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Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Southport

Forest Green continued their 100% start to the National League season but had to hang on to beat Southport and make it nine wins out of nine.

Aaron O'Connor put Rovers ahead, latching on to a clever ball from Sam Wedgbury to score from an acute angle.

Keanu Marsh-Brown made it 2-0 when he converted Kurtis Guthrie's pass.

But Southport replied when Andy Wright headed home from a corner and almost equalised when Jonny Maxted saved Mike Phenix's shot at his near post.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"There's no easy games, we said that before, there was a strong wind and it's a great three points - another record - so we just keep marching on.

"That's nine wins on the spin and that's phenomenal - I've never known that in football, not in my time anyway as a player or a manager.

"We just needed that third goal, if we'd have scored the third goal I think that would have been the end of the game, but they scored and made it 2-1, which was squeaky bum time, but we got over the line, so I'm very pleased.

"This doesn't come along every season, we know we're not going to carry on and win all these games, we're going to lose sometimes and we're going to draw, but we've got to enjoy it while we can."


Forest Green

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Pipe
  • 6Bennett
  • 19Sinclair
  • 10Kelly
  • 16Racine
  • 9Marsh-BrownSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 79'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 11FrearSubstituted forJonesat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Guthrie
  • 7O'ConnorSubstituted forParkinat 82'minutes


  • 4Clough
  • 5Jones
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 15Sam-Yorke
  • 20Parkin


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Coughlin
  • 2Challoner
  • 6FosterBooked at 23mins
  • 4Nolan
  • 8WrightBooked at 20mins
  • 20Davis
  • 22PhenixBooked at 90mins
  • 11Jones
  • 16Rutherford
  • 17AlmondSubstituted forCameronat 80'minutes
  • 15McCarthySubstituted forAllenat 59'minutes


  • 3Beesley
  • 7Allen
  • 14Joyce
  • 19Viscosi
  • 23Cameron
Craig Hicks

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamSouthport
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Darren Jones replaces Elliott Frear.

  4. Booking

    Michael Phenix (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).

  6. Post update

    Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Liam Nolan (Southport) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Courtney Cameron (Southport).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Phenix (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Michael Phenix (Southport) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin replaces Aaron O'Connor.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron O'Connor (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Courtney Cameron replaces Louis Almond.

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