Forest brush aside TD Shipley to stay in the hunt

JPCT 020112 Football, Forest v Shipley. photo by derek  martin
JPCT 020112 Football, Forest v Shipley. photo by derek martin

DEAN Potter is happy for his Forest side to remain under the radar as he plots a new year assault on the top places in Division 3.

Potter watched his side comfortably beat TD Shipley at home on Monday (January 2) with fine long-range goals from Paul White and Matt Merridew, and strikes from Jake Holmes and Elliott Hawkes.

The manager even able to rest top scorer Andy Lampard and key player Shaun Findlay, using his squad to its full use to record only their second clean sheet all season.

“We missed chances but it was nice to get a clean sheet, we’ve been waiting for one of those for a long time,” Potter said. “I look at my bench today and there’s Andy Lampard, our top goalscorer and Shaun Findlay, one of the best players in this league so it bodes well.”

It leaves Forest fifth in Division 2 and well placed to make an assault on the top places in the second half of the season.

“It’s quite nice because no one’s really talking us up, and that’s what I want,” he said. “If we win our games in hand we can be joint second, but no one’s really said anything which is good for us.

“We’re unbeaten in our last six league games so we’ve just to keep on this good run and see where we end up.”

For a comprehensive round-up of all the local football over the festive period pick up your copy of the West Sussex County Times, out on Thursday.