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29 June 2019 Venue Impact Arena Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Alfreton Town
1 - 2
Nottingham Forest

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Match Reports

Alfreton 1-2 Forest

29 June 2019

Nottingham Forest kicked off pre-season with a 2-1 victory against Alfreton Town at the Impact Arena this afternoon.

Goals in each half by Brennan Johnson and Karim Ansarifard ensured a positive start to their preparations for the new season, with new head coach Sabri Lamouchi watching on from the stands.

Played in sweltering heat, there was an expectedly slow tempo to the game to begin with as both sides tried to find their rhythm.

The first chance of the game fell to Forest on 10 minutes as Arvin Appiah’s low cross was steered towards the far post by Lewis Grabban, but the frontman was denied by a fine saw low down by keeper Tom Nicholson.

The opening goal, however, was gifted to Alfreton on 16 minutes as Dec Bacon capitalised on a lapse in concentration by Joe Worrall at the back, with the forward calmly slotting past Costel Pantilimon.

The Reds were dominating possession and were able to get down the sides of the Town defence but their rearguard held firm before a drinks break halfway through the opening period.

Refuelled, Forest stepped it up a gear with Grabban again denied by Nicholson following a fine pass by Joao Carvalho and on 39 minutes they were level through the impressive Brennan Johnson.

Some neat play on the edge of the box saw Grabban clip it in the air for Joe Lolley who knocked the ball down for Johnson to finish first time into the far corner.

Grabban could have put Forest ahead just before half-time, latching onto Lolley’s through ball but he couldn’t beat Nicholson.

All square at the break and all change for Forest, with a whole new team taking to the field including new signing Sammy Ameobi.

Ameobi was at the heart of things for The Reds, driving forward and getting in some dangerous crosses. Matty Cash headed wide and Ben Osborn saw a free kick saved as Forest went in search of the winner.

It came on 83 minutes as Ameobi ran with the ball to the byline and pulled it back for Karim Ansarifard to convert from close range and seal an opening pre-season win.

Forest 1st half: Pantilimon, Richardson, Dawson (c), Worrall, Robinson, Yacob, Johnson, Lolley, Carvalho, Appiah, Grabban

Forest 2nd half: Steele, Cash, Watson (c), Figueiredo, Osborn, Yates, Bridcutt, Walker, Ameobi (Fornah 87’), Murphy, Ansarifard

Goals: Johnson 39’, Ansarifard 83’

Attendance: 1,799

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Ticket News

Tickets: Alfreton (A)

18 June 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's pre-season trip to Alfreton Town are now on general sale.

The Reds visit the Impact Arena on Saturday 29th June (kick-off 3pm) in their first pre-season friendly as part of their preparations for the 2019-20 Championship season.

The club have received the full allocation of 2,500 unreserved tickets which are priced as follows:

Adults (18-64s)


Over 65s and Under 18s*


*Proof of age will be requested at the turnstiles as a compulsory measure. 

Dates of sale:

Monday 10th June

2019-20 away members


Wednesday 12th June

Season card holders

Online only

Friday 14th June

Season card holders*


Tuesday 18th June

General sale*


*Subject to availability  

Supporters with accessibility needs

Supporters who have registered accessible needs with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving the higher rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone on 0115 982 4388 or in-person at the ticket office.  However, specific wheelchair provision will be handled by Alfreton Town on matchday.

Official coach travel

There will be no official coach travel offered for this fixture.

Access to tickets

The ticket office is currently awaiting receipt of these tickets and will ensure that further information on collections (if requested) is made as soon as the club is in possession of them.

Book your tickets in-person, online at or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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