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City advance to Papa John's Trophy round two despite defeat at Cheltenham

10 November 2020

Norwich City Under-21s finished second in the Papa John's Trophy Southern Group F after losing 1-0 to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening.

The defeat means that Norwich will still progress to the second round of the tournament, but will face an away tie against a team that topped their group.

City had the first chance of the game when Matthew Dennis was crowded out inside the 18-yard box. He still managed to work the ball back to Tyrese Omotoye, whose powerful shot was saved by Scott Flinders diving down to his left.

As the sides exchanged possession, the first half became one of few chances, at least until the 27th minute, when Grant Horton was brought down on the edge of the area. Ellis Chapman drilled the free-kick low into the box, but the Canaries cleared the danger.

Reuben Reid, scorer of all three of Cheltenham's goals so far in the competition, had the next effort, heading back across goal a cross from the left wing but seeing the ball sail wide in the 32nd minute.

The Canaries struggled to get a clear sight at goal as the first half progressed, the final ball not quite meeting the intended recipient on a handful of occasions.

Cheltenham didn't really test Jon McCracken either, and the two sides went into the break level pegging at 0-0.

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Early in the second half, Cheltenham gave the ball away to Dennis in a dangerous area. The City forward managed to get a shot away, but the hosts put it out for a corner which amounted to naught.

The Canaries came closer in the 54th minute, as Josh Giurgi found William Hondermarck in a central position. The latter flicked the ball onto Omotoye who shot on his left foot from a narrowing angle, forcing Flinders into tipping the ball onto his post and wide.

Omotoye's next effort was less problematic for Cheltenham, performing a few step-overs on the right wing before cutting inside and shooting well wide on his left foot.

The visitors continued to look more likely to open the scoring, getting behind the Cheltenham defence in the 66th minute. Giurgi darted down the right wing before putting the ball across the face of goal, where it met Hondermarck whose shot was saved.

At the other end, Lloyd did get the first goal of the game moments later, George Lloyd finding himself through on goal and shooting past the onrushing McCracken for 1-0.

Cheltenham continued looking for the second, Alex Addai finding Tom Chamberlain on the edge of the area, the latter having his shot pushed over the bar by McCracken with just under 20 minutes remaining.

City responded through Dennis moments later, who came in from the left wing to smash a shot on goal from distance, but Flinders was equal to it with a dive to the right.

Cheltenham Town starting XI: Flinders, Horton, Bowry, Raglan, Freestone, Sang, Clements, Chapman (Chamberlain 60'), Addai, Reid (Ebanks 76'), Lloyd (Blair 80')
Subs not used: Harris, Williams, Boyle, Sercombe
Goals: Lloyd (67')
Bookings: Addai (68'), Freestone (82'), Ebanks (87')

Norwich City starting XI: McCracken, Vaughan, Omobamidele, Tomkinson, Nizet, Dronfield, Giurgi, McAlear, Omotoye, Dennis (Dickson-Peters 78'), Hondermarck (Hutchinson (88')
Subs not used: Blair, Jackson, Khumbeni

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