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Southport 0-1 Forest Green Rovers

Kurtis Guthrie (left)
Kurtis Guthrie (left) has now scored nine goals this season

Substitute Kurtis Guthrie scored a last-gasp goal to defeat Southport and send Forest Green top of the table.

Mike Phenix had the best chance of a cagey first half, stabbing his effort wide for the home side.

Southport's Louis Almond and Forest Green's Jon Parkin had shots saved as both teams searched for an opener.

James Jennings' effort was spilled by Max Crocombe and Guthrie turned in the rebound 30 seconds into stoppage time for Rovers' fifth straight win.

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Pennock on Southport v Forest Green

The result saw Forest Green leapfrog Cheltenham into first place, while Southport remain 15th.

Forest Green boss Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It's great, it's a difficult place to come and Southport have done unbelievably well recently and it just shows the true character of us.

"With the Cheltenham result at Dover on Sunday, it was a great way to respond and I'm very proud of the players.

"We've got that never-say-die attitude and it really showed, it's another clean sheet which I'm very pleased with."

Line-ups

Southport

  • 25Crocombe
  • 2Challoner
  • 6Foster
  • 11JonesSubstituted forRyanat 90+3'minutes
  • 12Blakeman
  • 5Thompson
  • 22PhenixSubstituted forJonesat 80'minutes
  • 4Nolan
  • 16Rutherford
  • 17Almond
  • 7AllenSubstituted forMcCarthyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15McCarthy
  • 18Jones
  • 19Viscosi
  • 24Ryan
  • 26Grimshaw

Forest Green

  • 1Arnold
  • 6Bennett
  • 14Moore
  • 9Marsh-Brown
  • 3Jennings
  • 8WedgburyBooked at 27mins
  • 19SinclairSubstituted forPipeat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Clough
  • 20ParkinBooked at 70minsSubstituted forGuthrieat 83'minutes
  • 24CarterSubstituted forWilliamsat 77'minutes
  • 11Frear

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 10Kelly
  • 17Guthrie
  • 18Cooper
  • 26Williams
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
707

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Jack Ryan replaces Gary Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Rob Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

Connor McCarthy (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Luke Foster (Southport).

Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Jon Parkin.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Andrai Jones replaces Michael Phenix.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Connor McCarthy replaces Jamie Allen.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Brett Williams replaces Darren Carter.

Corner, Southport.

Attempt saved. Paul Rutherford (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Michael Phenix (Southport) wins a free kick.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Keanu Marsh-Brown tries a through ball, but Keanu Marsh-Brown is caught offside.

Foul by Michael Phenix (Southport).

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

Corner, Southport.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Southport) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Attempt saved. Paul Rutherford (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

Corner, Southport.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by Gary Jones (Southport).

Sam Wedgbury (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Paul Rutherford (Southport).

Charlie Clough (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

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