No Easter Monday joy for FGR at Southport
An Easter Monday lacking any true football quality saw Forest Green go down to already relegated Southport at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, writes Richard Joyce.
A drab afternoon of football did little to capture the imagination, but a Southport side who had only won twice in 2017 before the game snatched three points thanks to goals from Robbie Cundy and Rory McKeown.
Cundy struck with a good finish and McKeown got on the end of a dangerous delivery into the box to end FGR’s run of three consecutive wins.
It was a first half that wouldn’t live long in the memory as neither side ever got going. Sam Wedgbury tried to get on the end of a deep Charlie Cooper cross early on, while it took until the 32nd minute for the one and only shot of the half.
Jamie Allen did well for the hosts down the left, pulled the ball onto his right foot, but couldn’t find the target as his effort flashed across the face of Sam Russell’s goal.
The second half was equally as drab in its opening exchanges, and finally the game had some life brought to it when just past the hour mark the home side went in front.
Oxford United loanee Robbie Cundy kept his head to hammer in from the edge of the box after the ball had fallen to him from a corner.
And remarkably Southport doubled their lead just minutes later. McKeown got on the end of a ball into the box and provided the touch necessary to beat Russell.
It should have been three were it not for an unbelievable miss from Allen. Another McKeown effort beat Russell, but not the post, and as it cannoned out into the path of the home side’s forward Allen he blazed over with the goal gaping.
Any possibility of FGR getting back into it seemed unlikely given their lack of creativity in front of goal, and a rare chance fell Doidge’s way in the last ten minutes, but he could only touch the ball wide from Liam Noble’s cross.
Southport still offered a threat on the break - so much so that when Liam Nolan found a way past Monthe, Russell had to be called upon to make a good save diving low to his right.
Meanwhile down the other end another Doidge opening saw the front man glance a header wide from Wedgbury’s driven ball into the area.
It would be the final opportunity of a forgettable afternoon for Rovers, who welcome Maidstone to The New Lawn next on Saturday.
Report: Richard Joyce
Photo: Shane Healey/Pro Sports Images