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29 July 2012

Young Canaries 2-1 winners away to Swaffham

NORWICH City’s under-18s racked up another pre-season win on Saturday as they came from behind to secure an impressive 2-1 victory over Swaffham Town.

The game was played at The Pedlars’ ground at Shoemakers Lane and turned out to be an entertaining encounter.

City started the game with a young side that included under-16s player Joe Gill in goal, whilst fellow U16s Ray Grant, Jake Simpson, and Jamie Collins all started on the bench.

It was the home side who struck first though through an impressive finish from striker Will O’Brian in the first half.

However some excellent approach play from City on a difficult pitch ensured they drew level on 65 minutes mark through substitute Simpson.

Five minutes later the Canaries struck what proved to be the winner, courtesy of a deflection on Simpson’s shot to make the score 2-1.

U18s Manager Neil Adams told after the match: “In general I wasn’t very pleased with them in the first half, and I gave one or two a sharp reminder that they need to raise their game and to be fair we were a lot better in the second half. 

“We won the game 2-1 and could have won it more comfortably. 

“All we took from it was a fitness work out because of the conditions; it wasn’t conducive to the type of football we try to play.

“The pitch was awful. Unfortunately their mower broke down on Friday night and as a result the pitch was really bobbly and bouncy. 

“There were times when we were trying to play out from the back and the ball was bobbling over or under people’s feet.

“We played four of the under-16s and they all did very well. Jake Simpson scored the first, and he is trying to claim the second goal, which took a wicked deflection, but he’s still claiming it.

“Jamie Collins, who is a midfielder, was the best player on the pitch in the second half, so it was good for them to be involved against Swaffham’s first team, who weren’t overly physical despite the fact they were bigger side – they played the game the right way.”

FULL-TIME: Swaffham 1, Norwich City U18s 2

CITY: Gill, Barker, McFadden, Lokko, Wyett, Randall, Carroll, Hall-Johnson, Grant-Temple, Morris, Browne
SUBS: Norman, Grant, Collins, Simpson

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