National League
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Cheltenham Town 3-0 Southport

Cheltenham scored three second-half goals to ease past Southport and secure their first league win of the season.

Defender Aaron Downes headed the hosts into the lead shortly after half-time.

Amari Morgan-Smith then netted twice in the space of six minutes to leave Southport with one point from their first three league games.

Louis Almond went closest for the visitors, who are yet to score this season, but his effort was well saved by Robins goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We were all a little bit frustrated these last couple of games, I know the fans wanted four goals, but I think three was enough.

"It was a release of the pressure because we'd been playing alright.

"It was an important one to win, I knew the pressure that we were under to really get that win.

"We didn't want people to doubt us, so now we can move forward with confidence."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Barthram
  • 5Downes
  • 4Storer
  • 3McLennanSubstituted forBowenat 81'minutes
  • 6Parslow
  • 7Pell
  • 9WrightSubstituted forCookeat 83'minutes
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 11Munns
  • 8WatersSubstituted forHallat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 16Hanks
  • 23Bowen
  • 27Cooke

Southport

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Coughlin
  • 2Challoner
  • 6Foster
  • 4Nolan
  • 5Thompson
  • 3Beesley
  • 23CameronSubstituted forAllenat 57'minutes
  • 14Joyce
  • 22PhenixSubstituted forMcCarthyat 66'minutes
  • 11Jones
  • 17Almond

Substitutes

  • 7Allen
  • 12Blakeman
  • 15McCarthy
  • 16Rutherford
  • 19Viscosi
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
2,251

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home17
Away17
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Southport 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 3, Southport 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

  4. Post update

    Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Asa Hall (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor McCarthy (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Post update

    Jamie Allen (Southport) wins a free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Josh Cooke replaces Daniel Wright.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 3, Southport 0. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Wright with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Bowen replaces George McLennan.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Cheltenham Town 2, Southport 0. Amari Morgan-Smith (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Munns.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Allen (Southport).

  20. Post update

    Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.