Forest lost 2-1 to FC Romania for the second time in four days as they were punished for a slow start at Cheshunt’s Theobalds Lane ground.

Romania, clearly driven into a quick start following a fortunate win on Wednesday evening, were testing Forest from the off, and Steven French had to be alert to save well a couple of times in the opening minutes.

Forest were struggling to get out of their own half and were punished when Adrian Balsanu rounded off a neat passing move with a precise curling effort, though Forest felt there was a suspicion of offside about the goal.

The home side’s advantage was doubled nine minutes later with Florin Pop helping a deflected cross on it’s way in, though again, there were questions about the validity of the goal, with even Pop looking surprised he wasn’t called for offside.

Like Wednesday, it took Forest an hour to really get going, but were rewarded when Chris Medina helped the ball through to Abiola Tanimowo, allowing the front man to hold off two defenders and smash the ball into the roof of the net.

The ball no doubt hit Tanimowo’s hand in the build-up to the goal, but there was no intention in the movement, and both the linesman and referee were unsighted.

Forest continued to press, but were left frustrated, not more so as when Dan Medina decided to shoot form the edge of the area in the last minute with at least four team mates in better positions.

Quyam Shakoor’s men now focus their attentions to the visit of fellow-strugglers Sporting Bengal United next weekend.