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Southport 2-0 Forest Green Rovers

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.

Line-ups

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 7Nsiala
  • 28Daly
  • 20FitzpatrickBooked at 20mins
  • 27O'SullivanSubstituted forJoyceat 70'minutes
  • 18George
  • 6BrownSubstituted forDillonat 87'minutes
  • 10Ledsham
  • 8Mukendi
  • 21Osawe
  • 15HattersleySubstituted forMontheat 68'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

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

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 5Turley
  • 16Racine
  • 22Green
  • 15Oshodi
  • 3Stokes
  • 23BarrySubstituted forKlukowskiat 64'minutes
  • 4Bangura
  • 7NorwoodSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 29Hughes
  • 26RodgersSubstituted forWrightat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 21White
  • 9Wright
  • 8Klukowski
  • 14Taylor
Referee:
Adrian Holmes

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 2, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

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.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Southport).

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

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

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

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

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Substitution

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

Booking

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

Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Forest Green Rovers).

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

Booking

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

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Southport).

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

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

Karl Ledsham (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

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

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

Substitution

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

Hand ball by Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Vinny Mukendi (Southport).

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

Corner, Southport.

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

Corner, Southport.

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

Substitution

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

Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

Vinny Mukendi (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

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

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

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

Corner, Southport.

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