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Nottingham Forest 2013

Our 2013 Nottingham Forest game took place on the morning of Sat 18th May at The City Ground and it proved to be a real treat for all the Forest fans in attendance. The game featured 10 goals, plenty more chances beside and a string of great saves from both Keepers as well. The Away team ran out 3-7 winners in the end but both sets of players could be hugely proud of their excellent efforts on the day.

Date: Saturday 18th May 2013
Venue: The City Ground
Nottingham Forest Home vs Nottingham Forest Away
Kick off: 11:00am
Legends: Peter Grummit, Steve Hodge, Frank Wignall and Nigel Jemson
Match Officials: Steve David Baxter, Bob Rushton, Ibrahim Arsali and Ben Deabill

The players marched out onto the pitch to the sound of the Mull of Kintyre, stirring the hearts of players and supporters alike and producing an authentic atmosphere that gave the Forest players a real sense of pride as they prepared to Live the Dream. After shaking hands the coin toss went in favour of the Away side, who chose to change ends while the Home side kicked off.

The Away side looked like the ones who were controlling play initially and only some athletic saves from Home Keeper Chris Annable kept them off the scoreboard. However the No 1 couldn’t keep them out forever. A mis-placed pass by the Home side allowed Legend Nigel Jemson to gather the ball and carry it into the box, his shot was charged down by Annable but the rebound landed at the feet of Away No 9 Dave Taylor, who fired the ball firmly into the back of the net, despite the efforts of the Keeper and two Defenders on the goal line. The Away side had taken the lead in the 17th min (0-1).

The Home side then seemed to make a come back with several chances on goal and one that definitely should have been. Home No 9 Mark Ryan went one on one with the Keeper but the Striker couldn’t get the ball round him. The Home side didn’t let up though and their efforts paid off as the Away defence showed signs of tiring slightly as the clock ticked towards half time. After a great piece of skill to evade his opponent No 8 Bal Singh found his fellow midfielder Sam Neal on the edge of his own box, the big No 8 proceeded to show great skill and athleticism to go the full length of the pitch, dodging all five of the defenders who tried to tackle him, before showing great composure to finish in fantastic style from just inside the box. The scores were level again in the 28th min (1-1).

The goal drought thus far didn't do justice to the raft of chances being created by both teams and it was a wonder how neither side scored during this period, particularly the Home side. Despite the team in Red shirts pretty much monopolizing the ball the Away side struck back again. This time a long pass was initially intercepted by a Home defender, but the ball was picked up by No 10 Mark Taylor who hammered the ball goalwards from over 20 yards out and it proceeded to hit the crossbar and go in. The Away side were back in the lead again with half time approaching fast (1-2).

The Away side then had the perfect chance to draw clear when three players got behind the Defence and were well in the clear. No 20 Andy Harland passed across goal to No 6 Roger Loasby, who was challenged by the keeper and the ball was cleared by a Defender. However No 16 Anthony Sims intercepted, his shot on goal was well struck but Annable was able to pick himself up and dive on the ball to snuff out the danger. He was quite unable to prevent what happened next though. Less than a min later a loose pass in the box landed at the feet of Away Midfielder Mark Taylor, who chalked up his 2nd goal of the game by slipping it past the Defence and the Keeper and increasing his side's lead to 2 goals with only a couple of mins to go in the half (1-3).

Not long afterwards the half was called to an end by the Referee's whistle and both sets of Forest fans jogged off the pitch, proud of their efforts so far.

Half Time: Nottingham Forest Home 1 - 3 Nottingham Forest Away

Half time was a period of motivation and instruction from the two sets of Legends & Managers, with Peter Grummit and Steve Hodge's experience vital in the Home dressing room and Frank Wignall and Nigel Jemson doing the honours for the Away team. The management teams knew their teams could improve and victory could still go either way. After this short rest the teams returned to the pitch and the Away side kicked off.

Both sides looked strong in the latter stages of the first half and the even contest continued into the 2nd half as both teams kept going close but more often than not it was the Keepers who saved the day. The Away team's efforts won out though, after a pass into the box was collected by Anthony Johnson, the No 5 played it cleverly across goal to No 10 Mark Taylor who slotted it into the net for his hat-trick. With the Away side 3 goals to the good with 56 mins gone the result seemed a foregone conclusion at this stage (1-4).

The Home side did not give up though! No 7 Anthony Meade received the ball from the Keeper and then did an almost exact mirror image of Neal’s run earlier, carrying the ball most of the pitch, while doing a one-two pass with a teammate, before taking the ball into the box and firing it past the Dean Gillon in the Away goal (2-4). With the game hitting the hour mark his team were only 2 behind now and a possible comeback was very much on.

The Away side looked to have put their dreams to bed once again though, coming back to score again in the 63rd min. A long pass ahead left Dave Taylor in the clear to go one on one with the Keeper and this time Annable wasn’t able to keep the No 9's shot out (2-5).

Play continued at a quick pace, with neither team letting up and getting plenty of chances, though no one was quite able to get the ball past the keepers…yet. Amazingly the Home team then looked like they might make another comeback after a cross into the box was followed by an overhead kick which landed at the feet of Anthony Meade. The No 7 proceeded to half-volley the ball cross goal and into the bottom left corner. Meade's 2nd goal of the game brought the Home side right back into the contest with just over 10mins to go (3-5).

The Away side almost immediately drove back down the Home end but their initial attack was repelled, if only momentarily. A superbly weighted cross from No 7 Nick Bagnall found Dave Taylor in space again, and the deadly Striker controlled the ball expertly before firing it firmly into the back of the net for his hat-trick (3-6). With full time looming it didn’t look like the Home side would be able to come back from this one!

And so it proved, as the Away side made sure of the result soon afterwards. A dangerous looking cross came into the box and it was volleyed into the back of the net by No 5 Anthony Johnson, who celebrated in style by lifting his shirt to reveal the words "For Josh" (3-7).

It was a touching finale to an excellent game, with the Away team running out worthy winners in the end. However the Home team contributed a huge amount to the game as well and both teams could feel immensely proud as they walked off the pitch to the sound of their supporter's applause.

Full Time: Nottingham Forest Home 3 - 7 Nottingham Forest Away

Man of the Match Home: Chris Annable
Man of the Match Away: Dean Gillon
Moment of the Match: Mark Taylor

Home Team: Chris Annable (C), Paul Millhouse, Steve Hodge, Nathan Belfield, Rob Basford , Sam Neal, Anthony Meade, Baljinder Singh, Mark Ryan, Jamie Marriott, Matthew Carrington, Daniel Sales, Stuart Annable, Barry Frenchman, Andrew Dean-Lee
Home Manager: Peter Grummit
Home Mascots: Alex Young & Brandon Annable

Away Team: Dean Gillon, Mike Finch, Nigel Jemson, Craig Gould (C), Anthony Johnson, Roger Loasby, Nick Bagnall, Edward Smith, Dave Taylor, Mark Taylor, Andrew Harland, Tom Robinson, Myles Godfrey, Anthony Sims, Andrew Cowley
Away Manager: Frank Wignall
Away Mascots: Ryan Loasby & Freddie Sims