Norwich City Under-23s scored three second half goals to come back from 3-0 down against Boston United in their first game of the pre-season on Saturday.
The hosts didn’t waste much time before finding their first good chance of the game, which resulted in the first goal. Just on the ten-minute mark, it was Jordan Burrow who got his head on the end of Terry Hawkridge’s cross, nodding it past Joe Rose in the six-yard box for the opener.
Continuing their momentum, Pilgrim’s fans wouldn’t wait long until the second goal of the afternoon in front of a full crowd. Less than a minute into City’s restart, Boston dispossessed Tom Trybull in the midfield for Jake Wright Jr to calmly finish in front of goal.
Two goals with just a minute between them woke the young Canaries up as they settled into the match. Looking to get one back, Tom Dickson-Peters stole the ball high up the pitch as he looked for Aidan Fitzpatrick, the pass narrowly escaping the winger.
Just 15 minutes later and another City mistake proved costly, this time the Canaries’ misplaced pass giving Joe Leesley the opportunity to shoot from a tight-angle inside the box and find the back of the net.
Dan Adshead came close to pulling one back for City just before the half time break, his curling effort taking an unfortunate deflection into the path of Boston ‘keeper Sykes-Kenworthy for a comfortable save.
City came out with much more intensity for the second half, Fitzpatrick surging forward again, this time his cross just behind Adshead as yellow shirts flooded the box for the counter-attack.
A more dominant start to the second half saw City’s chances pay out in dividends, finding their first goal of the afternoon through a Tom Dickson-Peters and Rob Nizet set-piece, seeing the latter set-up to shoot from the edge of the box and find the bottom corner calmly.
Much like Boston’s initial two goals in the first half, the Canaries made it two-for-one as Adshead found the back of the net with his fine strike from the edge of the box, putting City just a goal behind with 30 minutes to play.
Dealing with pressure well and attacking vigilantly, City worked hard for the remainder of the second half, until their efforts were rewarded in the dying minutes of the game. Picking up a second-chance effort inside the Boston box, Adshead bagged his brace on the afternoon with a driven shot firing into the bottom left corner to level the scores.
Coming from three down to take the draw from the Pilgrims, it was a good afternoon’s work for the young Canaries as they began their pre-season preparations.
Norwich City starting XI: Rose (St. Paul, 74), Giurgi, Nizet (Stewart, 62), Tomkinson, Klose, Trybull (Kamara, 62), Adshead, Riley (Khumbeni, 46), Dickson-Peters, Fitzpatrick (Hutchinson, 72), Earley
Goals: Nizet (59), Adshead (61)
Boston United starting XI: Sykes-Kenworthy, Duxbury, Platt, Shiels, Burrow, Wright Jnr, Ferguson, Wright Snr, Dimaio, Hawkridge, Leesley
Goals: Burrow (10), Wright Jr (11), Leesley (40)