Scott shot. 1-0
Half time: Magpies 1 Forest 0
52 mins Scott shot. 2-0
71 mins Mbe Soh header. 2-1
Full time: Magpies 2 Forest 1
A brace from Josh Scott was enough to give an under-par United
victory at Whitley Park in PL2 on Friday night.
However it was another Scot who played a major role in claiming all
three points - home goalkeeper Jude Smith, who hails from north of the
Playing only his fourth game since signing from East Fife, the teenager
time and again denied Forest the goal that their approach play had
Smith and Forest's Dave Taylor waged their own personal battle for much
of the game; the visiting forward firing wide of the target early on
before seeing four on-target efforts saved by the custodian.
At the other end, Scott was in the right place to convert the rebound
after George Shelvey blocked Remi Savage's header from a 12th minute
free kick into the box.
Scott's second of the game arrived in fortunate circumstance seven minutes after the
break, Shelvey slipping and missing a pass back that was rolling wide of
the target before the Newcastle midfielder nipped in to knock home.
Pointless from their opening three PL2 games, Forest threatened to make
a game of it when Loic Mbe Soh
nodded in Ateef Konate's 71st minute corner.
However the equaliser wouldn't come despite five indicated minutes of
time added on turning into seven - the lively Konate jinking his way
forward only to blast over with team mates pleading for a pass.