Nottingham Forest's table-topping Under 18s suffered a first league defeat since mid-October with a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United this afternoon.The Reds were competitive throughout but Kimani Smith's 20th-minute looping header turned out to be enough to claim the three points.
Joe Re and Gerry McDonagh had efforts for Forest that were blocked, before Luke McCormick had a golden opportunity on the stroke of half-time but his shot went inches wide.
The visitors continued to attack in the second period to no avail, as South Yorkshire outfit's defence held firm frustratingly.
Re had another crack from distance which went past the post, and 17-year-old Kieran Hayes nearly converted from close range, although he just couldn't get the right sort of contact on the ball.
Lester's side will be hoping to bounce back and head into the end of season play-offs in good form when they host Birmingham City next Tuesday (5 April, kick-off 11am).
Forest: Wright, Charlesworth, Nielsen (Jemson 36'), Willetts, Preston, McCormick (Smith 62'), Re, Taylor, Gomis, Hayes, McDonagh