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Nottingham Forest 2015

The City Ground was looking immaculate as the Nottingham Forest players took to the pitch for our 2015 game and the players made the best of the excellent conditions, serving up a game to remember. The lucky Forest Fans in the stands witnessed 14 goals, with at least 3 of them being Goal of the Season contenders as well! The Away team ran out 6-8 winners thanks to Matthew Botley’s fantastic 5 goal haul, but the Home team played their part in a thrilling encounter.   

Date: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Venue: The City Ground
Nottingham Forest (Home) vs Nottingham Forest (Away)
Kick Off: 10:00 am
Match Officials: Rob Townsend, Colt Simpson, Anthony Giles & Tom Tolond

The Home team kicked off proceedings wearing the traditional Red shirts and Whits shorts and were quick to go on the attack, with good work from No 7 George Simpson forcing an early corner, however the Away team’s defence coped well and they cleared the danger comfortably.

The Away team responded immediately and their striker Matthew Botley went on a bullocking run through the centre of the defence, however he was cut down in full stride by Roger Loasby, who was slightly fortunate not to be shown a card! Botley took the free-kick himself and drew a great save from Mark Turner, the ball rebounded to his Father Andy Botley, however the keeper made a great 2nd save to deny Botley Snr as well. Dean Boden fired in at the 3rd attempt, however the offside flag was up and goalkeeper Turner celebrated as if he’d scored a goal!

Up the other end Loasby tested Away GK Andrew Till with a shot from distance, however the keeper was up to the challenge and clawed the ball away for a corner. The team in White shirts were pressing hard though and Matthew Botley was unlucky to see his effort fly over the bar after he created the room for a shot with a skilful flick over the defender’s head. The goal wasn’t long in coming though and when Robert George played in Matthew Botley again on 14mins he brilliantly turned inside onto his right foot before executing a tremendous chip over the keeper from the edge of the area (0-1). It was a fantastic piece of skill and a definite Goal of the Season contender!

The Home team’s No 6 Matt Gough did well to create a chance for No 11 David Heason soon afterwards, however Heason’s well struck effort was saved well by Andrew Till. Chances were coming thick and fast at both ends now and when Matthew Botley created a chance for Robert George, the No 8’s shot looked goal-bound, however Mark Turner flung himself to his right and somehow tipped the ball onto the cross-bar. What a save! The goal wasn’t long in coming for the Away team though and when Nick Medlicott found Matthew Botley in space on the left he outpaced Roger Milner and cleverly poked the ball low past Turner to double his team’s lead on 24mins (0-2).

Botley had another chance a few mins later, however the two goal striker dragged his shot just beyond the far post. The deadly No 11 then jinked inside a defender and curled a shot goalwards, however much to his disappointment the ball rebounded off the far post and away to safety. The Away team weren’t to be denied though. Brett Davids started the move with a clever pass inside the full back to right winger Matthew Ely, the No 7’s shot was well saved by Turner, however when the ball was cut back across goal by Ely that mam Matthew Botley was in the perfect spot to side foot the ball into the unguarded net (0-3). It had taken just 30mins for Botley to bag his hat-trick!

The Home team came right back at the team in White though and it took a fantastic block from Andrew Till to deny flying winger George Simpson. They got their reward on 39mins though, Barry Maclure played a quick free kick to No 15 Mark Feehan, and the defender’s screamer of a shot from 35 yards flew over the keeper’s outstretched arms and into the roof of the net (1-3). We had another contender for Goal of the Season!!

However their celebrations were short lived, within 60secs the Away team’s Dean Boden had played Matthew Botley in again and the striker cleverly lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net for his 4th goal of the game (1-4)!

The Home team’s keeper Mark Turner was in great form and he made another excellent save from Matthew Ely’s shot soon after. Matthew Botley had a great chance to get his 5th goal mins later, however his chip was just too high. However the pressure told and right on halftime the Whites got their 5th goal. A free kick was floated into the box by Brett Davids, Matthew Botley headed the ball down to Matthew Ely and his shot from 6 yards was delfected past the keeper by the luckless George Simpson (1-5). The ball was going in anyway so the dubious goals panel awarded the goal to Ely!

The half-time whistle went with the score 1-5 to the Away team, it had been a hugely entertaining 45mins, with both teams playing some great football, however the Home team went into the break knowing they had a lot to do to get back into the game. 

