Nottingham Forest Under 18s suffered a 2-0 defeat against Barnsley in challenging conditions at Oakwell Training Ground on Saturday.
A brace from Angus Chapman condemned Forest to a narrow loss in South Yorkshire which means they will have to wait for their first win since November.
Chances were few and far between in the opening stages as both sides tried to get a foothold on proceedings. Aaron Donnelly tried his luck from inside his own half which dropped just wide of target, before Ethan Dekel-Daks saw a 25-yard effort whistle over the bar.
Franky Amekortu had the first clear-cut opportunity on 24 minutes after a well-worked move made its way to the Forest winger inside the penalty area. He jinked onto his left foot, however, his low drive was well saved by Barnsley goalkeeper Archie Brown.
But it was Barnsley who took the lead just before the half hour mark. Chapman was played through on goal and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner past Michael Statham.
The visitors responded well to going behind and had a chance moments before the break. Dekel Daks’ corner was cleared straight to Oliver Hammond, who could only fire a long-range effort wide, as Forest trailed at half-time.
Barnsley began the second period on the front foot, with an intent to add a second goal and created a couple of superb chances to do so.
Firstly, Brad Binns weaved his way into the penalty area past a couple of defenders, but dragged his shot inches past the post. Then moments later, Connor Hodgson found half-a-yard of space before hitting a powerful strike that crashed off the woodwork and Forest cleared.
Gareth Holmes introduced substitute Detlef Esapa-Osong on 60 and he was involved in an excellent opening for The Reds, but his effort was held by Brown, before Amekortu hit the post with a low drive from inside the box.
Forest continued to push for a leveller and Alexander Gibson-Hammond came close with a close-range attempt and a one-on-one chance, but Brown was there to deny the winger on both occasions with smart stops.
However, Barnsley doubled their advantage against the run of play with just 15 minutes to play after Binns pulled the ball back to Chapman, who steered home his second of the match from close-range.
The visitors pressed in an attempt to grab a goal back, but Barnsley stood firm to seal the victory and leapfrog Forest in the Professional Development League.
Forest: Statham, Bello, McAdam, Soloman, Sanders (c) (Barker 90’), Donnelly, Amerkortu (Korpal 81’), Hammond, Gibson-Hammond, Dekel-Daks, Perkins (Esapa-Osong 60’)
Subs not used: Bolt, Naion