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22 February 2019 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Nottingham Forest U23
2 - 2
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Leeds United U23

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Match preview: Under 23s vs Leeds

22 February 2019

Nottingham Forest Under 23s take on league leaders Leeds United at the Impact Arena in the Professional Development League on Friday evening (kick-off 7pm).

The Reds are unbeaten in their last two games after picking up a point on the road at Barnsley last Friday thanks to Victor Sodeinde’s late leveller in South Yorkshire and they could climb from 9th to 6th with a win.

Their opponents this time are currently leading the pack in the Professional Development League and are in fine form, running out 2-0 winners against Bolton Wanderers on Monday. Forest lost 2-0 at Leeds back in October last year.

The official academy Twitter account will have live updates from the game while a full match report will be available shortly after the final whistle at nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Admission prices at Alfreton Town's Impact Arena are £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions and tickets are available on the gate.

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Forest 2-2 Leeds

22 February 2019

Two second-half goals denied Nottingham Forest Under 23s all three points at the Impact Arena on Friday evening as they drew 2-2 with Leeds United in the Professional Development League.

First-half goals from Arvin Appiah and Leo Bonatini put The Reds in a good position, before Bobby Kamwa and an own goal meant the game finished level.

The Reds made the perfect start on four minutes when Appiah opened the scoring. The winger ran from the half-way line, skipping past two men, before unleashing a low shot into the bottom left hand corner.

Leeds responded well however and nearly levelled when Kamwa almost slipped through Mateusz Bogusz, but Jordan Wright did well to claim the loose ball first.  Whites midfielder Alfie McCalmont then tried his luck from long-range but saw his effort sail over the bar.

The visitors continued to create some half chances, but it was Forest who doubled their lead on 32 minutes through Bonatini. Brennan Johnson ran through the Leeds defence before sliding in the Wolves loanee, who coolly slotted the ball into the corner to put The Reds two up going into the break.

Leeds made two changes at the break with Pascal Struijk and Ryan Edmondson coming on to replace Barry Douglas and Alfie McCalmont and they were the quickest out of the blocks in the second half. That showed when they pulled a goal back after Kamwa’s low shot beat Wright at his near post.

The visitors were in the ascendancy for most of the second half and they eventually grabbed a leveller when Bruce Hosannah fizzed in a dangerous cross which was turned into his own net by Jayden Richardson.

Forest then made a trip substitution as Kieran Hayes, Victor Sodeinde and Joe Coveney came on to replace Karim Ansarifard, Leo Bonatini and Molla Wagué.

Leeds had the better of the chances in the final ten minutes, but Forest could have snatched a winner when Sodeinde ran through on goal, but his dinked effort went over the ‘keeper and landed onto the roof of the net.

The Reds had Wright to thank late on when he fantastically tipped over a rasping drive from Edmondson onto the bar and away for a corner, as it finished level at the Impact Arena.

Forest: Wright, Richardson, Spooner, Fornah, Wagué (c) (Coveney 74’), Stewart, Appiah, Johnson, Bonatini (Sodeinde 74’), Ansarifard (Hayes 74’), En-Neyah

Subs not used: Soloha, Megaritis

Goals: Appiah 4’, Bonatini 32’

Attendance: 289

Words by Harry Webster and images by Callum Jordan.

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