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2nd August 2004 
Reds win final friendly

We all trooped to Walshes Meadow tonight for the annual Forest derby fully expecting a blood and guts performance after Jan Molby had told the press earlier on today that he would be playing his strongest side possible.

Still, it gets the crowds through the turnstiles.

It was a far from strong side with a couple of triallists there.  One playing, Daniel Hodnet?, and one that came on later in the second half.  Little lad, just out of shorts, but very fast and with a decent shot on him.  Looked like Juninho from where we were stood so could be a good signing.

On the bench was Shaun Cunnington.  Why?

Six days away from the big KO and we've got the Youth Team coach on the bench.

The game started well enough with Jesper going close on a couple of occasions early on but it was Simon Russell that put us into the lead in the 17th minute with a well taken goal.  Scott Rickards chipped the ball over the defender and Russell went into the space to fire a low shot beyond the Swifts keeper.

Ian Foster grabbed the second after a mix up in the Swifts defence ended with the keeper picking up a back pass on the goal line.  For some reason the referee, who knew all the Swifts players by name, pointed to the corner of the area for the free kick.

Foster took it and Steve Burton tried to hammer the ball home but it rebounded to the lurking Fozzie who made no mistake.

The second half had no comparison to the first and we just seemed content with the two goals.  That was until Stourport scored.

Daniel Lewis had come on for John Danby a few minutes previous and he'd already made two mistakes before letting in a Swifts striker for his third mistake.  He'll come good one day because Jan must have seen something there when he signed him from Studley.

After the goal came a rash of substitutions and that's when the number 18 came on.  Litle dynamo.

The game ended with out much further action and I suppose it was a good run out for the team but the line-up was no different than the ones that played at Cinderford and Gloucester three weeks ago.  We expected to see the team tonight.

Danby (Lewis), Hodnett, Burton, Keates, McHale (Clayton), Hatswell, Rickards (Brown), Gleeson, Christiansen, Russell, Foster (Byrne).

Subs not used: Thompson, Williams, Cunnington.
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