Young Canaries XI draw 0-0 at Trafford Park
An impressive crowd turned out for the match - a testimonial for The Yachtsman’s 20-year veteran Gavin Pauling, however all proceeds were donated to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust in memory of Liam Still – the Wroxham goalkeeper that was tragically killed in a car accident in May.
Eight trialists made Scott Marshall’s starting XI, alongside Remi Matthews in goal, under-18s Josh Murphy, Jacob Murphy, and second half substitute Cameron King.
The Canaries had the majority of the goal scoring opportunities over the 90 minutes, but were unable to break down the home side, despite Jacob Murphy crashing an effort against the crossbar late on.
Under-21s Manager Marshall said afterwards: “Tonight was a good run out for us – we had several under-18s and a number of trialists playing.
“Most of these lads have been only been together for about ten days so we’re just beginning to have a look at them and thread a squad together.
“At times I thought our passing could have been a lot crisper, but we could have won it near the end with Jacob and Josh Murphy creating lots of openings.”
The first half saw striker Jamar Loza go close with a header in the opening stages, before some excellent blocks from the Wroxham defence denied both Josh and Jacob Murphy the chance to test the goalkeeper.
The Yachtsmen then saw a dangerous free kick whistle past Matthews’ post on the half hour mark, but City responded well with Jacob Murphy’s half-volley forcing a good save and trialist Jack Dean firing a long range effort over the crossbar from 25 yards.
In the second half City applied even more pressure down the flanks, however the resilient home side were defending well and restricting City to efforts from outside the area.
Wroxham could even have snatched a surprise lead in the 66th minute when a mix-up in defence meant Adel Gafiati had to be on his toes to clear the ball away from an open goal.
Oli Durojaiye fired a 30-yard strike just over soon after before the best chance of the game fell to Jacob Murphy on the left wing. The second-year scholar worked the ball onto the right foot from a tight angle on the right hand side and unleashed a thunderous effort that cannoned back off the near post.
Despite City having the best of the play they were unable to break down an impressive Wroxham side and the match finished all-square.
CITY: Matthews, Dean, Hector, Durojaiye, Gafiati, Sheiff, Jacob Murphy, Webb, Loza, Balmy, Josh Murphy
SUBS: Brisdan-Hall, Hawkins, King, McNeil