Selston 1-4 Nottingham Forest U23 (Notts Senior Cup Quarter Final) 02.03.22
Selston FC were beaten by a young Nottingham Forest team last night who progress through to the last four of the Nottinghamshire FA County Cup but the real winner following this local affair was football, thanks to a huge record crowd of 941 in attendance at the Parish Hall.
The game, previously postponed after a waterlogged pitch last month, was again in doubt throughout the day yesterday, as the rain poured on to an infamously soggy track, but the club were quick to confirm that everything was ‘good to go’ thanks to the fabulous work of their ground staff to get the game on. In the end the pitch looked perfect to host the professional opposition of Forest and their players as the sleepy West Notts Village became match ready to entertain. Even the local Co-Op had offered car parking space for its game day visitors.
The Reds line-up included the likes of Will Swan and Baba Fernandes, both with first team experience, managed by club legend Andy Reid they had previously seen off Kimberley Miners Welfare after a penalty shoot out in the last round.
Selston had former player-manager Carl Moore up front and the impressively loyal veteran Ben Moore in midfield, managed by Karl Steed the club sixteenth in the United Counties Premier Division North, had previously seen off Teversal in round two, to set up this hugest of home ties.
It was Forest quickest out of the blocks who netted on eight minutes when Gibson-Hammond headed home at the back post, this after Selston had gone close to opening the score themselves with a great opportunity.
The home team had a terrific opportunity to level things up with a penalty on 32 minutes but Carl Moore saw his hard hitting spot kick brilliantly saved to his right by Reds goalkeeper Hogarth.
That miss proved costly just five minutes later as Lewis Salmon pounced on a defensive error to slot home for Forest from just inside the area.
On 58 Forest made it three when Will Swan lobbed Joe Fryatt from the edge of the box after a quick counter-attacking break, but Jay Cooper restored some parity, to the delight of the home crowd, collecting the ball deep in the attacking third and letting fly from 20 yards straight into the bottom corner of Hogarth’s net.
Forest did get to add one more with fifteen remaining, Will Swan again doing the damage, firing into the top corner after Salmon pulled back, but the home teams’ energy and effort was there to see, an incredible performance against superb opposition in front of a packed crowd at the Sels. Everyone involved going away happy, and proud.
Reds Coach Dave Rogers stating after “a massive thank you to everyone at Selston FC for the fantastic welcome and hospitality. A real family atmosphere and we wish you all the very best in the future”.
Head Coach Andy Reid continuing “Really pleased with this tonight, the attitude was first class from everyone. Like Kimberley in the last round, Selston welcomed us warmly. Great to see such a big crowd on a damp night”.
Notts FA’s Marc Birkett, who was involved in the match, stated “Days like today make me realise that I have a very unique job. Great hospitality from Selston FC, support from NFFC Academy and Notts TV for being excellent in working with us to raise the profile of the cups. We got the game on with unbelievable local support.”
Our own Nottingham Sport Editor Daniel Peacock stating “this is kudos to the fantastic work at the Notts FA to see the return of clubs like Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town back in the County Cup competition”.
“What it has done since the return has lifted the whole cup, has raised the excitement and even boosted local economies, 900 plus crowds at Selston will do wonders for the future running of the club, can ease their financial difficulties for months ahead, whilst everyone gets to enjoy seeing the future of our best professional teams play, it’s also great for the pro-boys, used to playing ‘Academy football’ who get to play proper cup tie-football, in front of large crowds, at proper clubs and grounds that should be appreciated as the life blood of the game”.
The win for Forest see’s them join Carlton Town (who beat Ollerton 3-2 two weeks ago) and Newark FC (who beat Notts County 2-0 in early February), along with the winner of Mansfield Town verses Basford United, in the final four of the competition, draw tonight 6pm on Notts TV, which will be scheduled to be played before the end of April.
Selston: Fryatt, Conway, Payling, Wilkinson, Marriott-Lane, Grimshaw, Gregory, Ben Moore, Carl Moore, Cooper, Quinn. Subs: Davis, Laister, Wright, Crowl, Black.
Nottingham Forest: Hogarth, Sadler, Donnelly, Rama, Fernandes, Valencia, Fewster, Gibson-Hammond, Salmon, Swan, Larsson. Subs: Barker, Akers.
Venue: The Parish Hall (941)
*Main image @EmmasGroundGuide action from a packed Parish Hall as Forest beat Selston.