Henderson double denies Reserves win
John Landamore Northampton Town Res 3, Norwich City Res 3: A goal two minutes from time by former Canary striker Ian Henderson robbed Paul Stephenson's team of all three points yesterday reserve team fixture against Northampton Town at Six Fields.
Northampton Town Reserves 3, Norwich City Reserves 3
A goal two minutes from time by former Canary striker Ian Henderson robbed Paul Stephenson's team of all three points at Sixfields.
Henderson had opened the scoring for the Cobblers, but two goals from Chris Martin put City in the driving seat, only for the home side to draw level.
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It seemed like Norwich had secured all three points when, with just nine minutes left on the clock, substitute Ross Kelly scored their third.
But Henderson had other ideas as his late strike saw both teams take a point apiece from an entertaining game.
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Norwich almost made the perfect start when, after barely 60 seconds, Korey Smith forced Chris Dunn into a point blank save with Bally Smart then crashing the rebound onto the crossbar. It was, however, the home side who opened the scoring on seven minutes when Canary keeper Matthew Gilks could only parry a shot into the path of Henderson, who sidefooted into an empty net.
Luke Daley saw a header from a Robert Eagle cross saved by Dunn but with 28 minutes on the clock the Cobblers keeper could do little but watch as Martin picked his spot after collecting a cross from Smart.
Late in the half Gilks did well to save from Colin Larkin while at the other end Dunn denied Daley yet again.
Ten minutes into the second half and Martin scored the goal of the game with a 25-yard half volley that just sneaked inside the post. Martin has now netted seven goals in the last three reserve team games.
City's lead lasted only 12 minutes before they failed to deal with a corner, allowing Sam Maude to smash the ball past Gilks.
With 81 minutes on the clock, City scored the goal that they thought had won them the game when Martin picked out sub Ross Kelly who beat Dunn with a looping shot. Henderson, however, had one more card to play when, with just a hint of offside, he raced clear of the City defence to put the ball past an outstretched Gilks.
t Northampton Town Line-up: Dunn, Jones, Thorogood, Cassidy, Haines, Dolman, Maude, Dyer, Henderson, Larkin, Taylor. Subs not used: Goodall, Suckling, Judd, Benjamin, Marzetti.
t Norwich City Line-up: Gilks, Cave-Brown, Jarvis, (R Kelly 60), Lathrope,(McLean 77), Miller, Spillane, Smart, Smith, Martin, Daley,(Yong 80), Eagle. Subs not used: D Kelly, Arnold.
t Attendance 92.