Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.
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."
- 9Marsh-BrownSubstituted forSam-Yorkeat 79'minutes
- 11FrearSubstituted forJonesat 90+3'minutes
- 7O'ConnorSubstituted forParkinat 82'minutes
- 6FosterBooked at 23mins
- 8WrightBooked at 20mins
- 22PhenixBooked at 90mins
- 17AlmondSubstituted forCameronat 80'minutes
- 15McCarthySubstituted forAllenat 59'minutes
- Craig Hicks
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Southport 1.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Darren Jones replaces Elliott Frear.
Michael Phenix (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).
Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).
Liam Nolan (Southport) wins a free kick.
Foul by Courtney Cameron (Southport).
Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.
Attempt saved. Michael Phenix (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Foul by David Pipe (Forest Green Rovers).
Michael Phenix (Southport) wins a free kick.
Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin replaces Aaron O'Connor.
Attempt missed. Aaron O'Connor (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.
Substitution, Southport. Courtney Cameron replaces Louis Almond.