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Under 18s: Forest 3-1 Hull

30 August 2016

A hat-trick from Virgil Gomis helped Nottingham Forest Under 18s secure their first win of the campaign with a 3-1 victory over Hull City at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

Forest had suffered defeats to Colchester United and Ipswich Town in the opening two matches of the season but made no mistake this time around as Gomis struck on 17, 48 and 90 minutes to seal all three points.

The Frenchman opened the scoring in the first half as he latched on to a superb through-ball from Kyle McClean, raced past the Hull defence and fired low into the bottom corner of the net.

The Reds were playing with plenty of confidence and doubled their advantage three minutes into the second half as Gomis was on hand from six yards out to stab the ball home from a left-wing cross.

Hull halved the deficit but Forest were not about to throw their lead away this time as Gomis sealed his hat-trick in the final minute from just outside the area to leave head coach Gareth Holmes delighted at the result.

He said: "Obviously the result is very pleasing and I thought the lads showed great character to close the game out after Hull had got a goal back. We had thrown two-goal leads away in the first two matches and I'm delighted we got the victory this time.

"Virgil has been playing a more-central position this season which has helped him and he's improving all the time. I thought he played superbly last year when Ben Brereton got the headlines but he's started this campaign in fantastic form.

"The lads are showing a great willingness to learn and improve at the moment which is good to see. This result is going to boost confidence and we'll need to take that into next weekend's game at Sheffield Wednesday."

Forest: Wright, Charlesworth, Preston, Smith, Jemson, Harbottle (Stewart 78'), McClean (Johnson 66'), Re, Gomis, Barnes (Willetts 61'), McCormick

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