Nottingham Forest PL2 0-0 Albion PL2

Ethan Ingram in action against Nottingham Forest

Albion’s PL2 side extended their unbeaten away league run to six games with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest. 

Forest had won nine of their last 10 games in Division 2 of the Premier League 2, drawing the other, but Richard Beale’s Baggies more than deserved their share of the spoils at Notts County’s Meadow Lane on a bitterly cold Monday night by the banks of the River Trent.

Ethan Ingram in action against Nottingham Forest

The first half was one of very few chances. Rico Richards saw an attempt from inside the area saved by Forest stopper Aaron Bott in the 20th minute before Matt Richards drilled wide from 30 yards shortly after.

Reyes Cleary then tried to find the opener, but his strike from the left side of the box was blocked by a defender. 

The home side came out the stronger in the second 45 and almost went ahead when right-back Ben Hammond slotted a right-footed shot beyond Brad Foster in the Baggies goal, only for the ball to bounce back off the far post. 

Forest forwards Alex Mighten and Detlef Osong fired efforts at goal within the first 15 minutes of the restart, but neither forced Foster into action.  

Jamie McDonnell had a glorious opportunity to give the home side the advantage heading into the last 12 minutes, but the defender nodded wide from the edge of the six-yard box having risen highest to meet a right-wing corner. 

Both Forest and the Baggies pushed for a later winner and one final big chance fell to each side. Albion substitute Akeel Higgins was free in the box in the 88th minute, however the forward found the gloves of Bott and not the back of the net.

At the opposite end, defender Aaron Harper-Bailey cleared a goal-bound strike off the line after a scramble in the area, a block which ensured the contest ended level.

ALBION: Foster; Ingram, Hall (Nguepissi HT), Harper-Bailey, Humphries; M. Richards, Andrews (Trialist HT); Malcolm (Trialist 35), Whitwell, Cleary; R. Richards (Higgins 35).

Substitutes: Hudd.