Looking to take their unbeaten run to four consecutive games, Norwich City Under-18s host Reading Under-18s at the Lotus Training Centre this Saturday (12:30pm).
The Canaries are unmoved in terms of their position in the U18 Premier League table, still finding themselves eighth going into this weekend’s clash with the Royals. However, after their eventful 3-3 clash with West Ham, City have moved up to an impressive 29 points.
Whereas for Reading, a four-game streak of losses sees them eleventh in the division with 16 points, most recently on the receiving end of a 4-3 loss to Southampton in their seven-goal thriller.
After months of chasing, this weekend could finally be the matchday that sees City leapfrog Arsenal in the table as they sit just two points behind the Gunners with a game in hand.
Three points for the Royals wouldn’t do much for their position in the lower ends of the table other than possibly edging them closer to West Ham, should results fall their way.
Eleven goals in three games is more than enough to describe City’s red-hot form as of recent, including a dominant 5-0 win over Southampton.
The Canaries last outing against West Ham was an eventful one, taking just a point from a late Hammers’ leveller.
An early finish from George Earthy gave the visitors the lead, but an incredible three goals in five minutes flipped the advantage in City’s favour. Earthy found his brace when he fired into a crowded Canaries box and found the bottom corner, then a 70th minute chip from Remy Coddington rescued the Hammers a point.
City would’ve liked to forget their last meeting with the Royals earlier this season after their 5-2 loss at Bearwood Park Training Facility. Mamadi Kamara and Nahum Melvin-Lambert kicked off proceedings with a goal apiece by the ten-minute mark.
Brad Hills pulled one back for City with his bullet-header, but it was cancelled out after Lewis Shipley’s own-goal. Further goals from Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan and Melvin-Lambert saw the game out of reach for the Canaries, even after Jon Rowe’s penalty found the back of the net.
As part of the club’s weekend-long boycott of social media in a stand against online abuse, Saturday’s game will not have updates on the official academy Twitter. Instead, you can follow all of the action through a live blog on the canaries.co.uk website.