|10.11.12: Norwich City U18s 3 West Bromwich Albion U18s 4|
|Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:21|
There were goals galore at Colney on Saturday with the visitors WBA taking all three points in a seven goal thriller. Neil Adams named a young side that contained no second year scholars and like last week there was a sprinkling of trialists.
The Canaries made the best possible start when they were awarded a penalty after just seven minutes that captain Cameron Norman duly converted.
Their lead however lasted just five minutes when the Baggies drew level, Ged Oldnall was on hand to finish at close range after Liam Sharpe could only parry a fierce shot.
Harvey Hodd was denied by the visitor’s keeper Alex Palmer when he turned a 25 yard effort over the crossbar, while at the other end Sharpe made a good save to deny Aaron Birch.
West Brom slowly but surely took the game by the scruff of the neck as Sharpe produced another good save, while moments later Joel Ambalu blasted a shot across the face of City’s goal.
City rode their luck when a shot deflected off Ray Grant onto the crossbar, while in the closing minutes of the first half both Roderick Young and Jamie Eaton Collins went close for Norwich.
Just 60 seconds into the second half and West Brom got their noses in front when a free kick was flicked onto the far post and Birch was perfectly placed to slot the ball home.
It took a double save from Sharpe to deny Oldhall but the Baggies frontman was not to be denied on 60 minutes when he scored the visitors third.
To their credit City never gave up the chase and on 73 minutes following a corner Kevin Lokko pulled a goal back, and they were unlucky not to pull level when Young saw a shot deflected wide for a corner.
Just eight minutes before full time West Brom restored their two goal advantage when Sharpe slipped on the edge of the area allowing the ball to be slotted home.
With what was the last kick of the game Norwich scored their third when Lokko was on hand at the far post to head the ball back for substitute Dominic St Louis to head the ball home.
City Line-Up: Sharpe, Norman [Carroll 59], Grant, Hayden, Lokko, Wyatt, Sarmento, Young, Browne, Hodd, Eaton Collins [St. Louis 65].
Subs Not Used: Oxborough, Fox, Sweeney.
Norwich City Man of the Match: Harvey Hodd.
Match Report and Photos courtesy John Landamore