Nottingham Forest Under 18s suffered their first home defeat of the season after they fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Alexander Gibson-Hammond gave The Reds the lead with a superb solo effort before United scored three goals to turn the game on its head and although Kyle McAdam pulled one back for Forest, it was too little, too late.
Forest started the brighter of the two teams and created a couple of good chances within the first few minutes.
Firstly, Trialist’s cross was met by Elliott Andrew, who could only steer his header over the bar. Then moments later, Andrew’s had an opportunity from a free-kick, but his 25-yard effort was blocked.
The Blades grew into the contest and began to cause Forest a few problems. In the 29th minute, Harrison Foulstone’s dangerous cross found Sam Ackroyd, who headed over from close range.
United continued to press for an opener and they conjured-up a massive chance to do so when Leo Gaxha played in Zak Brunt, but he fired just wide of target as the sides went in level at the break.
Forest began the second-half as they did the first and Gareth Holmes’ team took the lead just three minutes after the restart.
Gibson-Hammond weaved past a couple of challenges and fired a 25-yard effort into the top corner, leaving ‘keeper Sam Kelly with no chance.
The Blades responded well to going a goal down, and it took them just 10 minutes equalise.
Brunt’s enticing delivery was met by left-back Foulstone, who headed home past Nykah Liburd-Hines to level the scores.
United had their tails up and their persistence paid off when they took the lead, four minutes later.
It was Brunt again who whipped in a superb free-kick which made its way into the bottom corner via a couple of deflections.
The Blades soon doubled their advantage in the 76th minute. Gaxha fizzed a cross into the box and Daniel Jebison was on hand to head past the Forest keeper from around 10-yards out.
Despite losing their lead, Forest kept pushing to try and pull a goal back. With just three minutes remaining, McAdam gave the hosts hope as he curled a long-range effort into the top corner.
However moments later, referee David Avison blew the full-time whistle to condemn Forest to a first home defeat at The Nigel Doughty Academy this term.
Next up for Holmes’ side is a trip to face Birmingham City at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre next weekend.
Images kindly provided by Callum Jordan.
Forest: Liburd-Hines, Bello, Donnelly (Darlington 76’) Sanders (c), Boland, Mutoti, Trialist, Hammond, Andrew, Trialist (McAdam 63’), Gibson-Hammond
Goals: Gibson-Hammond (48’), McAdam (87’)