Charlie Jemson made his debut for Nottingham Forest's Under 18s in their 2-0 defeat against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.The son of former Reds striker Nigel started in the centre of defence and looked assured but couldn't prevent the worthy League Two South leaders going away from the Nigel Doughty Academy with victory.
The visitors started the game brightly but it was Kevin MacDonald's men who went close first as Liam Adams delivered a plum cross for Aidan Austin whose half-volley darted just over.
Brentford were playing authoritatively but it was the hosts who continued to plough forward looking for the opener. Jemson's central defensive partner Alex Iacovitti came close but unconvincingly stubbed the ball over the bar following a scramble in the box.
Winger Adams found room in the area and was frustrated to see his shot squirm underneath the keeper and into the side netting and the away side soon made Forest pay.
Julias Fenn-Evans took advantage of Elvis Otim's lack of concentration in his unfamiliar position of right-back and he laid it on a plate for explosive striker Kingsley Eshun who fired home.
The goal upped Brentford's confidence and they ended the half flourishing with Tom Field having their best opportunity with seconds remaining of the first half, but the hosts were let off.
The Bees began the second period in the same manner they ended the first and had Forest on the back foot once again, but a golden opportunity was cleared off the line in the herd of bodies.
The Reds failed to have sustained spells of possession and use the ball productively against their efficient opponents. Absentees including the likes of Jack Kelly, Joe Worrall and Adam Crookes were missed and the West London outfit soon doubled their lead.
A corner wasn't cleared and it was Eshun again who confidently back-heeled the ball into the net. Both sides had their chances as the game neared its conclusion, with substitute Kasheme Walton and Gerry McDonagh both coming close with headers as Forest surged forward in desperation looking for a way back into the game.
A route back in wasn't found and MacDonald's men have another home game next week to repair the frustrations as they face Coventry City on Saturday (25 October, 11am kick-off)
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Forest: Dearle (Boyd 77'), E Otim, Jemson (Karo 49'), Iacovitti, Worthington, Adams (Walton 69'), Gamblen, Yates, Austin, Thomas, McDonagh