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A goal in the ninetieth minute of the game gave Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win against us this afternoon at Gawthorpe in the U18 Premier League.

After the excitement of last night’s under-23 performance against Newcastle with its quality of goals, there was to be no repeat and this was as disappointing a game as last night’s was enjoyable.

A very strong Forest side, who have reached the final of the FA Youth Cup looked the more likely in the first half and we were perhaps fortunate to be level at the break although we did have chances of our own.

The second half followed something I’ve not seen before at Gawthorpe in all the years I’ve been attending games there. Usually, the two teams gather on the pitch for their half time instructions from the coaches but today they made the long walk back to the dressing rooms in the old building on the other side of the bridge, extending half time to some way beyond fifteen minutes when usually it’s no more than ten minutes.

That second 45 minutes lacked quality and it all looked to heading for a 0-0 draw until Forest’s Dale Taylor scored in the very last minute of normal time to condemn us to a second successive defeat in the league.

Coach Tony Philliskirk, who was assisted by another ex-Claret in Ross Wallace, said after the game: “The lads are obviously disappointed when you concede in the ninetieth minute and you lose 1-0 but it was a horrible game against an opponent who was very aggressive and an opposition bench that was very influential, onto the referee with every challenge and everything contested.”

He was pleased with the way his team competed but admitted we didn’t create much other than set pieces in the first half.

He also explained the changes recently in the team, adding: “Decisions were made on the second year group, who have been excellent this season, a couple of weeks ago so one or two have gone up to the 23s, others have gone out on trial at other clubs. One or two have stayed and played and one or two not.”

The teams today were;

Burnley: Charlie Casper, Keelan Williams, Nathan James, Benn Ward (Brad Grant ht), Dane McCullough, Trevon Bryan (Joe Smyth-Ferguson 66), Joe Bauress, Will Hugill, Ruairi Behan, Ryan Tioffo (Lucas Wane 83), Kade Ratchford. Subs not used: Jon Vilar Robinson, Tosin Olopade.

Nottingham Forest: Trialist, Ben Hammond, Justin Hanks, Sam Collins, Ben Perry (Joe Gardner 63), Pharrell Johnson, Jamie McDonnell, Josh Powell, Kyle McAdam, Detief Esapa Osong (Aaron Jay Korpal 90+1), Dale Taylor. Subs not used: Aaron Bott, Lewis Barker, Theo Robinson.

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