National League
CambridgeCambridge United3SouthportSouthport1
Andy Pugh

Cambridge won to strengthen their position in the play-off places and worsen Southport's relegation fears.

Jason Walker had the Conference Premier strugglers in front, heading in Steven Boothman's cross.

But the U's replied from the spot when Toto Nsiala brought down Luke Berry, who converted from 12 yards.

And Richard Money's side went ahead as Luke Chadwick finished from an Andy Pugh pass, with the latter completing the scoring with a superb finish.

With league leaders Luton Town beating Aldershot, the U's remain 13 points adrift of automatic promotion, but are 10 points above the play-off cut-off point.

The Shots' defeat and a loss for Hereford means Southport are still four points above the relegation zone.

Cambridge United boss Richard Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"Well it was a win and as I said on a number of occasions, when you don't play particularly well it's important that you win and thankfully we've done that.

"We came out at the start of the first half thinking that we were still on the pitch from Tuesday night and forgot that we've got to earn the right to play. But we do show a good resilience and an ability to get back into it.

"Sometimes you need people to force you to play it in behind and force you to play forward and those two (Pugh and Ashley Chambers) came on and played with some real urgency. They were a real threat and a real problem for Southport."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 13Norris
  • 4Coulson
  • 5Bonner
  • 2Roberts
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Donaldson
  • 22Chadwick
  • 18BerrySubstituted forHughesat 61'minutes
  • 8Champion
  • 39Barnes-HomerSubstituted forChambersat 61'minutes
  • 19Sam-YorkeBooked at 41minsSubstituted forPughat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 24Arnold
  • 14Tait
  • 23Chambers
  • 17Hughes
  • 15Pugh

Southport

  • 1Hurst
  • 7Nsiala
  • 20Fitzpatrick
  • 23Monthe
  • 12Challoner
  • 6BrownBooked at 76mins
  • 10Ledsham
  • 27O'Sullivan
  • 24BoothmanBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOsaweat 62'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 9Walker
  • 15HattersleySubstituted forMukendiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 29Dillon
  • 8Mukendi
  • 28Daly
  • 14Rutherford
  • 21Osawe
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
2,717

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cambridge United 3, Southport 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Vinny Mukendi (Southport) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Walker (Southport) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  11. Booking

    Osayamen Osawe (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

  13. Post update

    Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Osayamen Osawe (Southport).

  15. Post update

    Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

  17. Post update

    Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by David Fitzpatrick (Southport).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

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