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U23s | PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Forest

14 February 2019

Barnsley U23s host Nottingham Forest on Friday afternoon knowing that three points will see them leapfrog Sheffield United into sixth place.

The young Reds have lost just once in their last eight Professional Development League outings – keeping four clean sheets in that run.

Forest are perhaps one of the more inconsistent teams in the league this campaign and are yet to win back-to-back games. After losing against Crystal Palace on the opening day, Jimmy Gilligan’s side then went six games unbeaten before losing four consecutive fixtures.

Four losses in a row followed for last season’s eventual runners-up, who went onto win four of the next eight matches.

Barnsley will also be looking to avenge the 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Friday’s visitors earlier this campaign, and will be buoyed by the knowledge that Forest will be without their tormentor in chief from that game.

Virgil Gomis, who leads their scoring charts with 12 goals in all competitions, is gaining valuable first team experience in Sky Bet League Two with Notts County. The young French forward scored Forest’s third back in September and also impressed in a loan spell with Braintree Town in the Vanarama National League.

However, Gilligan’s young squad is not without talent, and Yassine El-Neyah and Brennan Johnson, who have netted 14 goals between them, will have to be marshalled carefully by the Reds’ backline.

Martin Devaney will be encouraged by performances in recent weeks from his side, who have hit a purple patch and are showing magnificent resolve within games to grind out results.

And, while the goals aren’t perhaps as free-flowing as they could be, Barnsley are continuing to carve out gilt-edged opportunities and it seems like only a matter of time before an emphatic victory is recorded.

You can find out how the young Reds fare on Friday afternoon by either attending the game at the Oakwell Training Complex for FREE, kick-off at 2pm, or following updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.

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U23s | REPORT: Barnsley 1-1 Forest

15 February 2019

Barnsley U23s maintained their run of fine form as they drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest on Friday afternoon.

The young Reds have now lost just once in their last nine Professional Development League games as they held a physical Forest side at the Oakwell Training Ground.

Chances were few and far between with the visitors coming closest in the first half when Jake Taylor unleashed a fierce drive from distance that whistled past Jake Greatorex’ upright.

However, Barnsley looked dangerous from set-pieces and almost broke the deadlock when Sam Fielding climbed highest to meet a Jordan Barnett free-kick, but the ball skimmed off the top of his head and out for a goal kick.

The hosts looked much brighter after the restart and took the lead when Forest failed to clear Barnett’s corner. The ball pinballed around inside the six-yard area and eventually ricocheted into the net via a visiting shin pad following an almighty goalmouth scramble.

With the wind at their backs, Barnsley continued to push forward for a second goal and were almost rewarded when Mateo Aramburu raced clear down the left flank. The Uruguayan forward played a precision pass across the face of goal, but Jordan Williams was unable to turn the ball home under pressure from Ethan Stewart.

It would prove to be a pivotal moment in the game and Forest looked to take full advantage of that narrow escape. First, Arvin Appiah cut in from the right and curled a fizzing shot that bent inches wide of the far post, before Taylor drilled a low cross through a forest of legs that no one could turn home.

But the visitors wouldn’t be kept at bay as Victor Sodeinde, introduced just before the hour mark, burst into the area and crashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net to level ten minutes from time.

Barnsley pressed forward for a late winner, with the best chance falling to Amir Berkovits who saw his half volley brilliantly blocked as both sides settled for a share of the spoils.

 

REDS XI: Greatorex, Helliwell, Fielding, Moon, Barnett, Williams, Wardle, Bird, Chisholm, Simoes (Berkovits, 83), Aramburu (Feeney, 71).

Not used: Kendrick, Simpson, Walsh.

FOREST XI: Bossin, Richardson, Barnes (Fornah, 71), Coveney (Sodeinde, 58), Lawrence-Gabriel, Stewart, Taylor, Johnson, En-Neyah, Appiah, Hayes (Kadded, 56).

Not used: Wright, Megaritis.

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