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Forest Green Rovers 5-3 Southport

Forest Green Rovers made it 10 Conference games unbeaten after coming from behind to beat Southport.

Southport, who missed a penalty, went ahead from David Fitzpatrick's corner but Jon Parkin levelled from the spot.

Aaran Racine and Kurtis Guthrie headed home Marcus Kelly deliveries to put Rovers 3-1 up at half-time.

Kelly's free-kick and Clovis Kamadjo's overhead kick made it 5-1 before Luke Foster and Connor McCarthy netted from close in to restore Southport pride.

Results elsewhere mean the Sandgrounders drop into the bottom four while Rovers stay fifth.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Pennock on Forest Green v Southport

"What a fantastic game, five fantastic goals and Clovis's goal was something special - a contender for goal of the season.

"I'll pick the bones out of it on Monday, but the players should be very pleased we've got another three points at home.

"That's seven wins and three draws (in the last 10 games). It's phenomenal and all the players should be given a big pat on the back tonight."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 4CloughBooked at 74mins
  • 16Racine
  • 10KellyBooked at 29mins
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forMooreat 89'minutes
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 19SinclairBooked at 36mins
  • 18FrearSubstituted forBenderat 83'minutes
  • 9Fleetwood
  • 20Parkin

Substitutes

  • 1Russell
  • 2Pipe
  • 15Bender
  • 25Moore
  • 26Coles

Southport

  • 19Brezovan
  • 20Smith
  • 5CollinsBooked at 54mins
  • 6Foster
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forAlmondat 57'minutes
  • 8George
  • 14JoyceSubstituted forKayat 57'minutes
  • 16Rutherford
  • 10BrodieSubstituted forMcCarthyat 57'minutes
  • 23Donnelly

Substitutes

  • 1Lloyd-Weston
  • 4Kay
  • 17Almond
  • 24Beesley
  • 27McCarthy
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,222

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 5, Southport 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 5, Southport 3.

Foul by Louis Almond (Southport).

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

Foul by George Donnelly (Southport).

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Corby Moore (Forest Green Rovers).

Scott Kay (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

Tom Bender (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

George Donnelly (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Corby Moore replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Scott Kay (Southport).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tom Bender replaces Elliott Frear.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 5, Southport 3. Connor McCarthy (Southport) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Luke George (Southport) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved.

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

Paul Rutherford (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

Scott Kay (Southport) wins a free kick.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Stuart Fleetwood tries a through ball, but Stuart Fleetwood is caught offside.

Foul by George Donnelly (Southport).

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

Booking

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers).

Paul Rutherford (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Louis Almond (Southport).

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

Attempt saved. Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

Foul by Louis Almond (Southport).

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

Corner, Southport.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Scott Kay (Southport).

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

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