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U23s 6-3 Forest - match

19 December 2016

United's U23 produced an excellent performance to deservedly win a nine-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest at the Look Local Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Ironically, the visitors, through Rob Worrall went in front at Stocksbridge, but an own-goal followed by efforts from Sam Graham, substitute Graham Kelly, David Brooks and Jake Wright gave the Blades a four-goal advantage at the break and despite Forest scoring twice after the interval, another from the impressive Brooks and a penalty save by Aaron Ramsdale kept a fine day's work in front of onlooking boss Chris Wilder.

Skipper James Wilson also completed 90 minutes as he continues his comeback from injury, as United made it back-to-back victories in the Professional Development League.

It could have been a totally different story though when WORRALL slotted past Ramsdale in just the fourth minute, but United's response came seven minutes later as a Forest defender appeared to get the final touch to the ball from Whiteman's cross after Hussey had been fouled in the build-up.

Kelly replaced the Hussey shortly afterwards and the Blades took the lead just after the half hour as GRAHAM capitalised following a goalmouth scramble.

In the 38th minute, KELLY produced an excellent finish to add a third, before BROOKS netted a fourth with a neat turn and finish.

The scoring wasn't finished though, as before the break, Brooks was again the architect, running purposefully at the Forest defence before leaving WRIGHT the simplest of finishes from close-range.

The second-half wasn't as action packed as the first, yet still yielded three goals and a saved penalty. Firstly, BRERETON reduced the arears for Forest, only for BROOKS to get his second and United's sixth, with the midfielder producing an excellent individual strike.

Substitute WALTERS got Forest another goal back towards the end and Brereton then had the opportunity to reduce the deficit to two goals from the spot, only for Ramsdale to make an excellent save to ensure a comprehensive win for the Blades.

Blades: Ramsdale, Brown, Hussey (Kelly 16), Graham, Wilson, Semple, Reed (Gordon 76), Whiteman, Wright (K. Smith 62), Brooks, Skapetis.
Unused: Warhurst, Slater.

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