Dennis is the Canaries menace as he guns down the battling Linnets

King's Lynn Town's Rory McAuley slides into a tackle during the game against Norwich City U23s at Th

King's Lynn Town's Rory McAuley slides into a tackle during the game against Norwich City U23s at The Walks Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

The young guns of Carrow Road inflicted a first pre-season defeat on Ian Culverhouse’s Linnets – thanks to a goal by summer signing Matt Dennis.

The youngster, signed from Arsenal, is the least heralded of the summer arrivals, destined as he is for more development before challenging for a first team place.

But he already looks a piece of astute business, showing a cool head as he slid the ball past the keeper in the 69th minute.

There was plenty to admire from both teams - Lynn have put a lot of store in pace and strength and Jamar Loza has both. Lynn were finding him regularly early on. His partner on the wings, Simon Power – on loan from City – is still not fully fit and watched from the stands as his team-mates did battle.

For Lynn and Culverhouse it is about preparing a team for the new National League campaign. For City, it’s about preparing players to challenge for first team action at a higher level. All of which made for an intriguing encounter.

Action from the The Walks Picture: Ian Burt

Action from the The Walks Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

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Jordan Richards shot straight at City keeper Jon McCracken, while at the other end Tyrese Omotoye forced Lynn keeper Alex Street to save sharply down to his right. Street will be under pressure from another City loan player, Archie Mair – although the youngster was absent as he is on duty with Scotland Under-23s. Instead, on the bench for the first half there was one of pre-season football’s ubiquitous characters, A Triallist,

Street, though, proved that he has more than enough to offer and pulled off a string of defiant saves in the first half. He was happy to see Reece McAlear’s left-foot strike from 20 yards come back off his left post. Moments later William Hondermack played in Dennis, and again Street had to react quickly.

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Omotoye forced Street into another smothering save and when he fired in the loose ball, Aaron Jones was there to steer the ball to the relative safety of a corner,

It was a good spell by the young Canaries and there might have been more problems when Ethan Vaughan was set free down the right, only for Loza to track back and nick the ball away for a corner.

The surprise was that there were no goals at half-time, with Culverhouse opting to change keepers for the second half while his opposite number David Wright, kept the same XI.

Culverhouse made another half dozen changes just past the hour mark, with a first appearance for Cameron King after his return to the club this summer.

Sam Kelly was another change, and almost made an immediate impression with a left-foot shot from distance that was only a foot wide.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 69 minutes when Hondermack played it forward to Dennis who advanced towards goal and slipped it past the keeper.

King’s Lynn Town: Street (A Trialist 46), Browne ( Clunan 62), McAuley (Smith 62), Fleming, Jones, Lozar (Kelly 62), Richards (Barrows 62), Jarvis (Henderson 62), Carey, Hawkins, Southwell (King 62). Norwich City U23s: McCracken, Vaughan, Tomkinson, Omobamidele, Dronfield, Nizet, McAlear, Giurgi (Springett 65), Hondermack, Omotoye, Dennis. Subs: Hutchinson, Warner, Dickenson-Peters, Rowe, Khumbeni, Blair (GK)

Goal: Dennis 69

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