Forest returned to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over Hackney Wick, moving them up to 11th in the table.

The opening 20 minutes were fairy close, with both sides probing for an opening. Chris Medina had Forest’s best chance just a few minutes in after being put through by Bradley Harris, but the Wick keeper did well to save at the front post. Abiola Tanimowo also had a good chance, but a tangle of legs when through on goal saw a free kick awarded to the visitors.

Forest did get the breakthrough soon after through. Vicente Belho was barged down in the box, with Mohamed Sagaf coolly slotting away the resulting spot-kick.

Forest continued to dominate first half proceedings with Medina and Tanimowo both having going close to doubling their side’s lead.

Wick were forced into two early substitutions due to injury, and their lack of shape allowed Azhad Masoud and Sagaf to the opportunity to give the substitute right-back a torrid time.

At the other end, Sam Haywood had to be alert in the Forest goal to deal with a number of deep crosses from Wick free kicks.

In the second half, the visitors began to get a bit of a foothold in the break, but Forest soon doubled their advantage.

Sagaf should have done better when through on goal, lifting his shot over the bar, but Harris notched up his second goal of the game, curling in directly from a corner.

With a two-goal lead, Forest seemed to take their foot off the gas a bit, and were punished when Idemudia was left free at the back post to head in easily.

Wick began to dominate, though were still dangerous on the break, with Tanimowo and Sagaf guilty of not making the most of some good opportunities.

But in the end, Forest’s defence stood firm to everything Wick through at them, with Haywood not really being tested.

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