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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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 5, Southport 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Louis Almond (Southport).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Donnelly (Southport).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Corby Moore (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Scott Kay (Southport) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke George (Southport).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers).

  12. Post update

    George Donnelly (Southport) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scott Kay (Southport).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. 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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Forest Green Rovers).

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