Taylor double helps U21s see off Forest
AFC Bournemouth continued their unbeaten start in the Premier League Cup following a flawless 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Alfreton Town.
Kyle Taylor hit a double, while Alex Dobre also got his name on the shoresheet after a wonderful individual goal.
Shaun Cooper's side welcomed back Matt Butcher, who played his first minutes since tearing his LCL in the summer, while Lloyd Kelly also featured in the win having also endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The first chance of the game fell to the Cherries just seven minutes in, Dinesh Gillela having his effort hooked off the line after getting on the end of Dobre's cross.
The visitors continued to threaten moments later, this time Corey Jordan putting it in for Tyrell Hamilton, who saw his shot from close-range deflected over the bar.
Forest soon started to create problems of their own, as Alex Mighten went down in the box under pressur from Gillela, but the referee was unmoved.
Up the other end of the pitch, a first opportunity of the game presented itself to Dobre, who forced a superb save out of George Shelvey. That came just before Taylor's effort from 18 yards was deflected just over.
Nevertheless, the Cherries were soon to be rewarded for their persistence and it was the former Forest Green loanee who grabbed it.
Taylor latched onto Butcher's inch-perfect through ball and hit his shot across Shelvey, finding the bottom corner to give his side the lead.
Two minutes after play had restarted, some fine individual play from Dobre saw the lead doubled.
A menacing run from Gillela's ball saw him slalom through the Forest defence before working a shooting opportunity inside the area. The 21-year-old, who made his first team debut in the FA Cup win over Luton earlier this month, made no mistake and slotted it home.
Cooper's side didn't show any signs of holding back and the Romanian nearly had a brace with half-an-hour on the clock.
Tyrell Hamilton won it back off Tyrese Fornah, before squaring to Taylor in the middle of the park. The midfielder took a touch and sprayed it cross-field for an onrushing Dobre, but Shelvey got a strong hand on it to parry away.
It wasn't long before Hamilton had a chance of his own, as he was quickest to a loose ball in the box. The forward set himself and pulled the trigger, but a slight slip before connecting with the ball saw his shot skim the crossbar and go over.
As the second half got underway, it was Forest who started on top.
Will Dennis had to be alert after a cross took a nasty deflection off Kelly, the 'keeper reacting well to avert the danger.
The post then saved the Cherries, as Toby Edser's clever shot almost found the bottom right-hand corner, before Brennan Johnson hit his effort from 25-yards out the stadium.
With confidence oozing through the home side after their promising start to the second period, their best chance of the game presented itself with 55 minutes on the clock.
Josh Barnes got in behind the Bournemouth back-line and squared to Kieran Hayes, who looked to have an open goal five yards ahead of him, but Dennis recovered excellently and threw himself at it to ensure the deficit wasn't reduced.
As Forest continued to come forward, it left areas exposed at the back and this was something that Jordan Zemura made the most of at the first opportunity.
The left-back came surging forward and played a delightful ball through to Dobre, who then found Taylor in the middle ready to slide it past Shelvey one-on-one for his second and his side's third goal of the game.
The midfielder almost completed his hat-trick with a little over 20 minutes to go, Zemura being the provider this time.
He clipped a long ball beyond the Forest defence, with Taylor beating the offside trap for the second time in as many minutes, but his effort on goal 18 yards out was scuffed and went for a goal-kick.
Despite the scoreline, the hosts never gave up and again came close to pulling one back as the clock ticked away.
Substitute Yassine En-Neyah got in down the right and pulled it back for Johnson, who was waiting on the edge of the area. Quick closing down from Jordan was enough to put him off and his effort went high of Dennis' left-hand corner.
One final chance came in added time for Forest, with Johnson looking to capitalise on a dead ball 20 yards out, but this time it was the woodwork that denied them the goal and the Cherries held on for a much deserved victory on the road.
Cooper's side now sit top of Group E, with ten points from four games.