Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov edged out Eric Lichaj in an archery contest at the Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.The pair were taught the basics by Team GB archer Patrick Huston before doing battle in the dome.
It took a one-arrow shootout to determine the winner, with Evtimov coming out on top. And the Bulgarian was thrilled with the victory.
Evtimov told Forest Player HD: “I’m on top of the world, I must admit. I’ll be talking about that tomorrow, next week, the week after.
“I’ll be telling everyone I absolutely battered him. I’m so happy.”
A visibly dejected Lichaj was gracious in defeat, declaring himself pleased that the outcome would provide a boost to his team-mate.
He said: “I’ve got to give the younger guys confidence, that’s part of my job as a professional at the football club.”
Huston was shocked Lichaj lost after deeming the American’s technique ‘far better’ than Evtimov’s.
But he will have to shake off the surprise in time for the weekend, when he will compete in the Nottingham Building Society National Series finals at Wollaton Hall.
Huston said: “I’m feeling very confident. Two weekends ago I set a world record at 70 meters, the distance we’re shooting at this weekend.
“I’ve beaten every single person I’m going to come up against on Saturday and it would be really nice to do it in front of a big crowd.
“Wollaton Hall is an absolutely lovely place. It’s gloriously picturesque.
“But I have to say I’m a bit confused by the one-way system in Nottingham!”
Simon Taylor, chief operating officer of Nottingham Building Society, who sponsor the finals and Forest’s academy, was pleased to see graduate Evtimov emerge victorious at a time when a number of young players are in first-team contention.
He said: “It’s great to see some of the young players coming through the academy.
“Over the last ten years we’ve donated more than half-a-million pounds to support that development.”