21:15 4th February 2014
by Norwich City Football Club
Canaries ease through in Norfolk Senior Cup
A Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Gorleston awaits Norwich City's Under-21s after they comfortably saw off Cromer Town 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Ray Grant and Carlton Morris netted the decisive goals against a determined Crabs outfit on a cold and blustery evening at the Football Development Centre.
The match had been called off four times previously, with the adverse weather conditions of recent months seeing it switched to the Bowthorpe venue from Cromer's Cabbell Park.
Norwich, led by Professional Development Coach Jerry Gill, were on top from the offset and after Rod Young had poked a shot wide, Grant put them ahead on 17 minutes.
The first-year scholar curled in a superb left-footed effort to edge the Canaries deservedly in front.
Morris had City's two further chances in the first period, one a hooked shot that flew wide and another that slid across the face of goal.
HALF-TIME: Cromer Town 0-1 Norwich City
Cromer started the second half as they played out the first - camped in their own half - and they had their goalkeeper to thank for denying Harry Barker early on.
After Reece Hall-Johnson rattled the crossbar with a free-kick, they got their decisive second on 69 minutes through striker Morris.
Grant turned provider this time, picking up Hall-Johnson's short corner before delivering a cross that Morris met with his head, nodding the ball off the underside of the bar and in.
Rhys Browne's powerful shot was the closest Gill's team came to adding a third, but in truth their dominance was never under threat and a comfortable passage to the next round was confirmed.
FULL-TIME: Cromer Town 0-2 Norwich City
GOALS: Canaries: Ray Grant (17), Carlton Morris (69)
NORWICH CITY: Matthews (Killip 77); Barker, McFadden (c), Gafaiti, Toffolo; Grant; Norman (Randall 86), Hall-Johnson; Young (Heath 80); Morris, Browne. Subs not used: Burgess, Awuah.