3 - 1Full Time
|Nov 16, 2016||7:45 pm||Essex Senior League||2016-17|
Forest secured their first victory over rivals Wadham Lodge in three attempts after a spirited second half performance.
The home side were bolstered by the returns of Prince Madu and Ahmed Mohammed, while Wadham had parted company with their manager just 24 hours before.
Despite this, it was the visitors who took the lead after just four minutes, dropping a pot-shot into the bottom corner from distance.
Towards the end of the half Forest finally found their feet, and thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Madu was cut down from behind when about to pull the trigger on goal. However, only seconds later the Wadham keeper flattened Jeff Hammond and the referee duly pointed to the spot.
Harry Larner stepped up, but his penalty was easily dealt with. Wadham hit on the counter, and had a huge shout for hand-ball in the box turned away.
Forest came out for the second half with plenty more bite, and almost levelled when Lee Flynn’s free-kick rattled the crossbar. In the same move, Hammond was wrestled to the ground, but the referee was unmoved.
Hammond was at the heart of Forest’s revival, and crossed from the by-line for Madu to head into the tiniest of gaps between the keeper and the post to level the score.
Pelummy Martin then crossed for Hammond to head home emphatically to give Forest the lead for the first time.
There was time for more controversy, as the Wadham keeper handled the ball outside the box. The linesman flagged, but the referee waved to play advantage, despite Forest being in a relatively poor position. Forest would have surely taken the sending-off of a goalkeeper rather than a blocked shot from distance?
But Martin made sure of the three points, latching onto a through-ball and bending his effort past the keeper.
At the other end, Harrison Seetah made a good save to keep the score down, but Forest controlled the rest of the match to secure victory.
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