A brace from Arvin Appiah and a strike from Connor Smith helped Nottingham Forest Under 18s to come from behind to beat Charlton Athletic 3-2 on Saturday.Charlton enjoyed the better of the early play at the Nigel Doughty Academy but Forest enjoyed a strong end to the first half and took the lead through Appiah’s first goal of the afternoon.
Despite The Reds' positive first-half performance, Charlton hit back and levelled shortly before half-time and then took the lead shortly after the interval.
The visitors dominated the early exchanges in the second half but Forest weren’t about to take defeat easily and got a deserved equaliser through Smith midway through the half.
And with only four minutes to play Appiah popped up with a winning goal to leave head coach Gareth Holmes delighted with his side’s character and spirit.
He said: “We came up against a very good Charlton side and, even after going behind, the lads showed great desire and application to keep going and get the result.
“Once we’d settled into the game and found our feet, we looked comfortable and in control of the ball and that really pleased me. There were a lot of really positive signs and obviously we got a good result to go with it.”
The Under 18s have now recorded back-to-back victories and have a two-week break before they entertain Bolton Wanderers at the Nigel Doughty Academy (Saturday 1st October, kick-off 12pm).
Forest: J.Wright, Charlesworth, Willetts, Smith, Jemson, Harbottle, McCormick, Re (c), Swann, McClean, Appiah
Subs: Taylor, Shelvey, En-Neyah, Stewart, Johnson