Southport 1-3 Forest Green

Forest Green cruised to victory against 10-man promotion-chasing Southport.

The visitors went ahead when Jamie Turley poked home after Yan Klukowski headed on Jake Thomson's corner.

Southport's Karl Ledsham was sent off for tripping Jake Thomson in the box, allowing Klukowski to score from the penalty spot.

Klukowski cut inside and rifled home a third from 12 yards, before Andy Owens slotted home a consolation for the Sandgrounders from inside the area.

The majority of Forest Green fans were unable to see their team's victory first hand, as their coach broke down on the motorway, meaning the official away attendance stood at six supporters.

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Southport manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Merseyside:

Watson cannot fault player effort

"We might not have made many mistakes in the last 10 games, but we made as many in first 45 minutes as we did in all of those matches.

"But they've given me everything in the second 45 minutes, they've worked their socks off and they've got a goal.

"You wouldn't have dreamt we had 10 men in the second half, although we've had enough practice with 10 men."

Hockaday credits six travelling fans

Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday told BBC Gloucestershire:

"It was a strange game but we've got three points and we've got to be happy with that.

"In the first half we carved them to shreds and it was three but it could have been more without playing great football.

"We've come here and done a job and we're delighted."

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