National League
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Southport 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Lee Hughes gave Forest Green Rovers a winning start to their Conference campaign against Southport.

The former Premier League striker headed in at the near post in the second half, after some good play from debutant David Pipe.

Southport had few clear-cut chances and had keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston to thank for keeping out efforts from Elliott Frear and Jon Parkin.

The best chance for the hosts fell to Stephen Brogan, but he fired over.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"This is a tough place to come, so it was a good three points, I'm very pleased.

"We showed that we can roll our sleeves up and have a good old battle with everybody, as well as playing some nice football at the same time.

"It's going to be a very good league again, a very exciting league, we've got some big clubs in there.

"It's going to be a really interesting season, but more than anything else I'm worried about what we do than other people."

Line-ups

Southport

  • 1Lloyd-Weston
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 5Collins
  • 6Foster
  • 22MitchellBooked at 73mins
  • 16RutherfordSubstituted forWhitehallat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Kay
  • 11BroganSubstituted forLynchat 75'minutes
  • 8GeorgeSubstituted forJoyceat 80'minutes
  • 9Hattersley
  • 18Marsden

Substitutes

  • 2Challoner
  • 12Lynch
  • 14Joyce
  • 15Connor
  • 21Whitehall

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 26Coles
  • 2Pipe
  • 3Stokes
  • 5Oliver
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 19Sinclair
  • 18FrearSubstituted forKellyat 79'minutes
  • 8WedgburyBooked at 63mins
  • 20ParkinBooked at 39minsSubstituted forRodgersat 75'minutes
  • 11HughesSubstituted forNorwoodat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Norwood
  • 10Kelly
  • 15Oshodi
  • 17Guthrie
  • 25Rodgers
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
1,023

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dom Collins (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  4. Booking

    Daniel Whitehall (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Whitehall (Southport).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood replaces Lee Hughes.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hattersley (Southport).

  18. Post update

    Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Danny Hattersley (Southport) wins a free kick.