National League
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Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Southport

Forest Green continued their 100% start to the National League season but had to hang on to beat Southport and make it nine wins out of nine.

Aaron O'Connor put Rovers ahead, latching on to a clever ball from Sam Wedgbury to score from an acute angle.

Keanu Marsh-Brown made it 2-0 when he converted Kurtis Guthrie's pass.

But Southport replied when Andy Wright headed home from a corner and almost equalised when Jonny Maxted saved Mike Phenix's shot at his near post.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Forest Green v Southport

"There's no easy games, we said that before, there was a strong wind and it's a great three points - another record - so we just keep marching on.

"That's nine wins on the spin and that's phenomenal - I've never known that in football, not in my time anyway as a player or a manager.

"We just needed that third goal, if we'd have scored the third goal I think that would have been the end of the game, but they scored and made it 2-1, which was squeaky bum time, but we got over the line, so I'm very pleased.

"This doesn't come along every season, we know we're not going to carry on and win all these games, we're going to lose sometimes and we're going to draw, but we've got to enjoy it while we can."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Pipe
  • 6Bennett
  • 19Sinclair
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 9Marsh-BrownSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 79'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11FrearSubstituted forJonesat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Guthrie
  • 7O'ConnorSubstituted forParkinat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Clough
  • 5Jones
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 20Parkin

Southport

  • 1Coughlin
  • 2Challoner
  • 6FosterBooked at 23mins
  • 4Nolan
  • 8WrightBooked at 20mins
  • 20Davis
  • 22PhenixBooked at 90mins
  • 11Jones
  • 16Rutherford
  • 17AlmondSubstituted forCameronat 80'minutes
  • 15McCarthySubstituted forAllenat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Beesley
  • 7Allen
  • 14Joyce
  • 19Viscosi
  • 23Cameron
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,535

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Darren Jones replaces Elliott Frear.

Booking

Michael Phenix (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).

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

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Liam Nolan (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Southport).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Southport.

Attempt saved. Michael Phenix (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Southport.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Phenix (Southport) wins a free kick.

Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin replaces Aaron O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Aaron O'Connor (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Courtney Cameron replaces Louis Almond.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Offside, Southport. Michael Phenix tries a through ball, but Michael Phenix is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gary Jones (Southport) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1. Andrew Wright (Southport) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Southport.

Attempt blocked. Louis Almond (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).

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

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).

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

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Rob Sinclair tries a through ball, but Rob Sinclair is caught offside.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Southport).

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

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Southport) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Southport).

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Phenix (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Jamie Allen replaces Connor McCarthy.

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