Fakenham Town 0, Norwich City XI 6
A youthful City side cruised to a 6-0 win at Fakenham tonight. Tom Adeyemi scored the first two, with Paul McVeigh cracking home a volley a minute into the second half. Trial player Max Joarder got the fourth before two from another trialist, Troy Powell.
Fakenham 0, Norwich City XI 6
Norwich City may just have unearthed a much-needed gem or two - thanks to City reserve team boss Ian Crook and his old pal Micky Hazard, the former Tottenham midfielder.
It was Hazard who helped three youngsters, all released by Premier League Spurs this summer, to get trials with the Canaries, and they exploded on to the scene at Clipbush Park last night.
While all eyes were on old boy Paul McVeigh and summer signing Matt Gill, it was hard to take your eyes off two-goal Troy Powell and Nick Chrysanthou - while a third Spurs lad, Takura Mtandari, and young Aussie Max Joarder, who was also on the scoresheet, were more than just supporting acts.
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“I had a call from Micky Hazzard and he said to me there's some boys from Spurs who have been released for various reasons,” said Crook.
“One (Chrysanthou) had broken his leg twice, and he said, 'do you want a look?' Spurs have always produced good boys and I spoke to Clive Allen and he said they have some good boys there. I thought all three of them did well.
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“The big man up front (Powell) has pace, he's awkward but at the end of the day he scored two goals and set up two. The full back was solid and Nick is a real passer of the ball.”
Crook was happy with the first pre-season performance by a City side this summer - and by the promise show by midfielder Tom Adeyemi, who struck twice in the first half.
“We had one day when I did some work with them and they took it on board,” he said. “I thought at times some of the football we played was really nice.
“At the end of the day I think Tom had five shots of which all five were on target and two he scored. Can you ask for any more?”
Adeyemi and Co are the future, McVeigh is a piece of the past - although there were glimpses of the talent which made him such a crowd favourite and which have prompted manager Bryan Gunn to give him another chance to show that he can do still do a job at Carrow Road.
McVeigh left City in August, 2007 and his last goal was in a 2-2 draw at Leeds in March, 2006, but he bagged a beauty last night.
His appearance was overshadowed at times by Adeyemi and Powell, who bagged the final pair in the rout, set up both for Adeyemi and rattled the woodwork twice.
Gill was skipper for night - and may be a candidate for the armband when Gunn names his captain on the Scotland tour next week - but was the only senior player on show.
McVeigh started on the left flank but it was Adeyemi who shone early on, even though City were fortunate not to go behind when Fakenham had an effort disallowed for offside.
Adeyemi looked sharp, which would have delighted Gunn, and while it took him a shot or two to set his radar, he soon showed why City offered him a pro contract earlier this summer.
Powell had plenty of touches, although he fired horribly high and wide after setting himself up beautifully.
He was denied by keeper Cameron Brown on 21 minutes, but Adeyemi was there to mop up the rebound, shooting home from the edge of the area to put City ahead.
McVeigh showed his vision with a lovely reverse pass, although Damon Lathrope couldn't take advantage, shooting inches wide of the far post.
But Powell set Adeyemi up for City's second on 35 minutes, teasing the home defence before slipping a square ball to the midfielder.
McVeigh went close with a free-kick while George Francomb was denied by Brown.
Gill, as expected, didn't reappear for the second half, but City didn't need him. Within a minute of the restart Adeyemi had found McVeigh down the left and the little midfielder fired an exquisite volley over the head of Brown from 25 yards.
Both scorers departed on 65 minutes as City changed things again and soon after Joarder, a half-time replacement for Dario Dumic, made it 4-0.
Powell added another moments later, but was denied by the woodwork before hitting his second and City's sixth as the match entered the final 10 minutes.
Norwich: Jed Steer, George Francomb, Dario Dumic (Joarder 45), David Stephens, Takura Mtandari Damon Lathrope (Clarke 65), Tom Adeyemi (Osemwegie 65), Matthew Gill (Chrysanthou 45), Paul McVeigh (Dawkin 65) Troy Powell, Kris Renton (Kelly 45). Sub not used: Sam Grieveson.