:25

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

71:32

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

71:32

Andrew Mitchell (Southport) wins a free kick.

69:46

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

69:46

Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

68:26

Attempt missed. Stephen Brogan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

67:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southport. Daniel Whitehall replaces Paul Rutherford.

62:13 Booking

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

62:03

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

62:03

David Fitzpatrick (Southport) wins a free kick.

61:28

Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

61:28

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

60:25

Attempt missed. Luke George (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

60:10

Corner, Southport.

59:28

Attempt missed. John Marsden (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

56:37

Foul by Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers).

56:37

Andrew Mitchell (Southport) wins a free kick.

54:15

Foul by Luke Oliver (Forest Green Rovers).

54:15

John Marsden (Southport) wins a free kick.

52:44

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

50:55

Foul by Stephen Brogan (Southport).

50:55

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

46:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Pipe with a cross.

46:13

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

45:00

Second Half begins Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

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

44:11

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

43:48

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

41:40

Corner, Southport.

38:47 Booking

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

38:08

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

38:08

Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

36:45

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

36:45

Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

35:59

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

35:09

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

33:50

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

33:50

Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

33:35

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

31:54

Attempt missed. Paul Rutherford (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:21

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

30:21

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

28:07

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

28:07

Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

27:33

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

27:33

Luke George (Southport) wins a free kick.

24:35

Foul by Daniel Coles (Forest Green Rovers).

24:35

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

23:46

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

23:46

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

22:37

Foul by Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers).

22:37

Scott Kay (Southport) wins a free kick.

21:50

Foul by Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

21:50

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

16:10

Offside, Southport. John Marsden tries a through ball, but John Marsden is caught offside.

9:56

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Sam Wedgbury tries a through ball, but Sam Wedgbury is caught offside.

6:22

Corner, Southport.

4:03

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

4:03

Andrew Mitchell (Southport) wins a free kick.

1:41

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

1:22

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

0:59

Foul by John Marsden (Southport).

0:59

Sam Wedgbury (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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