Half Time: Nott'm Forest (Home) 1 - 5 Nott'm Forest (Away)

The Home team started the half well, with substitute RB Josh Clifford looking a threat down the right flank and they almost got a goal back after just a few mins, however Captain Matthew Chadwick’s powerful strike was brilliantly saved by Andrew Till when it looked destined for the top corner. However Matthew Chadwick wasn’t to be denied and he got his goal straight from the resulting corner. A dangerous ball was played into the 6 yard box by George Simpson and when Chadwick went up for a header along with 2 defenders the ball rebounded to him and he smashed a volley into the net (2-5).

The Home team had their tails up now and when Dean Boden handled the ball from a corner the referee pointed to the spot. Matthew Chadwick made no mistake from the spot, calmly side-footing the ball into the right hand corner past the diving Till (3-5). With 55mins on the clock the Home team were only 2 goals down and sensed the opportunity of a come-back.

However the Whites wasted no time in dampening their enthusiasm, with 58mins gone a long free-kick from the back evaded the Home defence and this time it was Andy Botley who showed his class to control the ball instantly and side foot it past the advancing keeper into the net (3-6).

The game continued to be an all action affair, and Josh Clifford went close with a curling effort for the Home team, however it was the Away team who extended their lead on 65mins. Andy Botley gathered the ball in the centre of the field, his through to Matthew Botley just evaded the defence and the powerful striker’s well hit shot made it past keeper Mark Turner’s despairing dive (3-7). That was the striker’s 5th goal of the game, and he was already a shoe-in for the MOTM award!

The Home team came right back at the Away team though and narrowed the gap on 69mins. Striker David Heason recovered the ball 35 yards out and looked up and saw George Simpson making a great run to the back post, the No 11 picked him out with an inch perfect cross and the winger’s powerful header made it past keeper Andrew Till and into the near post (4-7).

The Home team were full of confidence now and they bagged another goal 3mins later! Away keeper Andrew Till came racing out of his goal to cut out an attack and cleared the ball up field, however his clearance went straight to George Simpson, on the right hand side of the halfway line. The No 7 smacked a Beckham-esque effort 1st time, from fully 50 yards out and the ball sailed over the keeper and into the net (5-7). It was an incredible goal and another Goal of the Season contender!

The Home team almost narrowed the gap further a few mins later, however Chadwick’s curling effort was just off target. The team in Red continued to press and with Matt Gough a constant danger down the right they were unlucky when Till made another good stop with his legs to deny them soon after. 

The Whites were still a danger on the break though and it took a great save from Mark Turner to deny Botley his 6th goal of the game when he looked destined to score. However they did manage to add to their tally on 85mins. Barry Frenchman played a clever ball to Terry Rickeard on the edge of the box and the No 17 spun on a sixpence before despatching the ball into the net from the edge of the area (5-8).

The Home team weren’t finished yet though and George Simpson was very unfortunate to see his right foot shot rebound off the post. However the team in Red shirts didn’t have to wait long and they got their 6th goal on 88mins. The ever dangerous George Simpson played an excellent cross into the danger area, which Matthew Chadwick met perfectly on the volley, the ball crashed back off the bar however David Heason was in the perfect position to fire the ball home from 10 yards out (6-8). 

The Home team poured forward to try to close the gap further, however the Away defence held firm and the whistle went for full-time soon afterwards. It had been an incredible 14 goal game, however the Away side just edged the result thanks to Matthew Botley’s impressive 5 goal haul. The Home side had given it their all in the 2nd half though and both teams received a rousing reception when they left the pitch. 

Full time: Nott'm Forest (Home) 6 - 8 Nott'm Forest (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): George Simpson
Man of the Match (Away): Matthew Botley
Moment of the Match: Mark Feehan

Home Team: Mark Turner, Roger Loasby, Roger Milner, Kevin Banks, Matt Gough, George Simpson, Barry Maclure, Matthew Chadwick, Neil Murdoch, David Heason,
Mark Feehan, Josh Clifford, Gary Jones
Home Mascot: Grace Turner

Away Team: Andrew Till, Gary Jones, Gavin Baxter, Nick Medlicott, Brett Davids, Matthew Ely, Robert George, Andy Botley, Dean Boden, Matthew Botley, Thomas Eaton, Gary Clarke, Barry Frenchman, Terry Rickeard
Away Mascot: Shakira Ely