Norwich City’s Josh Dawkin making mark at Kettering
Norwich City youngster Josh Dawkin made his mark at Kettering Town with a sizzling volley on Saturday – and now hopes his parent club will allow him to continue his good work in the FA Cup.
Having made his Poppies debut with a 20-minute run out for Town’s nine men at Newport, injury allowed the on-loan 19-year-old to get an hour under his belt at the weekend. And Dawkin used wisely, conjuring a magnificent equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet United during what was a man of the match performance.
The Blue Square Bet Premier club already hopes to extend the City Academy product’s loan beyond its initial month, but before that boss Mark Stimson is trying to soften up City assistant manager and friend Ian Culverhouse to allow Dawkin to appear in the Poppies’ FA Cup fourth qualifying round home clash with Essex Senior League Premier Division leaders Southend Manor this weekend.
Highly-rated Dawkin has two Johnstone’s Paint Trophy appearances for City in 2009 to his name, as well as playing in City’s FA Cup second round defeat at Carlisle in the same season – making his Norwich debut at the age of just 17.
However, with chances slim the Wales Under-19 winger would be required for Canaries cup duty this term Stimson should get the go-ahead to make full use of his Norwich winger.
“It was a great feeling to score a goal at home,” said Dawkin. “It is the first real part I have played since I joined and it was fantastic to get a goal.
“The ball fell really nicely for me and I knew I was going to hit it. Thankfully, it has gone in and I was delighted.
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“The lads picked up a couple of good results just before I arrived and the atmosphere is good around the training ground. I have had a few minutes under my belt now and that’s what I need.
“There are some good players here and the manager is trying to get us to play good football, it’s not just long ball like most people probably think it is.”
Speaking to the Northampton Evening Telegraph, Dawkin added: “I just want to come here and get some games, hopefully it will all help my progress in the future. The facilities are a bit different, of course. But that’s something you have to adapt to and this whole experience will be good for me.
“It’s another home game at the weekend and hopefully I will get the nod and it would be great to get a first start.”