Anderson penalty. 1-0
Half time: Forest 0 Magpies 1
Anderson shot. 2-0
71 mins Anderson
84 mins Salmon
Full time: Forest 1 Magpies 3
Elliot Anderson scored the first hat-trick by a Newcastle player in PL2
since Elias Sorensen's treble against Aston Villa at Walsall in October
Having featured last week against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League
Cup, 17 year-old Harry Barclay made his PL2 debut. He's the 27th different
player we've used during the 12 games played so far in that competition.
An Elliot Anderson hat-trick gave the
U23s a first victory in six outings on Monday - and a maiden win for
coach Elliott Dickman since joining United from the mackems.
Facing a Forest side on a similar barren run at the home of
Derbyshire non-league side Alfreton Town, The Magpies got off to an excellent start.
Just four minutes were on the clock when midfielder Joe White went down in the
box under slight contact from a defender, leaving Anderson to
confidently dispatch his fourth successful spot kick of the season.
The hosts should have equalised five minutes later, but Oliver Hammond
headed over when well placed.
What proved to be the turning point of the game in the 12th minute, when
Forest came close to scoring through Julian Larsson but the ball was cleared
upfield and Lucas de Bolle found himself with a clear run on the home goal.
goalkeeper Nicky Hogarth rushed off his line to avert the danger,
but raised both hands to prevent the Newcastle man lobbing him - and
crucially had taken half a step out of his own box when doing so.
With a trio of visiting players in close proximity appealing and the
adjacent linesman waving his flag, referee Baines produced his red card and
reduced Forest to ten men.
They sacrificed midfielder Alex Gibson-Hammond in order to and introduce substitute 'keeper Alex Akers
and he was
immediately tested by Jack Young, after White's free-kick for the
initial offence had been charged
The visitors dominated possession for the rest of the half but
created little in the final third while the occasional Forest foray
periodically testing United 'keeper Dan Langley and a defence including PL2
debutant Harry Barclay.
Anderson got his and United's second six minutes after the break
when a diagonal ball from White picked out Forest old boy Matty Bondswell
on the left and he
pulled the ball back for Anderson to rattle it home.
Elliot completed his hat-trick in the 71st minute after being gifted the
ball by a wayward clearance from goalkeeper Akers, bearing down on goal and
forcing it in to complete a first treble at this level.
The home side pulled a goal back in the 84th minute when a low
corner passed through a crowd of players in the six yard box and skidded in off
On paper a convincing victory then, but had the two sides remained
at full strength for 90 minutes, the outcome may well have been a