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MATCH REPORT: Gedling Miners Welfare FC 0 – 7 Nottingham Forest U23

Forest U23 show their class as Gedling exit the Notts Senior Cup at the quarter final stage

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Nottinghamshire Senior Cup Quarter Final

January 3, 2023

It took only 2 minutes for the visitors to craft their first chance, Oli Hammond who has featured for the first team this season was denied from 8 yards by Louis Richardson 

The Miners who were playing their first game in 3 weeks almost took the lead, a in swinging Kieran Harrison free kick caused havoc in the Forest box before the ball was cleared off the line and to safety.  

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On 26 minutes the academy took the lead Billy Fewster latched onto a loose ball in the middle of the park before hitting a sweet strike from 20 yards that found the top right corner.  

On 35 minutes Forest extended their lead, a ball over the top caught the Gedling backline out and Esapa Osong went 1v1 with Richardson before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner and the academy went into the break leading 0-2 

Gedling came out for the 2nd half fighting and on 51 minutes the hosts tested the Forest shot stopper for the first time, Jack Jepson and Tyrell Shannon-Lewis combined well down the left before Jepson burst into the area but his effort from a tight angle was tipped over the bar.  

But 4 minutes later the reds extended their lead, Shannon-Lewis lost possession and Osong slipped in Hammond who had a 4v1 and he gave it back to Osong to slot in from 6 yards.  

Forest were really turning the screw and on 72 minutes Hammond had his goal, he found some space in the area but he hit a left footed effort from inside the d which found the top left corner leaving Richardson no chance in the hosts goal.  

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Just 2 minutes later Osong had his hat-trick, he beat the offside trap again before smashing the ball past Richardson from 10 yards to extend the visitors lead.  

On 82 minutes the hosts night got worse, Harrison was shown a straight red card for dissent after he felt like he was fouled in a passage of play.  

On 84 minutes Forest added a sixth and it was the pick of the bunch, Fewster ran onto a lay off Hammond and his effort from 25 yards nestled in the top left corner for his 2nd of the night.  

The scoring was complete in the 89th minute as substitute Lewis Salmon flicked in a cross from Alex Gibbs-Hammond as the hosts failed to clear and the visitors progressed to the semi-final of the Notts Senior Cup. 

Attendance – 310  

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Gedling Team  

Louis Richardson, Josh Thornton (C), Ross McCaughey, Kieran Harrison, Josh Stevenson (Paolo Piliero 45’), Adrian Hawes, Jack Jepson (Danny Dixon 65’), Greg Tempest, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis (Exauce Nsiala 65’), Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Courtney Hastings (Cameron Thurgood 73’) 

Next Game – Holwell Sports (A), 07/01/23, UCL Divison 1, 3:00PM Kick Off 

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