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Report: City U23s 1-1 Nottingham Forest U23s

Harvey Wiles-Richards produced a second-half penalty save to earn City a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Professional Development League.

City had to battle back after falling behind inside the third minute and did so when Saikou Janneh headed the Robins level in the first half.

And Wiles-Richards produced the heroics to deny Forest from taking the lead again as he saved their spot-kick with 18 minutes to go.

It looked as if City would start brightly when Janneh fired off target inside the opening minute but only moments later Dale Taylor was on hand to put the visitors ahead. He latched on to a swooping ball into the box and he needed one touch before firing past Wiles-Richards.

The Forest number nine then looked to turn provider when his cross found Elliott Andrew whose glancing header went wide.

But Owura Edwards injected a moment of excitement with a strong run down the left and when his cross was turned into the path of Zac Smith, the midfielder’s effort flashed inches wide.

But City were level not long after through Janneh as he headed home from Edwards’ cross.

The first half was halted when Riley Harbottle collided with Wiles-Richards and the Forest captain soon departed the field with his arm in casing before the game could resume. Only an Edwards header over the bar was the next best chance of the half before the whistle sounded for the interval.

The second half was one of limited chances but the young Robins’ saw their best chance fall for Edwards whose shot was well read and saved by George Shelvey.

At the other end, Fin Back's effort went wide before he was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Up stepped Taylor for his and Forest’s second goal of the day but Wiles-Richards guessed correctly to beat the ball away to his left.

The keeper would make one final late save too, but both he and City held on to secure a point. City remain top of the PDL-2 Southern table with the point in the bag.

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