Nottingham Forest Under 18s maintained their unbeaten home run in the Professional Development League after they sealed a 2-0 win over Colchester United on Tuesday.
Fin Back’s brace helped Forest on their way to a third consecutive home victory in what was a closely-fought encounter at The Nigel Doughty Academy.
The Reds started the brighter of the two sides and created a couple of early chances within the first two minutes. Oliver Hammond’s curling effort was saved by Colchester ‘keeper Ted Collins before Silvio Bello’s shot flew over the crossbar.
Forest continued to press for an opener and were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute after Back was bought down inside the box. Luke Boland stepped up but his spot-kick was superbly saved by Collins to keep the scores level.
Moments later, The Reds deservedly took the lead. Hammond’s cross was clinically headed into the corner by Back past Collins who stood no chance.
Forest winger Alex Gibson-Hammond looked a threat with his blistering pace, and he conjured-up a couple of opportunities just before the break.
Firstly, he jinked past his marker before firing into the side netting. Then shortly after, his cut back found Tawanda Mutoti, who’s effort rolled just wide via a deflection as Forest went into half-time with the lead.
The Reds began the second period as they did the first, pressing from the front and looking dangerous going forward. Two minutes after the restart, Detlef Esapa Osong ran onto Hammond’s through ball before seeing his attempt fly just past the post.
As the half wore on, Colchester grew into the contest, and they squandered two superb chances 13 minutes from time. Sonny Fish broke through on-goal but his attempt was stopped by Michael Statham, before Kai Redgrave saw an effort excellently blocked.
The Reds did however double their advantage in the 92nd minute through some wonderful football. Hammond found Bello down the right who pulled the ball across for Back to tuck it home for his second of the afternoon.
Forest held on to seal yet another victory and therefore climb to the top of the North division.
Forest: Statham, Bello, Sanders (c), Mutoti, Boland, Donnelly, Darlington (Doorbar-Baptist 61’), Hammond, Esapa Osong, Back (Perkins 90’), Gibson-Hammond (McAdam 83’)
Subs not used: Liburd-Hines, Barker
Goals: Back 26’, Back 90’
Bookings: Boland 10’, Back 58’, Esapa Osong 81’