Fantastic Rovers continue unbeaten run
With the number of goals equalling the official number of Rovers supporters, this was another bizarre but successful trip ; typically, Forest Green did it their way.
Totally on top in the first half when they should have by rights been up against it with a howling gale in their faces, they then provided glimpses of the frustration felt earlier in the season in the second period when they at times looked capable of surrendering a three goal cushion.
The Supporters' coach broke down on the M5, leaving thirty cold and frustrated fans. The team's engine proved more reliable, and increasingly confident defending against a team with a route one attitude showed again how more disciplined and confident they have become.
After early scares, usually orchestrated by Andy Owens' huge throw, Rovers went ahead on seven minutes.Jake Thomson, a surprise replacement for James Rowe, delivered the perfect corner; Klukowski headed back across goal and Turley poked it in.
Thomson almost doubled the score with a swerving twenty yarder inches wide, but is was the same player instrumental in the second which showed Rovers at their very best.
Norwood received the ball on the left deep inside his own half. He turned his man, an interchange of passes, then fed Thomson with a delectable pass.
The tackle in the area was an obvious penalty, the straight red perhaps not quite so clear cut for Ledsham; Klukowski scored from the spot and Southport were down to ten.
The same player then seemingly put the game beyond doubt, finishing off another sweet move with a good touch and finish, after Southport's frustration boiled over in two ugly challenges which looked al least as bad, certainly more cynical, than the the red card offence.
Three nil up at the break, and the gale in their favour surely Rovers would capitalise even more in the second half? Not a bit of it. Jared Hodgkiss was nursing a tight muscle and he was replaced by Rowe with Thomson moving to right back.
Inexplicably, they lost their shape and their resilliance to the home side's muscular and direct approach and when Owens pulled one back hearts, seasoned by watching Rovers ability to self destruct over the years, began to flutter.
Bond flapped at a few in his last appearance before going back to Watford, but he did well to keep out Carden's effort near the end.
Another great win on the road and Forest Green travel to Darlington on Saturday nestling in a comfortable and potentially threatening ninth place.