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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.

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southport 0, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Jack Ryan replaces Gary Jones.

  4. Substitution

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

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Connor McCarthy (Southport) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Foster (Southport).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Andrai Jones replaces Michael Phenix.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southport. Connor McCarthy replaces Jamie Allen.

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Southport.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

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