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Nottingham Forest 2010

You might have expected our Forest fans to be deflated when they arrived for the 1st Football Aid game at the City Ground since 2004. After a highly successful season the 1st team had the chance to reach the Play-Off Final only days before and an opportunity to get to where many still believe they belong, back in the Premier League. Unfortunately after an enthralling, end-to-end game that finished 3-4 after 90mins (and 4-6 on aggregate), the Tangerine army of Blackpool were on their way to Wembley instead. Despite the week's events it was clear to see that playing in the Forest jersey at the City Ground was a real dream for all involved and not one of the participants was going to let the first-team's defeat affect what was going to be a memorable day!

Thursday 13th May 2010
Nottingham Forest Home vs. Nottingham Forest Away
Kick-Off: 12:00pm
Legends: Frank Wignall, Steve Hodge, Peter Grummitt and Craig Armstrong
Match Officials: Joshua Bramall, Matt Tyres, Paul Cooper and James Bell

The Away team got the match underway and from the kick-off both teams enthusiastically battled it out with both determined to take control of the game. It seemed very evenly matched in the middle of the park however Doug Kington nearly opened the scoring for the Home team with a long range effort. The ball sailed past Lee Randall in goals but the linesman had already flagged for offside.

Next up was the Away team's chance to opening the scoring when Neil Greenfield collected the ball out wide left and played the ball to the feet of Roger Milner. The No 7 turned beautifully with the ball at his feet and skipped in to the box but his right-footed effort went flying over the crossbar.

Another offside goal, this time at the other end of the field, meant that despite David Kingscott hitting the back of the net with a curling effort the scores stayed tied at 0 - 0. There were no real protests from the Away team which strongly suggests that the linesman made the correct decision.

Tempers flared as both teams got frustrated with not being able to find net. Laurence Tremayne brought down Jonathan Foister in the middle of the field and a heated discussion followed between the pair. Foister nearly got the upper-hand though when he came close from a corner but a good save from Steve McLean made sure that was not the case.

Not long before the break the Away team got the all important opening goal. Greenfield tried to play the ball inside but the Home team slid in to challenge, the ball however fell to Kingscott who then cut the ball back to Richard Issitt. The captain kept his cool and slotted home with a first time shot from just inside the area. It was a very composed finished by Issitt which came much to the delight of his fellow team-mates (0-1).

Half-Time: Nottingham Forest Home 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest Away

It was the Home team that got the 2nd half underway, pushing forward straight from the whistle determined to get the equaliser. The Away team, obviously high in confidence, fought back however and after winning a series of consecutive corners got the second goal of the game.

The ball came swinging in from the right but Matthew Guise was up well to clear. The clearance only went as far as Craig Armstrong who continued in to the box before crossing towards the six yard box. The ball was met by the head of Roger Milner who powered a fantastic effort past McLean from close range. The defence should have picked up his run but credit to the No 7, a deadly header which left the keeper with no chance (0-2).

Almost immediately the Home team hit back with great team-work which was rewarded with a goal. Legend Steve Hodge bombed forward skipping past defender after defender, until he was brought down inside the box by the last man and it looked like a stonewall penalty, however the referee played the advantaged when the ball fell to Darren Haertel. The substitute played the ball across goal to Kington but with his back to goal he laid it to Daniel Steele at the edge of the area. Steele hammered a shot at goal which smacked the underside of the bar and crossed the line before bouncing back out. Just to make sure the Home team got their goal Kington nodded the ball into the net for all the doubters who may have claimed it didn't cross the line (1-2).

The game was really picking up pace now, the Home team doing all they could do get an equaliser. They came close when Steve Hodge latched on to a great cross by Gary O'Hagan with a header but Lee Randall pulled of a wonderful save. The ball looked destined for the bottom right corner but Randall leapt and managed to get his fingertips to the ball and keep it out.

Richard Issitt then grabbed his second goal of the game but unfortunately for the Away team Captain it was at the wrong end of the field. Hodge took the corner short to Sutton who played it back to Hodge. The ex-professional then hit the ball low across goal and the outstretched leg of Issitt turned the ball past his own goalkeeper. It was an unfortunate goal to lose to and make the scores level but Issitt's team mates took it in good spirit giving him a bit of stick for his mistake (2-2). 

It was turning into an excellent contest now with both teams really going for it. The Away team pushed forward with Armstrong bombing down the left wing before cutting inside and forcing McLean to save. The rebound fell for Milner but with pressure from the defenders his effort went flying over the top.

As the second-half progressed the next goal fell for the Away team when Armstrong's through ball allowed Milner to cross from the by-line. His cross sailed over the box to Adam Cuthbert who brought it down well and volleyed the ball into the corner of the net, an excellent finish by the young full-back (2-3).

It was like it was scripted. Every time the Away team went ahead, the Home team pulled it back. Only through sheer determination and grit were they able to keep plugging away and not let their heads drop and this showed in the last minutes of the game. Horton carried the ball forward before passing to Kington at the edge of the box. Kington tried to muscle his way though before sliding the ball to Hodge inside the area. Steve Hodge made no mistake and lobbed the ball past the keeper to his right and into the corner of the net; it was another excellent response from the Home team to level the scores (3-3).

Full-Time: Nottingham Forest Home 3-3 Nottingham Forest Away

With the teams tied after 90 mins the game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, scoring went as follows (Home team went first):

Jonny Heald - Missed (GK deflected it off the far post to safety) 0-0
Neil Greenfield - Scored (Low and hard to the left, sent GK the wrong way) 0-1
Benjamin Horton
- Scored (Left footed, cleverly wrong footed the GK) 1-1
Ashley Buckland - Scored (Well struck, just made it though the GK's gloves) 1-2
Laurence Tremayne - Scored (Excellently placed into top left hand corner) 2-2
Jonathan Foister - Missed (Well hit but straight at the GK who stood up well) 2-2
Steve Hodge - Scored (Left footed, hard and low past the GK's dive) 3-2
Adam Cuthbert - Scored (Did well to wrong foot GK and place it to the right) 3-3
Steve McLean (GK) - Missed (Threw down his gloves but dragged it left of the post!) 3-3
Colin Griffiths - Missed (Brilliant save by the GK, pushing the well hit shot onto the post) 3-3
Doug Kington - Scored (Hard and low underneath the GK's left hand) 4-3
Luke Wilkinson - Scored (In off the underside of the bar, just over the line!) 4-4
David Blakemore - Scored (Left footed down the middle with the GK diving early) 5-4
David Kingscott - Missed (GK guessed right and palmed the shot away to win it for his team!) 5-4

Home team won 5-4 on Penalties

Man of the Match Home: Steve McLean
Man of the Match Away: Colin Griffiths
Moment of the Match: Daniel Steele

Home Team: Steve McLean, Jonny Heald, Steve Hodge, Matthew Guise, Laurence Tremayne, Stuart Baty, Luke Wilkinson, Benjamin Horton, David Blakemore, Daniel Steele, Doug Kington, Nicholas Sutton, Gary O'Hagan, Darren Haertel Manager: Frank Wignall

Mascot: Charlotte Baty

Away Team: Lee Randall, Adam Cuthbert, Craig Armstrong, Ashley Buckland, Colin Griffiths, Richard Issitt, Roger Milner, Neil Greenfield, David Kingscott, David Buckland, Jonathan Foister, Richard Issitt, David Melling, Richard Hughes Manager: Peter Grummitt

Mascot: Mitchell Buckland